Girard-Perregaux Neo Bridges: bridging the gap
The Neo Bridges ushers in a tourbillon-free design to an iconic collection.
First came the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. The movement with its architecture unapologetically on display became a signature of Girard-Perregaux, as well as being one of watchmaking’s standout successes of the last 30 years. The concept was subsequently given a new treatment in line with the contemporary preference for accessibility, performance, original design and the colour black. The Neo-Tourbillon took a more modern architectural route, focusing on blacks and greys, and creating a contemporary interpretation of a classic. The next logical step of this variation on a theme – a theme that has become an essential component of the company’s very identity – was to retain the bridges but reconfigure them, making them more accessible, without sacrificing their soul. Thus the Bridges range was born, and the Neo Bridges are part of that.
Neo Bridge Réf: GP08400-0001 © David Chokron
Place Girardet, another way of accessing the bridges of a Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges in a simpler model © David Chokron
The rest of the watch is anthracite grey, also with a sand-brushed finish. The Neo Bridges gives the impression of being a skeletonised watch, although in fact only the bridges and hands are actually openworked. But they are so central to the design that they dictate the overall style of the watch. With no dial in the way, it doesn’t matter that the baseplate is full and opaque, as is obvious from the back of the watch. With a well-managed diameter of 45 mm and a reasonable 12 mm depth, the Neo Bridges succeeds in creating a Three Bridges experience of modern design and high quality, but without a tourbillon, which makes it far more accessible in price terms.
Neo Bridge Ref: GP08400-0001 © David Chokron
Ever since 1791, Girard-Perregaux has been pursuing its course in the best tradition of Fine Watchmaking. The Maison’s history has been characterised by legendary timepieces that combine cutting-edge design with innovative technology.Find out more >
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