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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!

Horology is the science of time, timekeeping, and timekeepers. Knowing how to wind and set your watch is important for anyone interested in this science.

A timepiece can be a big investment, so it is imperative that you know how to keep them in top condition. It’s always a good time for a primer on setting and winding a watch—whether the timepiece is powered by a battery, requires near-daily winding, or winds itself when worn on the wrist.

Check out this informative video from David Lee, the Vice President of Certified Pre-Owned at Tourneau, as he offers an easy-to-understand guide to the fundamentals of horology: How To Wind and Set Your Watch

We hope this helps you understand how to keep your timepiece in great working condition!

Sometimes, less is more. That  seems to be the current trend in the higher echelons of horology.

Despite the world being enthralled by technological advances, the finest watchmakers stick to relatively simple designs. They believe that their costumers are not looking to be flashy. The US President of Patek Philippe, Larry Pettinelli, says “Our customers aren’t usually trying to show the world that they’ve made it, most people don’t recognize our watches from 10 feet away unless they’re collectors.”

Here are some examples of Patek Philippe’s latest timepieces:

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These pieces are beautiful and amazingly built– everything you have come to expect from Patek. They are not over the top  and people enjoy that. Even complicated-watch fans are starting to acknowledge the absurdity of certain gizmos.

It seems that simple is the new way to go.

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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.

 

Take a sneak peek at the latest Girard-Perregaux timepiece! This Girard-Perregaux watch will have a stainless steel case that measures 38x33mm with 56 diamonds (1.08ctw). The watch’s crystal is a coated sapphire with a sapphire display back. This Girard-Perregaux watch will be water resistant to 30 meters. The movement will be a Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux that is made in-house, the caliber GP03300. The movement is made with 27 jewels, 28,000 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 46 hours. The watch features a power reserve complication.

The case, in stainless steel, measures 38mm x 33mm. It has 56 diamonds (1.08 carats). The crystal in this Girard-Perregaux watch is an AR-coated sapphire, it has a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300 with 27 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 46 hours. It features a power-reserve complication.

This amazing Girard-Perregaux timepiece will be mated to a white or beige calfskin strap and with a steel folding buckle.

 

The timepiece will be mated to a white or beige calfskin strap and with a steel folding buckle.

For more information about Girard-Perregaux or if you would like to purchase your own, please contact the Experts at deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry.
(214) 522 – 2400

Movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300 with 27 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 46 hours. It features a power-reserve complication.

This amazing Girard-Perregaux timepiece will be mated to a white or beige calfskin strap and with a steel folding buckle.

Fine timepieces from the likes of like Patek Philippe, Breguet, Blancpain, and Girard-Perregaux have evolved greatly over time. One such complication that came into being because of this technological evolution is the minute repeater. This grande complication allows one wearing wristwatches with the complication to make the timepiece chime the time. One can then not only see the time, but can also hear it played musically! This is all accomplished through a purely mechanical design and because of this it has been dubbed as the most extraordinary grande complication of fine timepieces. The engineering and complexity involved within such a timepiece make the minute repeater a brilliant demonstration of a watchmaker’s skill level and expertise.

Below are some of the most talked about minute repeater watches from brands like Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Girard-Perregaux. deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry is an authorized dealer of each of the watches shown in the photos below. If deBoulle can find you any more information about a particular timepiece or if you simply have questions about the watches please don’t hesitate to call: (214) 522 – 2400.

 


The featured watch above is the Breguet 5447pt/1e/9v6 in platinum.

 

 

Girard-Perregaux recently released the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater. The watch was officially released during SIHH 2012.

Girard-Perregaux E09-0001 movement

Mechanical manual winding

Power reserve: minimum100 hours

“Rounded” gold balance bridge, half-arrow type

 

 

In 2011, Patek Philippe unveiled the Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Minute Repeater Ref. 3939 at the Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction that benefited medical research for the Duchenne Muscular Distrophy. The auction of this fine timepiece took place on September 22nd and sold for €1.4 million or $1,838,480


Come back soon for more information and always make sure to see the list of brands for which deBoulle is an authorized dealer. Also, never forget to check our frequently updated pre-owned watch inventory!  

In Preview of the Basel/SIHH 2012 Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Collection, Enjoy! 

At the same time classic and cutting-edge, the Vintage 1945 collection is a symbol of contemporary watchmaking that Girard-Perregaux has been careful to perfect. Taking its strong lines from the Art Deco movement, the new Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases from Girard-Perregaux incorporates an emblematic design. Its case, with its skilfully rounded shapes in both directions, houses a Girard-Perregaux mechanical movement with automatic winding that displays a large date and moon-phases on an equally curved dial. This contemporary piece is a resounding success in both aesthetic and technical terms.

