Girard-Perregaux unveils the Quasar Azure, a new iteration of the original Quasar watch encased in azure blue sapphire crystal, recalling the Manufacture’s first Bridges timepieces created in 1867. This new model is a limited edition of eight pieces.
The ability to showcase the art of precision engineering is among Girard-Perregaux’s greatest achievements. For example, the Three Gold Bridges employed on La Esmeralda, the world-famous pocket watch of 1889, were both functional and aesthetically alluring.
The Quasar Azure honours this legacy by engineering transparency to the extreme. Named after a luminous astronomical entity – the Quasar – its azure blue case is sculpted from a single sapphire disc. This case, with its sapphire crystal box, provides striking aerial views of the Manufacture’s skeletonised movement, the Calibre GP09400-1035.
Sapphire is extremely difficult to craft because of its hardness. The case is formed, coloured, milled and polished by Girard-Perregaux artisans through a protracted process, taking over 200 hours. Once completed, the case must be a uniform shade and free of any inclusions. Making the case of the Quasar Azure, including its lugs and crown, necessitates exceptional craftsmanship, a strength synonymous with Girard-Perregaux.
Set within the azure blue case, the tourbillion seemingly floats. Its cage is lyre-shaped, a historical design dating back to the 19th century. However, this contemporary creation indulges the wearer with aerial views of the Neo Bridges, a Girard-Perregaux signature inspired by architectural structures. While these bridges appear futuristic, they continue to uphold the styling of La Esmeralda. The Grade 5 titanium bridges are set against the NAC treated mainplate, revealing the smallest details of the mechanism. Despite the modernity of this model, traditional hand-finishing is much in evidence.
The tourbillon cage is powered by a unidirectional automatic winding system featuring a micro-rotor made of white gold. Comprised of 80 components and weighing a mere 0.25 grams, the low mass of the tourbillon cage consumes only small quantities of energy, augmenting the movement’s available power-reserve.
The micro-rotor is intentionally positioned behind the barrel, contributing to the pure, uncluttered appearance of the Quasar Azure’s fully skeletonised movement. Touches of blue luminescent material on the Dauphine-type hours and minutes hands, as well as the blue strap’s stitching, perfectly demonstrate the company’s fastidious attention to detail.
The Quasar Azure is housed in a hand-blown floating glass sphere, made in Switzerland, just as any Girard-Perregaux timepiece since the Maison’s inception in 1791. It is immediately available by special order, sold exclusively via selected authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers.
Model: Girard-Perregaux Quasar Azure
Material: blue sapphire
Diameter: 46.00 mm
Height: 15.25 mm
Glass: sapphire anti-reflective ‘box’
Case-back: sapphire crystal ‘box’
Hands: skeletonized, white gold, ‘Dauphine’ type, with luminescent material
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 36.00 mm (16’’’)
Height: 9.54 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Number of components: 260
Number of jewels: 27
Power reserve: min. 60 hours
Tourbillon cage composed of 80 components, weighing only 0.250 grams
Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon
Material: anthracite fabric with a metallic effect, anthracite hand-stitching Buckle: triple folding, titanium DLC
The timepiece will be delivered with an additional blue alligator strap
Limited edition of 8 pieces