Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge& Free Bridge Infinity Edition

Both the Free Bridge and the Free Bridge Infinity watch models pay respect to Girard-Perregaux’s legendary Three Bridges of 1867, but wholeheartedly embrace the future. The design of each model is unabashedly contemporary and perfectly suited to those who appreciate style, strong design codes and extraordinary watchmaking expertise.

The FreeBridge and the Free Bridge Infinity Edition are endowed with a distinctive arrow-shaped, Neo Bridge that spans the base of the main plate. Its shape upholds the Maison’s iconic arrow-shaped bridge design, but simultaneously reinterprets the contemporary structures often seen in architecture.

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge

The master watchmakers in La Chaux-de-Fonds have reinterpreted the tried and tested GP01800 in-house calibre, adding a sizeable dose of cutting-edge technology. Girard-Perregaux has used silicon to make the escapement and parts of the balance wheel. While silicon is used by some companies, it remains rare despite its many advantages. It is not liable to corrosion, is unaffected by changing temperature, lightweight and less susceptible to magnetic fields. These attributes confer an array of user-benefits. For example, where some parts made of conventional materials can behave differently at various temperatures, silicon components remain unaffected, delivering consistent timekeeping. In addition, silicon’s low coefficient of friction mitigates both wear and energy consumption.

Perhaps one of the most notable differences with silicon relates to its capacity to be made into elaborate shapes which would be impossible using conventional technologies. In 2013, Girard-Perregaux created an ingenious silicon blade for its prize-winning Constant Escapement L.M. The action of the silicon blade flexing backwards and forwards delivered a uniform supply of energy to the escapement, enhancing precision.

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge Infinity Edition

Once again, Girard-Perregaux has capitalised on silicon’s ability to be formed into intricate shapes, using the state-of-the-art material to create not only the escapement but also a large variable inertia balance. Most watches feature a ‘raquette’ which alters the effective length of the balance spring, making the watch run faster or slower. With a variable inertia balance, the length of the balance spring is fixed and the rate is altered by moving adjustable inertia blocks. The benefit of this approach is that the balance is more stable and less susceptible to shocks. Its aerial design as well as its large diameter further augment precision.

In contrast to a conventional sapphire crystal, both models are fitted with a newly designed sapphire crystal box, featuring a distinctive dome shape. The movement opening, between 6 o’clock and noon, bathes the exposed movement components with an abundance of light. The inverted movement affords stunning dial-side views of various components, often hidden from view, including the balance, the escapement and the barrel positioned at the top of the dial.

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge

The self-winding GP01800-1170 perpetuates the company’s reputation for fine watchmaking. The movement is embellished with Côtes de Genève motif, bevelling, sandblasting and snailing. The specification of the Infinity Edition also includes an 18-carat pink gold oscillating weight. The Maison’s Eagle symbol adorns the calibre, testifying that it is a Manufacture movement.

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge Infinity Edition

Both the Free Bridge and the Free Bridge Infinity Edition feature an hour bridge which draws the onlookers gaze to the barrel and the oscillating balance wheel. On the Free Bridge, this hour bridge is satin-finished and hand-bevelled, while the hour bridge on the Free Bridge Infinity Edition is formed of onyx, a material which exhibits the darkest shade of intense black. The hour bridge encompasses straight lines which sit in contrast with the arcing lines of the case. The Free Bridge is housed in a 44mm steel case, while its counterpart, the Free Bridge Infinity Edition, assumes a stealthy appearance courtesy of its DLC treatment.

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge

The Free Bridge features skeletonised Dauphine-style hands that collaborate with suspended indexes to impart the prevailing time. The suspended indexes reinforce the model’s three-dimensional design language.

The Free Bridge Infinity Edition employs golden hues to deliver an alternative persona. The colour-coordinated strap on both models is enriched with two prominent stitches adjacent to each lug, presented in a contrasting shade. Moving forward, this design element will become a recurring GP signature design element.

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge Infinity Edition

The Free Bridge is a new pillar of the Bridges collection and is available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers from October 2020.

The Free Bridge Infinity Edition is limited to 88 pieces and is available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers fromOctober 2020.

Technical details

Model: Free Bridge, Reference: 82000-11-631-FA6A

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge

Case
Material: steel
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height: 12.20 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystal “box”
Case-back: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Dial
Ring displaying suspended indexes with luminescent material
Hands: ‘Dauphine’ type, skeletonized, rhodium-plated with luminescent material

Movement
Reference: GP01800-1170
Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 36.20 mm (16’’’)
Height: 5.94 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h –(4 Hz)
Number of components: 185
Number of jewels: 23
Power reserve: min. 54 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Material: black calf leather with a fabric effect
Buckle: triple folding, steel

Retail price
CHF 16,250

Model: Free Bridge Infinity Edition, Reference: 82000-11-632-FA6A

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge Infinity Edition

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

Case
Material: steel with DLC treatment
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height: 12.20 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystal “box”
Case-back: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Dial
Ring displaying pink gold suspended indexes with luminescent material
Hands: ‘Dauphine’ type, skeletonized, rhodium-plated with luminescent material

Movement
Reference: GP01800-1170
Self-winding mechanical movement with pink gold oscillating weight
Diameter: 36.20 mm (16’’’)
Height: 5.94 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h –(4 Hz)
Number of components: 185
Number of jewels: 23
Power reserve: min. 54 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Black alligator with black and pink gold-coloured stitching, glossy effect between the scales
Buckle: triple folding, titanium blades, ceramic cover

Retail price
CHF 19,410