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Last year the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection grabbed our attention as a very functional and wearable offering. Furthermore the 1966 Limited Edition in enamel was a simply incredible piece due to the intricate miniature detailing and cloisonné work. A year later, Girard-Perregaux has revealed the 1966 with a guilloché dial.

 

The technique ‘Guilloché’ refers to engraving a dial in hollowed, concentric patterns utilizing a large hand-turned rose-engine lathe. The new model employs this process to give the flinqué dial a webbed appearance, with each arabesque section beginning at the center and ending at the hour markers.

 

Along with the ‘Guilloché’ engraving, a raised bezel gives the 1966 further depth. The watch features a wonderful balance between the engravings, black printing, pink gold batons and feuille hands. Additionally the date window is carved out, and the effect of matting creates a highly inclusive design.

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One of the outstanding features of the Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 watches is their face size. Typically we have seen dress watches at 40-41mm range, but the 1966 has ever so slightly downsized to 38 mm. Those few mm make a world of difference for many wrist sizes out there along with simple design cues.

 

Within the new 1966, the caliber GP03300 beats at 4 Hz. It is a self-winding manufacture movement that is finished with circular graining, Geneva stripes and an 18k gold rotor. The power reserve measures in at approximately 46 hours. Along with the mens watch, the 1966 is offered as a 30 mm ladies’ model with a bezel set with 60 diamonds. The men’s and ladies’ models are both offered with black alligator straps, curved to follow the contours of the case.

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The Girard-Perregaux 1966 with guilloche offers a number of wonderful features. The combination of pure design with classic artisanal work and reserves its size to a formal 38 mm.

The 1966 line from Girard-Perregaux is easily the purest from this manufacture of haute horlogerie.

What makes the 1966 line so interesting is that it is everything a fine watch should be, but with a dose of real world wearability. They are all sized correctly with traditional aesthetics and a super fine finishing. Most of them are self-winding and feature complications you can actually use, like a dual time.

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The local time is displayed via two luminous gold leaf-shaped hands over a railroad-style minute track, while the home time is shown on a satin-finished 24-hour track on the inner dial.

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On the new dual time timepiece the local time is incredibly easy to set via two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock. Each pusher is engraved with a plus or minus to let you know which way the hand will move.

This watch has a superb look and is great for everyday wear!

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Jean-François Bautte, found of Girard-Perregaux, was one of the first watchmakers to successfully use the color blue. At the end of the 18th century, this was seen as a revolutionary development. Since then, it has been a regular feature of Girard-Perregaux watches. Now, the Girard-Perregaux flagship 1966 and Vintage 1945 collections feature dials clad exclusively in blue.

 

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Girard-Perregaux 1966
The case is 18kt rose gold measuring 38mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal with a sapphire display back and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

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The movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0030 which has 27 jewels, 28,800 v/h, and a power reserve of 46 hours.

The strap is blue alligator with an 18kt rose gold pin buckle.
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Vintage 1945 XXL
The case is stainless steel measuring 36.2mm x 35.2mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal with a sapphire display back and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

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The movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0051 which has 32 jewels, 28,800 v/h, and a power reserve of 46 hours.

The strap is navy blue alligator with a steel folding buckle or a stainless steel bracelet.

 

 

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Girard-Perregaux has added several beautiful timepieces to their 1966 model range. This watch is the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Seconds & Date.

The watch is made with 18kt rose gold and measures at 41mm. The timepiece will have an AR-coated sapphire crystal as well as sapphire display back so that one can see the watch’s movement. The GP 1966 Small Seconds & Date will be able to be worn on many occasions as it is water resistant to 30 meters.

The heart beat behind this Girard-Perregaux will come from a Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux movement made in-house at their factory. The movement is the caliber GP01890-0003 and is made with 28 jewels, operates at 28,800vph, and has a power-reserve of 54 hours. The automatic movement is powered the swinging of its 21kt gold rotor seen through the back of the timepiece.

