Girard-Perregaux

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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  • 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.

  • 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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Featured Girard-Perregaux Watches

  • Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. 93500-53-131-BA6C - face view

    Girard-Perregaux

    Constant Escapement L.M.

  • Girard-Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Tourbillon sous Trois Ponts d'Or 99193-52-002-BA6A - face view

    Girard-Perregaux

    Haute Horlogerie

    Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges

  • Girard-Perregaux Full Calendar 49535-52-151-BK6A - face view

    Girard-Perregaux

    Girard-Perregaux 1966

    Full Calendar

  • Girard-Perregaux Traveller ww.tc 49700-11-631-BB6B - face view

    Girard-Perregaux

    Traveller

    ww.tc

  • girard-perregaux-hawk ceramic-sea hawk-49960-32-632-fk6a

    Girard-Perregaux

    Sea Hawk

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The Chamber of Wonders - Center of the Universe, Earth

— Discover the second model of the Chamber of Wonders trio, “Center of the Universe, Earth”, unveiled at Baselworld this year.
JULY 17, 2016
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Girard-Perregaux La Esmeralda Tourbillon
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Video. The Esmeralda Tourbillon

— To celebrate its 225th anniversary, Girard-Perregaux unveils a watch inspired by the Tourbillon with Three Gold bridges pocket chronometer that won the gold medal at the universal exhibition in Paris in 1889.
JULY 13, 2016
Girard-Perregaux - La Chambre des Merveilles, Globe Céleste
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The Chamber of Wonders, "Celestial Globe"

— The Chamber of Wonders collection encompasses three watches with dials that either celebrate the earth as seen from space, or space as viewed from earth.
JULY 11, 2016
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The revenge of steel

— While sometimes eclipsed by other, more technical materials, steel is regaining its status as the king of metals in watchmaking. It is affordable, aesthetically pleasing and an undeniably noble material.
JUNE 15, 2016
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A look at the latest watches with different calendar complications

— Simple, complete, perpetual, annual or secular: calendars embody the measurement of periods longer than a day. There are more than ten different types, which can prove somewhat bewildering. Worldtempus gets you up to…date.
JUNE 07, 2016
Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie - SIHH 2017
SIHH 2017

New exhibitors and public access

— For its 2017 edition, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie announces the arrival of new exhibitors and an open day to the general public.
MAY 23, 2016
Newsletter

Showdown in the slowdown

— As our coverage this week shows, watch industry activity marches relentlessly on, while behind the scenes there is manoeuvring at the world’s two biggest watch shows.
MAY 23, 2016
Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Majestic
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Cat’s Eye Majestic

— This new Cat's Eye model is even more contemporary with its new vertical, oval shape, set with diamonds.
MAY 22, 2016
Chopard Scheufele family
15 years of great content

The Scheufele family: sustainability on all fronts

— 14 years ago, the Scheufele family that took over Chopard in 1963 were quoted in Swiss magazine Bilan’s 300 richest people in Switzerland. They were still there, and slightly richer, last year.
MAY 19, 2016
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The hidden stories of Breguet, Eterna, Longines,...

— Find out what is hidden behind a watch brand’s logo. An essential element of their visual identity, it is immediately recognisable, but also easily misunderstood.
MAY 18, 2016
Girard-Perregaux SIHH 2012
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Back to the SIHH

— Girard-Perregaux Manufacture announces its return to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in 2017.
MAY 17, 2016
Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet 2016
Girard-Perregaux

225 years of watch creation

— Girard-Perregaux is celebrating its 225th anniversary with the launch of the Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet collection, an anniversary series made up of 225 unique pieces.
MAY 05, 2016
New time zone for Venezuela
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Venezuela sets the clock forward... again

— The country adopts a more logical offset from UTC with its new time zone.
MAY 01, 2016
  • Girard-Perregaux - Chronographe Stradale
    Girard-Perregaux

    Stradale Chronograph

    — At Baselworld 2016, Girard-Perregaux launched its first two chronographs with automatic winding as part of the new “Sport Competizione” collection.
    MARCH 31, 2016
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    Skeleton watches

    — Worldtempus profiles a selection of skeleton watches from among the multitude of new timepieces presented at Baselworld.
    MARCH 22, 2016
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    Video. 225th Anniversary

    — The film recounts the rich history and heritage of Girard-Perregaux.
    MARCH 20, 2016
  • Girard-Perregaux La Esmeralda Tourbillon 2016
    Girard-Perregaux

    The Esmeralda Tourbillon

    — An exceptional watch for Girard-Perregaux's 225th anniversary.
    MARCH 19, 2016
  • Baselworld 2016

    Low price, high spec

    — Baselworld 2016 is setting the stage for a new trend. There are still plenty of eye-wateringly expensive watches to be had, but new price thresholds are...
    MARCH 18, 2016
  • Girard-Perregaux - La Esmeralda
    Girard-Perregaux

    Video. La Esmeralda

    — At Baselworld 2016, Girard-Perregaux unveils La Esmeralda Tourbillon.
    MARCH 16, 2016