The Chaux-de-Fonds-based luxury watch Manufacture Girard-Perregaux unveils 1966, 40 mm steel. Presented for the first time in steel in the history of the iconic 1966 collection, this new star mixes styles and genres – male-female and classic-contemporary – but maintains the iconic aesthetic and manufacture movement of the 1966 line. Like a piece of Haute Couture designed with expertise and precision, this Girard-Perregaux 1966 steel watch delivers all the messages of traditional watchmaking.
Geometric lines tailored like a tuxedo, it has a particularly refined 40mm case with meticulous finishing of all the components. With cutting-edge modernism and distinguished aesthetics, the steel case adds to the simple understatement that is unique to the 1966. The collection has become iconic for Girard-Perregaux, which was launched as a tribute to the year 1966 when it included the first high frequency movement, with a balance beating at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. This discovery radically transformed the world of timekeeping. That same year, the Manufacture won several awards at the Centennial Awards held at the Observatory of Neuchâtel.
The clean design of the steel Girard-Perregaux extends to the opaline silvered dial featuring bevelled indicators, which further enhances its refined style. Like cufflinks on a shirt, they give a distinguished classicism to the timepiece. Under the gently domed sapphire crystal, the “leaf” type hands – unique to the 1966 collection – mark the hours and minutes as they trace the curves of the case.
The large second hand, which is particularly streamlined and the only one of its kind, as well as all of the time indication elements, are silver in color to create a piece which is an ode to steel. Just like a buttonhole, the date at 3 o’clock adds the perfect finishing touch to the composition.
The slender horns are curved for comfort on the wrist, making this the idea everyday watch. Fitted with a steel bracelet or black alligator strap, the steel edition adds a new facet to the 1966 collection all while remaining true to its fine watchmaking codes.
The sapphire case back reveals GP03300-0030 mechanical movement with automatic winding, designed, produced and assembled in the workshops of Girard-Perregaux at La Chaux-de-Fonds. With a 46-hourpower reserve, it is wound by its oscillating weight decorated with a “Cote de Genève” motif. More than two centuries of expertise are brought together in this GP03300 manufacture caliber whose top-end finishing make each watch a timepiece worthy of the brand’s illustrious heritage going back to 1791.
Model: Girard-Perregaux 1966 – 40 MM STEEL
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Thickness: 8.90 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: antireflective sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
“Leaf”-type hands “Leaf”-type hands
Girard-Perregaux movement GP03300-0030
Mechanical with automatic winding
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 1/2 ’’’)
Height: 3.20 mm
Frequency: 28,800 vph – (4 Hz) Frequency: 28,800 vph – (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Hours, minutes, central seconds, date at 3 o’clock
Black alligator with stitching (Reference: 49555-11-131-BB60)
Steel bracelet (Reference: 49555-11-131-11A)