Swiss luxury watch brand Girard-Perregaux presents the 1966 ‘East to West’, in celebration of the 160th anniversary of its trading relationship with Japan, together with Darren Romanelli, the celebrated street-wear designer. Darren Romanelli, also known as DRx, is recognised for his love of Japan and Japanese culture making him the ideal collaborator for this important model.
In 1860, François Perregaux, the brother-in-law of Constant Girard, one of Girard-Perregaux’s founders, arrived in Japan with the clear objective of selling Swiss timepieces. He established an office in Yokohama making him the first Swiss watch merchant to be based in the country. To this day, Girard-Perregaux continues to enjoy close ties with Japan. Indeed, this year the Manufacture is celebrating the160th anniversary of its relationship with the country, releasing a new timepiece, the 1966 East to West.
The dial of this black DLC watch is dressed in black onyx, bestowing a slightly restrained appearance, while the pink gold GP logo and the golden leaf-shaped hour and minute hands exhibit a degree of flamboyance. The onyx dial has been delicately shaped by hand to form a circular disc.
The laborious creation of the onyx necessitates no fewer than 15 pain staking operations. Thereafter, the DRx logo is applied to the dial using a metallisation process imbuing the surface with a glossy black appearance. This logo is presented in black, slightly different in shade from the onyx, bestowing a clear and obvious distinction between the two hues.
A pair of scissors, a trademark of DRx, also features on the dial. While the leaf-shaped hands are prominent, the central sweep seconds hand is executed in a stealthy shade of black, again reinforcing the duality of the composition.
At the heart of the 1966 East to West is the in-house Manufacture movement, the Calibre GP 03300-1513. A smoked sapphire crystal, adorned with a DRx decal, affords views of the movement, which is endowed with traditional finishing such as circular-graining, bevelling, blued screws and ‘Côtes de Genève’.
The 1966 East to West, limited and numbered 18 pieces, is available in Girard-Perregaux official retailers across Japan from mid-December 2020.
Darren Romanelli (DRx, Dr. Romanelli) is a Los Angeles-based designer, creative director and curator. He is most notable for creating series of customised, limited edition clothing, furniture, and collectibles and adds his signature DRx touch to all levels of a project’s development, from inception to display to promotion. He has had collaborations with Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Adidas, and Disney, among others.
Model: 1966 EAST TO WEST
Limited and numbered edition of 18 pieces
Material: steel DLC, sandblasted
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Height: 8.90 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: smoky sapphire crystal with DRx decal
Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)
Polished black onyx, DRx logo metallisation with decaled scissors, pink gold GP logo
Hands: golden leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, black central second hand
Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 25,50 mm (111/2’’’)
Height: 3.36 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
Number of components: 218
Number of jewels: 27
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Hours, minutes, central seconds
Material: black alligator with the first two gold-coloured stitches
Buckle: pin buckle, steel DLC