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.

  • Contact Girard-Perregaux

    Girard-Perregaux
    Place Girardet 1
    CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
    T. +41 32 911 33 33

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Featured Girard-Perregaux Watches

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    Constant Escapement L.M.

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    Haute Horlogerie

    Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges

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    Girard-Perregaux 1966

    Full Calendar

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    Traveller

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    Sea Hawk

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— Girard-Perregaux unveils a new reinterpretation of its iconic Girard-Perregaux 1966 watch, with a pink gold case featuring an exclusive guilloché dial.
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
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Tourbillon Tri-Axial en or gris © Girard-Perregaux
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Tri-Axial Tourbillon in white gold

— Girard-Perregaux introduces a limited edition of 10 pieces, in white gold, of its Tri-Axial Tourbillon.
JANUARY 22, 2015
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Italian substitution

— Antonio Calce replaces Michele Sofisti as the new CEO of Sowind Group, taking charge of the Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard brands
JANUARY 13, 2015
L'heure bleue Girard-Perregaux 1966 © Girard-Perregaux
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The blue hour Girard-Perregaux 1966

— The brand unveils a new version of its 1966 model. This time, the timeless classic is dressed in blue.
JANUARY 06, 2015
Girard Perregaux © Markus&Koala
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10th anniversary of the Cat's Eye

— Girard-Perregaux celebrates a decade of its iconic Cat’s Eye and announces the support of a new art book project by Markus & Koala.
DECEMBER 29, 2014
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— To give as presents or enjoy for yourself? In both cases, Christmas is the ideal time to dive into a bit of good watchmaking reading, with the cream of the 2014 crop!
DECEMBER 18, 2014
Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Tourbillon sous Pont d'Or
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Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge

— Girard Perregaux has enhanced its Tourbillon with Gold Bridge to enchant lovers of beautiful watchmaking.
DECEMBER 11, 2014
 “Protect What Is Precious”
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Video. Susan & David Rockefeller “Protect What Is Precious”

— The brand along with Susan et David Rockefeller commit to sustainable development.
NOVEMBER 28, 2014
Salon Belles Montres Paris
Exhibitions

Salon Belles Montres

— WorldTempus returns from the Salon Belles Montres in Paris, which this year offered a feast for fans of independent watch brands
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Vintage 1945 Grande Date et Phases de Lune, or rose © Girard-Perregaux
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Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases

— For the first time ever, the mechanical heart of the Vintage 1945 watch is revealed under a transparent sapphire dial. The watch is available in stainless steel or pink gold.
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
Albert Bensoussan
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Albert Bensoussan

— CEO, Kering Watches & Jewelry
NOVEMBER 15, 2014
Néo-Tourbillon Sous Trois Ponts
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Three redesigned bridges

— After a number of historical interpretations, Girard-Perregaux introduces a remastered version of its most iconic model. The Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges looks firmly to the future.
NOVEMBER 14, 2014
Cat's Eye  « Protéger ce qui est précieux » © Girard-Perregaux
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“Food for Thought, Food For Life”

— Susan and David Rockefeller, Girard-Perregaux and Christie’s join forces and present the premiere of “Food for Thought, Food For Life” documentary.
NOVEMBER 03, 2014
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    Salon Belles Montres

    — The eighth edition of Salon Belles Montres will take place in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, November 21-23, 2014
    OCTOBER 30, 2014
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    Laurent Ferrier – a new partner brand

    — Laurent Ferrier joins the WorldTempus fold as our editor-in-chief returns from Mexico with a suitcase full of watch news.
    OCTOBER 27, 2014
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    Traveller John Harrison

    — The Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT, Limited Edition Traveller John Harrison pays tribute to the inventor of the marine chronometer.
    OCTOBER 25, 2014
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    125th anniversary of La Esmeralda

    — Paris, September 29, 1889, the Jury of the Paris World's Fair awarded a gold medal to the brand for La Esmeralda, that has since become a watchmaking...
    SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
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    Partnership with Nile Rodgers

    — A limited edition of the Shadow Hawk timepiece is unveiled celebrating the brand's partnership with the "We Are Family Foundation".
    SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
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    Cat’s Eye Day & Night

    — The new Cat's Eye Day & Night, featuring a guilloché mother-of-pearl dial, marks out each hour of day and night as a precious moment.
    SEPTEMBER 05, 2014