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.
5 key dates
- About Girard-Perregaux
Girard-Perregaux is a Swiss fine watchmaker that dates back to 1791. Talented watchmaker Jean-François Bautte gained fame for his extra-flat watches and founded a watchmaking firm in Geneva, bringing together all the watchmaking trades of the day together under the same roof – a major first.
In 1852, Constant Girard founded Girard & Cie. Two years later, he married Marie Perregaux; following this marriage, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds was established in 1856.
Eleven years later, Constant Girard-Perregaux presented the legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, winning a prize at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.
As it stepped undaunted into the twentieth century, Girard-Perregaux was one of the few manufactures to have an R&D team. This department enabled the brand to develop a number of revolutionary movements, as well as draw up the specifications for the quartz watch.
In 1966, Girard-Perregaux introduced the first high frequency movement (36,000 vibrations per hour). Watches fitted with this movement boast excellent performance. In 1967, 70 percent of chronometer certificates issued by the Neuchâtel Observatory went to High Frequency Chronometers.
The Constant Escapement – a complete technical revolution – was unveiled in 2013. Five years' worth of research and development were necessary to achieve this significant breakthrough in watchmaking history. Although its name is a nod to one of the Firm's historical figures, Constant Girard-Perregaux, first and foremost it refers to an almost mythical concept in mechanical watchmaking that has mesmerised designers since time immemorial: constant force. Girard-Perregaux has taken up the challenge of mastering this using a groundbreaking approach.
The Kering Group has held a majority stake in Girard-Perregaux since 2011.
- Girard-Perregaux's philosophy
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.
The firm is completely focused on exceptional haute horlogerie design, and is one of just a few to bring together all the trades to design and produce its movements in one place. With over 80 patents, Girard-Perregaux is fully dedicated to research and development, ensuring that its unique heritage remains an ongoing part of modern watchmaking.
Faithful to its tradition of excellence, Girard-Perregaux seeks to pass on this legacy; it is actively committed to handing down its watchmaking heritage to emerging talent.
- Girard-Perregaux's 5 key dates
1791: origins of Girard-Perregaux; Jean-François Bautte gains a reputation in Geneva for his extra-flat watches
1852: watchmaker Constant Girard founds Girard & Cie in La Chaux-de-Fonds
1889: Constant Girard-Perregaux reveals his Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, which wins a prize at the Universal Exposition in Paris
1966: creation of the first high frequency movement (36,000 vibrations per hour)
2008: creation of the constant force escapement
- Girard-Perregaux's collections
Vintage 1945: Well before vintage became fashionable, Girard-Perregaux devised a collection inspired by the design of one of its 1945 Art Deco style watches. Since then, various versions have offered a contemporary take on the unique personality of the Vintage 1945 line.
Girard-Perregaux 1966: In the 1960s, Girard-Perregaux was one of the very few watchmaking Manufactures to have its own Research & Development team. In 1966, it launched the first High Frequency movement, offering outstanding performance in terms of accuracy. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection pays tribute to this period – as well as incorporating the fruit of the Manufacture's ongoing commitment to innovation.
Cat's Eye: Cat's Eye is a women's collection that has won a number of awards. It features a graceful time display on the oval dial that has now become an icon for the firm.
Traveller: The new Traveller collection – including a large date and moon's phase model and a “world time” model – revisits the characteristics of the illustrious ww.tc and Laureato collections.
Hawk: The Hawk collection (Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk) builds on the specific Girard-Perregaux design codes to assert its personality in 21st century style. The powerful, chunky 44mm sports case sets the tone.
Haute Horlogerie: This distinction denotes the firm's grand complications and specific timepieces, including the Tourbillon with Gold Bridges, the Constant Escapement, the Minute Repeater and Haute Joaillerie.
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