The watch’s dials can be made in either silvered opaline or cognac color. With its alligator strap in either black or brown and a 18kt gold folding clasp to hold it in place the timepiece is great for many occasions.

For more information regarding Girard-Perregaux, fine jewelry, or to buy your own timepiece or jewelry please feel free to contact the Experts at deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry. We can be reached by phone at (214)522-2400 or by email at CONTACT US.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A masterpiece of elegance and technology, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater unveils a magnificent mechanism that produces an intense sound. Its acoustic merits and the purity of its lines rely on over 220 years of tradition and excellence of Girard-Perregaux watches. The timepiece symbolises all the expertise associated with Girard-Perregaux timepieces that pushes back the boundaries of watchmaking with grandes complications.

It is one of the few watches to combine mechanical excellence with exceptional musical qualities to such a degree. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater model pays homage to the most prestigious of Haute Horlogerie traditions. Pure design, noble materials and a beautiful complication: the piece from Girard-Perregaux displays all the signs of an exceptional timepiece.

 

The classic, elegant exterior of this Girard-Perregaux watch houses one of the greatest of grandes complications: the minute repeater. The invention of repeater watches was originally intended to meet the need to strike the hours during the night before the existence of electric lighting. Today, the charm of striking the hours, quarters and minutes makes it one of the best-loved complications for enthusiasts of beautiful watchmaking.

The construction of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater watch fully respects the great watchmaking tradition. The creation of the sound relies on a device that requires the presence of two circular gongs coiled inside the case and small hammers that strike them at regular intervals. In order to create a vibration to produce the sound that comes closest to perfection, the tuning of the chimes remains one of the most delicate elements; one that Girard-Perregaux takes particular care in refining.

The watch’s special design required thorough research into acoustic qualities. In particular, the Girard-Perregaux worked on three construction points on the case. The diameter of the calibre and the interior diameter of the case are perfectly balanced, a ratio that guarantees maximum resonance. The case-back is curved in order to increase the volume of air between the movement and the case, which significantly improves the propagation of the sound in this Girard-Perregaux watch. Finally, the lower part of the case-back is diamond-polished, an operation that allows acoustic interference to be reduced.

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Technical specifications

Polished pink gold case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Bezel: round diamond-polished and shot-blasted interior

Case-back: closed by 4 screws with anti-reflective sapphire crystal, all inscriptions hand-engraved

Case dimensions: 42.00 mm

Water resistance: 30 metres

Crown: pink gold with engraved GP logo

Dial: white enamel, pink gold applied numerals

Hands: Leaf-shaped, blued and diamond-polished piece by piece

Girard-Perregaux E09-0001 movement

Mechanical with manual winding

Display: hours, minutes, small seconds

Dimensions: 14¼”’ – 32 mm

Total height: 5.36 mm

Number of components: 317

Jewels: 27

Power reserve: minimum100 hours

Winding: manual

Variable inertia balance wheel

“Rounded” gold balance bridge, half-arrow type

Frequency: 21,600 vibrations / hour (3 Hz)

Mainplate: rhodium-plated and circular-grained

Bridges: Côtes de Genève, polished re-entrant angles

Striking mechanism with two opposing hammers, hours, quarter hours, minutes

Striking-mechanism speed regulation via inertia wheel, countersprings accessible on the bridge side, inverted minutes rack; conventional striking gongs.

Strap in full black matt alligator

Pink gold ardillon buckle

Numbered edition

Reference 99650-52-711-BK6A

References

Pink gold: 25882-52-121-BB6B

Steel: 25882-11-121-BB6B

 

Thanks and credit to TimeZone Forums for the information.

It is one of the few watches to combine mechanical excellence with exceptional musical qualities to such a degree. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater model pays homage to the most prestigious of Haute Horlogerie traditions. Pure design, noble materials and a beautiful complication: the piece from Girard-Perregaux displays all the signs of an exceptional timepiece.