Girard-Perregaux has made its mark on the history of timeless watches. For over 50 years, the Vintage 1945 collection from Girard-Perregaux has represented an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the Manufacture. Its strong design, alternation of lines and curves, and personality blending classicism with modernity has paved the way for unique creations. These include the legendary limited-edition Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges featuring rhodium-plated skeletonised bridges, a model for which Girard-Perregaux is known the world over.

With its perfect circle and open case-back that displays the movement, the Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases from Girard-Perregaux perfectly embodies the spirit of the collection. All the time displays are harmoniously arranged and readable at a glance. At 12 o’clock, the instant large date displays the date on a pair of discs – one of which is transparent – in a patented system. This watch from Girard-Perregaux beats the tempo with a railway minute track that runs around the dial. The hands and applied Arabic numerals display the time with simplicity. The meticulously crafted curved hour markers are particularly delicate. Traditionally positioned at 6 o’clock, the raised moon-phases indicator is presented beneath a sky of perfect clarity.

Combining aesthetics with a beautiful mechanism is a golden rule at Girard-Perregaux. With its 282 components, the calibre Girard-Perregaux 03300-0062 features precision characteristics that are the Manufacture’s own. Exceptionally reliable watch from Girard-Perregaux, it beats to a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The list of finishes resembles an anthology of ornamental High Watchmaking traditions: the rhodium-plated mainplate boasts circular diamond-polishing and circular-graining of the visible and non-functional areas. These preciously decorated bridges create a gentle harmony: circular diamond-polishing, circular-graining on the trottoir and Côtes de Genève decoration. The wheels are gilded, the pivots burnished and the drum of the barrel embellished with a sunray finish.

 

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Technical specifications

Pink gold or steel case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Case-back closed with 4 screws with sapphire crystal

Dimensions: 36.10 mm x 35.25 mm

Water resistance: 30 metres

Crown: pink gold or steel with engraved GP logo

Girard-Perregaux 03300-0062 movement

Mechanical with automatic winding

Display: hours, minutes, small seconds, large date, moon-phases indicator

 

Dimensions: 11½”’ x 12¾”’ – 25.60 mm x 28.80 mm

Total height: 4.90 mm

Number of components: 282

Jewels: 32

Power reserve: minimum 46 hours

Winding: automatic, 5N18 gold oscillating weight on the pink gold model and bi-metallic on the steel model

Frequency: 28,800 vibrations / hour (4 Hz)

Black alligator strap

Folding clasp in pink gold or steel

References

Pink gold: 25882-52-121-BB6B

Steel: 25882-11-121-BB6B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

GIRARD-PERREGAUX 1966 MINUTE REPEATER

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.

Determining how a watch company got its name is pretty straight forward, they are usually named after the founders.  Breguet, Abraham-Louis Breguet.  Patek Philippe, Norbert Patek founded his watch company and later hired Adrien Philippe.  Jaeger-leCoultre, Edmond Jaeger joined forces with the company Antoine LeCoultre founded 80 years prior.  Girard-Perregaux, Constant Girard married Marie Perregaux and took charge of her family’s manufacturer.

Some are a bit tricker.  TAG Heuer began as Heuer Watch Mfg in 1860 and in 1985 the French firm Techniques d’Avant Garde bought them.  Viola!, TAG Heuer.  Bell & Ross, Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo.  Bell & Ross not only is easier to say but it fits on the dial much better.  Hublot is an Italian word for porthole.  Bonus points if you can get Maurice Lacroix.  He was on the board of the Swiss firm Desco when they changed their watch manufacture from private label to a branded watch.

Some incorporate the region of the manufacturer.  IWC Schaffhausen is located in Schaffhausen Switzerland, north of Zurich.  Glashütte Original is in Glushutte in the Saxony region of Germany.  Lange & Sohne is located there as well, named after Ferdinand Lange of course.

And then there’s Rolex.  Hans Wilsdorf started his watch company in London in 1905.  Perhaps the name Wilsdorf was difficult to pronounce or like B&R didn’t fit the dial well.  Whatever the reason, he registered the trademark Rolex in 1908 and a brand was born.  There is much conjecture behind the name including the odd one that Rolex is the sound made when the watch is wound…hmmm.  James Dowling of TimeZone claims that Rolex was simply made up.  This falls neatly into the theory of the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.  Wherever the name came from, Rolex isn’t talking which makes it all speculation.  But that’s usually the fun part.