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Girard-Perregaux – A place in history
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Girard-Perregaux – A place in history

Tuesday, 12 April 2016
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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When did Girard-Perregaux win a gold medal for its Tourbillon with three gold bridges? In what year did the first woman go into space? When did Beethoven compose his Symphony No. 5? Answers on the dials of 225 unique renditions of the Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet watch, which traces 225 years in the life of the Manufacture.

What better homage than to celebrate 225 years of history with as many unique watches? The Girard-Perregaux Manufacture underscores this special year with « Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet », an exceptional and unprecedented collection. Each dial is notable for its original combination of decorations. And, for the very first time, the Manufacture’s emblematic Pont d’or, soars above a Microvar balance wheel. Thanks to a new automatic manufacture calibre, the opening below the Golden Bridge reveals the variable inertia Microvar balance. Each dial of this emblematic collection reveals a small golden plate engraved with a year between 1791 and 2016. At the center of the timepiece, a quote recalls a remarkable event of the year, starting with the founding date of Girard-Perregaux, in 1791. The Manufacture refines further the personalization of each watch in this series with a different index style, minutes scale and its decoration: barley-corn or cross-weave basket guilloche with a s atin or sandblasted finish.

Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet 1867
Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet 1867

The face of the series models takes up the Manufacture’s emblematic Golden Bridge. Situated at 6 o’clock, it stretches above the oscillations of the Microvar balance for the first time. On this edition, Girard-Perregaux alternates the colors, finishes, decorations of the dial and types of indexes. Depending on the period, the index also adopt different styles. At 9 o’clock, the small golden plaque, mounted directly on the movement, appears on the face through a window. At the center, a quote emphasizes a relevant event of the year displayed: be it in Girard-Perregaux’s history or in horology’s, but also cultural, scientific or politically significant milestones. Thus, the year 1808, with its taupe dial and flamboyant guilloché, celebrates Beethoven’s N°5 Symphony. Or in the case of the 1963 model a quote with a blue coarse sandblasted dial, recounts the first woman’s flight in space.

Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet 2016
Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet 2016

Beginning with this 225th anniversary, this collection, as well as all future Girard-Perregaux’s creations, will display a new logo, which is labeled with the year 1791. On each of these unique dials, « leaf-shaped » hands, covered with luminescent material, indicate the passing of time.

The sapphire crystal case-back reveals the caliber and its gold oscillating weight, which is also engraved with Girard-Perregaux’s founding date, 1791. The new GP01800-0005 automatic mechanical calibre constitutes an evolution of the manufacture movement GP01800. In this new development, with completely revamped architecture and design, Girard-Perregaux has moved the variable inertia Microvar balance on the dial side, creating an unprecedented animation.

The Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet case, in pink gold, boasts a 41 mm diameter, and a height slightly under eleven millimeters. The case and lugs extend into a black alligator strap, with a deployment buckle, also in pink gold. The watch is guaranteed water resistant to 30 meters.

Find more information on www.girard-perregaux.com

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