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Girard-Perregaux – By the light of the moon
New Models

Girard-Perregaux – By the light of the moon

Thursday, 16 February 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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The Cat’s Eye Celestial achieves a perfect union of mechanical precision and aesthetic refinement. Its oval shape frames a generous and majestic moon.

The iconic Cat’s Eye case provides the moon with a setting worthy of its radiant face. Its opulent oval shape is a vibrant appeal to sensuality, gently embracing the curve of the wrist and adorning it like a living jewel. Crafted in pink gold and set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds, it exquisitely frames a guilloché hand-polished white mother-of-pearl dial. The guilloché motif, along with the gem-set drop-shaped hour-markers, draw the eye to the moon phase whose broad 8.9 mm-diameter disc performs a full rotation in 59 days. Contrary to usual practice, the device driving the display of this complication is not linked to the arbour of the hour’s wheel, but is instead connected to the barrel and therefore moves smoothly without any jerking.

Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Celestial
Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Celestial
“It’s a date” 360 years from now…

Girard-Perregaux wanted this complication to be as beautiful as it is accurate. Slightly domed in order to create a depth effect, the moon phase is depicted in mother-of-pearl marquetry and aventurine glass that the artisan has then polished by hand. Girard-Perregaux wished to endow the moon phase on the Cat’s Eye Celestial with a degree of precision testifying to the high standards upheld by the Maison. A classical moon phase accumulates a one-day discrepancy every two and a half years, while the one on the Cat’s Eye Celestial requires only one correction every 360 years.

Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Celestial
Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Celestial
Inner beauty

In the same spirit, this new model is driven by a self-winding movement designed, developed and crafted by the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux in keeping with the finest Swiss watchmaking traditions. This 240-part movement with its 46-hour power reserve is also distinguished by its superb finishing, with Côtes de Genève and circular-graining adorning the main plate, blued steel screws, as well as an oscillating weight bearing a “GP” tapestry-style motif.
In a supreme touch of refinement, the Cat’s Eye Celestial is fitted with a pink gold bracelet matching the case, or with an alligator leather strap graced by a midnight blue shade eminently suited to a watch celebrating the night star.

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