A futuristic extrapolation of a 19th century movement architecture now considered to be the historical signature of the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux, the Neo-Bridges automatic titanium watch heralds a construction approach aimed at bringing a dramatic theatrical touch to tomorrow’s mechanical horology.
Fundamentally retro-futurist in terms of its aesthetic approach, the Neo-Bridges automatic titanium adopts a certain vision of forward-looking horology, while remaining entirely in harmony with the history of the brand founded in 1791.
The Neo-Bridges Automatic Titanium picks up the architectural construction design codes cherished by Constant Girard, creator of the Esmeralda pocket watch that was honoured in 1889 by a first prize at the Paris Universal Exhibition. It also echoes the theatrical nature of the creations by Jean-François Bautte who, in the late 18th century, designed horological instruments employing a playful approach to displaying the passing hours in order to demystify the flow of time and thus transform watches into pure kinetic works of art.
The new GP08400 self-winding 14 ¼-ligne movement with micro-rotor forms an inseparable whole with the 45 mm-diameter titanium case that is water-resistant to 30 metres, fitted with a black alligator leather strap secured by a titanium triple folding clasp. This captivating movement featuring perfect symmetry – thanks to the judicious positioning of the micro-rotor along the same axis as the barrel drum ensuring a 50-hour power reserve. The architecture does indeed capture the gaze, especially since it is reinforced by contemporary finishing including sandblasting, NAC treatment of the mainplate, and a PVD coating on the delicately curved bridges. This ensemble with its sophisticated graphic design is endowed with an infinitely hypnotic charm thanks to the presence at 6 o’clock of a large 10.15 mm-diameter variable-inertia balance wheel oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hertz (21,600 vibrations per hour). The generous size of the balance makes it less subject to disturbances and therefore more accurate.
The Neo-Bridges watch was designed by the style department as a contemporary transcription of the aesthetic codes dear to the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux. To magnify these design principles, the engineers and watchmakers have endowed the finely crafted titanium case measuring 45 mm in diameter and 12.17 mm thick with alternately polished and satin-brushed finishing. This coherent ensemble is fitted with a “Box” sapphire crystal and a minimalist dial, as well as a transparent sapphire crystal caseback – thereby providing ample space in which to read the time, as well as to discover this fascinating 208-part mechanism.
Case and dial
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Height: 12.18 mm
Glass: sapphire anti-reflective
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Dial: no dial, ring with suspended indexes
Hands: skeleton with luminescent material
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Reference: GP08400-0001, mechanical with automatic winding
Diameter: 32.00 mm (14¼’’’)
Height: 5.45 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Number of components: 208
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Functions: hours, minutes
Material: dark-grey alligator with stitching
Buckle: titanium triple folding buckle