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Girard-Perregaux When Motor Racing and Watchmaking Come Together

Girard-Perregaux unveils a collaborative timepiece with Aston Martin

This year, Haute Horlogerie Manufacture Girard-Perregaux, presents a new partnership with an equally renowned British car manufacturer, Aston Martin. This March, the prestigious sports car manufacturer celebrated its return to Formula 1 after a 60-year absence. This historic moment was celebrated at the Bahrain Grand Prix alongside Girard-Perregaux whose logo appeared on the racing cars. This new collaboration also sees the arrival of a Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition.

When Motor Racing and Watchmaking Come Together

Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges © Girard-Perregaux

Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition Paying tribute to the Maison’s Tourbillon pocket watch with three gold bridges from 1867, this contemporary version in collaboration with Aston Martin was an obvious choice. The movement is extremely light and gives the impression that it is floating within the 44mm grade 5 titanium case (with a black DLC treatment). With no baseplate (the surface on which most movement’s parts are fixed), the bridges are attached to the case, hence their name “flying bridges”.

Lorsqu’automobile et horlogerie s’allient

Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges © Girard-Perregaux

This impressive skeletonization technique, along with the sapphire crystal caseback, allow the movement to be bathed in light, offering a clear view of its components. The barrel (holding the watch’s energy) is of particular note as it has been expertly open-worked. The openings allow a glimpse of the mainspring, which, when wound to its maximum, offers a power reserve of 60 hours. The name of the car manufacture has been engraved on the vertical side of the micro-rotor, allowing the automatic winding of the watch. It is luminescent white during the day and glows blue in low light.

When Motor Racing and Watchmaking Come Together

Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges © Girard-Perregaux

The dark colour chosen for the treatments of the different components give the timepiece a sober, discreet, and elegant aesthetic, which is a typical colour scheme of Aston Martin. The difference between good and excellent is always a question of details and the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition comes not only with a black alligator strap but also a black calfskin strap with a rubber alloy insert, in other words, rubber injected with white gold, which is a first! Matching the exclusive character of the British car manufacturer, this creation is limited to 18 pieces for a price of CHF 129,100.

 

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