Girard-Perregaux – 1966 Small Second (PRE-SIHH 2011)

A heritage of tradition – Carrying the legacy of Girard-Perregaux’s clean, refined style, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection embodies the Brand’s all-encompassing expertise in creating great watchmaking classics. The latest creation in this line, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second model, with a design of the utmost purity, bears the distinctive hallmarks of a refined timepiece right down to the smallest details.

A modern yet timeless spirit infuses the creations of Girard-Perregaux. The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second, with a 40 mm round case, embraces this philosophy perfectly. The design is largely inspired by Girard-Perregaux’s 19th century pocket watches. For a contemporary homage to this secular tradition, it quickly became clear that enamel was the only choice for the dial. The properties of enamel and its special component make the dial it adorns resistant, lending it depth and a unique character.

This traditional technique, now only mastered by a very few experts, consists of fixing the enamel powder and ensuring its harmonious balance through heat during delicate firing stages. Complementing this inspiration are elegant painted Arabic numerals which punctuate the movement of the blued steel leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, while the small second hand marks its path around a counter at 6 o’clock.

This model beats in time to a new automatic movement, developed from the Girard-Perregaux calibre 3300. In line with the Brand’s ongoing quest for excellence, this masterpiece of watch creation offers a modified small second display, just slightly offset to balance the design perfectly. The diversity and richness of the decorations and finishes adorning the multiple components can be seen through a transparent sapphire case-back.

Movement – Girard-Perregaux GP03300-50. Mechanical self-winding movement. Calibre 11 ½ ’’’. Frequency – 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz). Power reserve – Minimum 46 hours. Jewels – 32.

Case – White gold or pink gold. Diameter – 40 mm. Antireflective sapphire crystal. Sapphire case-back. Water resistance – 30 metres.

Functions – Hour, minute, small second.

Dial – «Grand Feu» enamel.

Strap – Alligator strap with ardillon buckle.

Source: Girard-Perregaux

 

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