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Girard-Perregaux GPHG 2016

The Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge and La Esmeralda Tourbillon awarded at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2016.

The Girard-Perregaux Manufacture has seen the work of its watchmakers rewarded by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2016. Indeed, the brand, which celebrates its 225th anniversary this year had the honor of seeing its emblematic Three Bridges distinguished twice yesterday during the ceremony in Geneva. The Jury awarded the High Mechanical Ladies Watches Prize to the Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge and the Tourbillon Prize to the famous Esmeralda Tourbillon, reedited this year in tribute to the masterpiece Pocket watch of the Manufacture, already rewarded in 1889 by a gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

«It is an honor to be rewarded with two prizes distinguishing our know-how in Haute Horlogerie in both categories Ladies High Mech and Tourbillon with a men’s watch.» stated Antonio Calce, CEO of Girard-Perregaux.

Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge

The Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge is a perfect fusion of expertise in both watchmaking and jewellery. Its feminine curves sparkle with 50 beautifully set diamonds
 on the bezel. Its distinctive oval case in white gold frames a superb dial of meticulously decorated white mother-of-pearl. Gently rounded leaf-shaped hands float elegantly above a floral motif engraved in relief on the mother-of-pearl, the two elements coming together as one. At 6 o’clock, the iconic Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon,  reigns majestically under a Gold Bridge delicately carved with a floral motif that echoes the dial. It precisely regulates the running of the manually wound calibre GP09700- 00012, which contains 174 parts decorated, adjusted and assembled by hand.

Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye GPHG 2016

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La Esmeralda Tourbillon

As the successor to the 27 Tourbillons with Three Bridges registered with the Neuchâtel Observatory by Girard-Perregaux from 1865 to 1911, the Esmeralda Tourbillon tells the story of a passion for aesthetics and accuracy.

Its 18-carat pink-gold case measuring 44 mm in diameter houses the Tourbillon with Three Bridges mechanical calibre with automatic winding. Known as reference GP09400, this large 16-ligne movement, developed and manufactured in-house, takes up the entire case-band and, especially in this instance, features a 14.3 mm diameter tourbillon carriage and a 10.5 mm diameter balance wheel.

In the same vein, the unidirectional automatic winding system developed by Girard-Perregaux breaks new ground by now calling on a rotor that is positioned concentrically under the barrel rather than on the outer edge. Thanks to this ingenious construction, the watchmakers were able increase the diameter of the barrel drum and therefore lengthen the spring to give the piece a power reserve of at least 60 hours, compared to 48 hours previously. This tourbillon watch features a carriage boasting refined lines and the lyre shape of which adopts the form developed by Constant Girard-Perregaux.

GPHG 2016

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