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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!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.