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Girard-Perregaux - Three new Cat's Eye watches

Girard-Perregaux Three new Cat's Eye watches

As part of the Pre-SIHH 2019 new models, Girard-Perregaux unveils three variations on the theme of its Cat’s Eye.

The depth of the Cat’s Eye Majestic, Celestial and Tourbillon's aventurine glass dial irresistibly evokes the Island of Murano. A place that gave rise to masterpieces that were to experience extraordinary destinies in powerful families and royal courts. Air, water and fire are transformed in Murano, by means of preciously safeguarded trade secrets. The aventurine glass (also known as goldstone) was born in the 18th century from mishandling by a glassmaker who accidentally ("all’avventura") spilled copper filings into the traditional mixture of silica, soda and incandescent lime. While initially slow to react, the matter was gradually transformed into sparkling glass studded with golden spangles. 

Cat’s Eye Majestic Aventurine 

Trois nouvelles Cat's Eye

Cat’s Eye Majestic Aventurine © Girard-Perregaux

On the new Cat’s Eye Majestic, the oval - the epitome of femininity - is arranged vertically and beautifully extended by the tapering lugs. The pink gold case is set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds and houses an enigmatic and nocturnal dial, hovering between blue and black. The fascinating golden inclusions sparkle like remote yet dazzling stars. Adorning the pink gold central oval ring, 24 drop-shaped diamonds heralds the hours. 

The Cat’s Eye Majestic displays the hours and minutes thanks to a mechanical self-winding movement endowed with a 46-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal case-back provides a chance to admire this in-house movement adorned according to the high standards cherished by Girard-Perregaux, notably illustrated by the gold oscillating weight bearing the “GP tapestry” motif.

The watch is fitted with a blue alligator leather strap secured by a pink gold folding clasp.

Cat’s Eye Celestial Aventurine 

Trois nouvelles Cat's Eye

Cat’s Eye Celestial Aventurine © Girard-Perregaux

La Cat’s Eye Celestial ovale horizontale accueille une phase de lune sophistiquée, tant sur le plan esthétique que mécanique. De proportions généreuses, elle est mise en valeur par une marqueterie de nacre polie à la main et d’aventurine. Ajustable par le biais de la couronne, elle est précise au point de ne nécessiter qu’une correction tous les 360 ans. 

L’aventurine scintillante du cadran fait écho à l’éclat des diamants symbolisant les heures et à ceux de la lunette. La Cat’s Eye Celestial est animée par un mouvement Maison, le calibre à remontage automatique GP03300-0125, conçu, développé, fabriqué et fini dans la plus pure tradition de la Haute Horlogerie. Il offre une autonomie de 46 heures à la montre. 

Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Aventurine

Trois nouvelles Cat's Eye

Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Aventurine © Girard-Perregaux

In the sky portrayed on the night blue dial, the trail of baguette-cut diamonds evokes the shooting stars. The result of great patience and dexterity, the gemsetting on this Cat’s Eye begins by selecting stones according to their quality as well as by decreasing size so as to ensure they fit perfectly together. This will determine the vivacity of the motif thus created, like a dazzling effect whose radiance is increased tenfold by the aventurine. 

The flurry of baguette-cut diamonds continues along the bezel, accentuating the dainty curves of its oval shape, and then spilling onto the subtly elongated lugs. The couture tone is thus set and enhanced by the the gemset gold bow holding the tourbillon which is beautifully hand finished.

This expertise has been lavished on the entire hand-wound in-house movement, clearly signalling its place within the rarefied spheres of Fine Watchmaking. The one-of-a-kind Cat’s Eye Tourbillon is set with 6.20 cts of diamonds, right the way through to its flower-shaped crown adorned with a rose-cut diamond.

The brand

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.

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