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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Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges

— The watch displays on its front side not only a Tourbillon with Gold Bridges, but also the majority of the components of the minute repeater.
MAY 13, 2015
Répétition Minutes Tourbillon sous Ponts d’Or © Girard-Perregaux
Stefano Macaluso, Product Development Director Girard-Perregaux
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Videos. Baselworld 2015 new models

— Stefano Macaluso, Product Development Director of Girard-Perregaux, presents the new models.
MAY 06, 2015
La Carte des Territoires © Girard-Perregaux
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The Terrestrial Map

— We present the second piece in the Chamber of Wonders collection.
APRIL 25, 2015
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Baselworld 2015

True class

— Are elegant watches must-haves? Theoretically so, yet it has been years since they were so prominently featured in display windows. Could 2015 be the year of elegance?
APRIL 21, 2015
Baselworld 2015, Tourbillons
Baselworld 2015

The tourbillon in all its forms

— We look at the different approaches to tourbillons, from flying architectural and classic to innovative, fast-paced and lightweight.
APRIL 14, 2015
Girard-Perregaux, La Perle des Merveilles
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The Chamber of Wonders - The Pearl of Wonders

— The Chamber of Wonders encompasses three watches, three eras, three worlds interpreted with exceptional expertise.
MARCH 29, 2015
Girard-Perregaux Chamber of Wonders video
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Video. The Chamber of Wonders

— Girard-Perregaux opens a doorway into a place brimming over with amazing treasures - discoveries, secrets, fabulous stories... - and unveils three exceptional timepieces
MARCH 24, 2015
Girard-Perregaux, Vintage 1945
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70th anniversary of the Vintage 1945

— Girard-Perregaux celebrates a milestone and presents a Tourbillon with Three Bridges resolutely geared towards the 21st century.
MARCH 19, 2015
Vintage 1945 Lady © Girard-Perregaux
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Vintage 1945 Lady watch

— The new version of the Vintage 1945 Lady model has an exclusive taupe and chocolate-coloured dial and a steel case set with 30 diamonds.
MARCH 11, 2015
Girard-Perregaux 1966, cadran guilloché
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Girard-Perregaux 1966, guilloché dial

— 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
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
Antonio Calce, CEO de Sowind Group
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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
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    Interview

    Albert Bensoussan

    — CEO, Kering Watches & Jewelry
    NOVEMBER 15, 2014
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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...
    NOVEMBER 14, 2014
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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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    Paris

    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