Uniting the watchmaking expertise of Girard Perregaux with Aston Martin’s unique knowledge of luxury and performance, this exceptional creation is the first wristwatch born from the recently announced partnership between the two iconic manufactures.
Known for their enduring passion for refined craftsmanship, both brands have been working together, sharing their understanding of design, materials and technology. This latest model is an ultramodern interpretation of the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century.
The 44 millimetre case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition watch is made of Grade 5 titanium. The case is topped with a sapphire crystal ‘box’ glass with AR coating.
The caseback of the watch is also fitted with a sapphire crystal glass with the same shape. Both glasses coax light to illuminate the case interior, thereby providing excellent readability.
Sitting between both panes of sapphire crystal, the three bridges movement appears to levitate within the case.
Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD treatment and polished angles. The design endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, offering spectacular views of movement components.
This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear within the case, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. It was this particular characteristic that led to the term ‘Flying Bridges’.
The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped’, a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds.
The tourbillon cage, measuring a mere 10mm in diameter, is composed of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams.
The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is open-worked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and, unlike most automatic watches, it grants unobstructed views of the movement.
The car company’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light. Likewise, the indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment and, once again, emit a blue glow in dim light.
The watch is fitted on an alligator strap with rubber effect. With this timepiece, the brand is offering an additional strap. Its design inspired by the Aston Martin racing cars of the past.
This world premiere strap is presented in black calf leather and featuring Girard-Perregaux Rubber Alloy, an innovative rubber insert injected with white gold.
The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges -Aston Martin Edition, a limited edition of 18 pieces, is available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers.
Model: Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges–Aston Martin Edition
Material: Grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment
Glass: Sapphire anti-reflective crystal ‘box’
Case-back: Sapphire crystal ‘box’
Water resistance: 30 metres (3ATM)
Bridges in black PVD
Hands: Dauphine-type skeletonised, solid gold with ‘black-Or” treatment and luminescent material
Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 42.00 mm (18 3/4 ’’’)
Height: 9.45 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h–(3Hz)
Number of components: 260
Number of jewels: 27
Power reserve: min. 60 hours
Tourbillon cage composed of 79 components
Weighing only 0.250 grams
Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon
Material: alligator strap with rubber effect
Buckle: Triple folding buckle, Grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment
Additional black calf leather strap with Rubber Alloy (injected white gold on rubber) insert
Limited and numbered edition of 18 pieces