Offering a contemporary take on a brand classic, the new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Blue Moon watch combines its understated and dynamic style with the ever-useful date and moon-phase functions.
The exosphere is the outermost layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. Deep black by nature, it almost merges into interplanetary space. Likewise, as if on the very frontiers of the void, black largely dominates this revisited classic. Its black DLC-treated micro-blasted steel case and its integrated alligator leather strap with matt black rubber effect enhanced with elegant blue topstitching are like night itself.
And in the heart of that night, light bursts forth. Water represents 70% of the Earth’s surface and is reflected in the atmosphere. The deep blue adorning the delicately curved dial thereby visually resonates like an echo the globe itself. Together, these elements perform an astonishly modern chromatic terrestrial ballet.
Easily recognisable by its play on blue and black tones, this timeless timepiece now appears with a new face.
The hours, minutes and centre seconds hands are now joined by a pointer-type date display at 6 o’clock featuring a red dot on the 31st day – surrounding the timeless elegance of a moon-phase indication – which simplifies read-off and facilitates adjustment. Throughout the year, this timepiece reveals the changing faces of the night star. Time is marked off by curved leaf type hands sweeping over baton-type hour-markers, all featuring contemporary dimensions (40mm) yet without succumbing to ephemeral trends.
From design through to hand-finished details, great care has been lavished on the 1966 Blue Moon. In keeping with its longstanding tradition, Manufacture Girard-Perregaux has equipped this model with a tried and trusted and supremely refined movement. Calibre GP3300-0115 comprises 276 components graced with six different finishes crafted by master watchmakers.
The meticulously circular-grained, chamfered and mirror-polished mainplate and bridges, the blued screws and the oscillating weight adorned with Côtes de Genève, are subtly revealed through its metallised glare-proofed sapphire caseback. The 1966 Blue Moon delivers a power reserve of at least 46 hours, and is water-resistant to 3 ATM, equivalent to 30 metres.
Model: 1966 Blue Moon
Case and dial
Material: black DLC-coated micro-blasted steel
Diameter: 40 mm
Glass: glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Dial: gradient blue
Caseback: metallic sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 metres (30 ATM)
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Number of components: 276 including 27 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Diameter: 25.60 mm (111/2’’’)
Thickness: 4.80 mm
Hours, minutes, central seconds, date and moon-phase display
Material: Rubberised alligator with matt black exterior and matt blue interior, blue topstitching
Buckle: steel with black DLC treatment