This new creation fits perfectly into the Manufacture’s long tradition of expertise, paying tribute to the 1960s when the technical and timekeeping innovations developed by Girard-Perregaux were awarded the Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary Prize. The pioneering watchmaker was one of the first to have its own Research & Development department, and in 1966 it introduced the first high-frequency movement that gave its watches an exceptional level of precision. Today, the 1966 collection continues the legacy of integrating useful complications in classical watches known for their aesthetic simplicity and impeccable finish. The case, with a diameter of 41mm, incorporates a slightly domed crystal and a polished, diamond-effect bezel elegantly inclined as part of its refined design. For optimal comfort on the wrist, the horns are also curved, giving the case a pure flowing line. The 1966 collection is enhanced with a moon phases indicator that is particularly beautiful. Linked to the barrel, this function is a wonderful example of Girard-Perregaux expertise.
It is joined, for the first time in the 1966 collection, by a patented large date display. This highly perfected mechanism consists of two superimposed disks built into the GP03300 automatic manufacture movement. It displays the date with no border between the digits for exceptional readability. The upper disk is virtually invisible thanks to its transparency and its thickness of 0.10 mm, equivalent to a sheet of paper.
In an extraordinary technical achievement, the date advances in less than 100th of a second, confirming the quality of the timepiece in terms of advanced watchmaking expertise.
The curved dial is a marvel with applied baton-type markers and curved, polished leaf-shaped hands. This special design is both contemporary and classic – a distinguishing feature of the 1966 collection. The small seconds hand is centred on the moon phases indicator, in the purest watchmaking tradition. The sapphire case-back reveals the movement composed of 290 parts, including its oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève. Sophisticated finishing is a specialty of Girard-Perregaux. This collection is available in white or pink gold, on an alligator leather strap that highlights its timeless character inspired by the Manufacture’s heritage that spans more than two centuries.