Girard-Perriegaux - Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton.
If Haute Horlogerie doesn't impress you yet, this watch should impress you at least a little bit. This amazing watch from Girard-Perregaux contains three key features, designed and assembled by the superstar watchmakers in La Chaux-de-Fonds. First is the showcase of their 1884 patent for a tourbillon with three visible bridges instead of using a second plate. This creates a very elegant mechanical equilibrium. The second feature is the fully skeletonised construction of the movement where even the black PVD coated titanium bridges have been hollowed out to showcase the mechanics underneath. I'm usually not a fan of skeleton movements but this is something spectacular. And the third component is the tourbillon itself which here is their neo-tourbillon which was introduced in 2014 (Interesting fact: the entire tourbillon assembly weighs only 0.25 grams). The movement is self-winding with a white-gold micro rotor on the back that is mounted co-axially with the mainspring barrel and gives a 60 hour power reserve. I don't know about you, but I'm impressed already.
All in all, the 44 mm titanium case makes full use of the space for the movement so there is no bezel to talk about but that's OK as you get to admire the movement even more. Price tag for this baby - a cool £107,000. But it looks soooooo good on the wrist.
Girard-Perregaux has a long history that dates back to 1791 through the watchmakers Bautte, and Girard & Cie which was formed in 1852 (the two merged in 1902). Even today, Girard-Perregaux makes amazing watches, even for us mortals with more modest spending power and I'll show some more photos later from their collection. These are very reasonably priced watches with a production quality and technical prowess that rivals Patek Philippe but for half the price....at cheaper for now.
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