This year marks the 230th anniversary of Girard-Perregaux. As part of its celebrations, the prestigious Swiss watch Manufacture is revisiting its iconic models and releasing a number of new creations. These timepieces often boast a touch of modernity.
The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges is endowed with three Neo Bridges formed of pink gold, the first time all three Neo bridges have been made from this noble metal.
After the Free Bridge watch launched in 2020, the new Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges will be the final subfamily to join the company’s Bridges collection.
The three bridges not only support the gear-train, barrel and tourbillon, they also act as the main-plate. The result is that the bridges appear to float in mid-air. This unusual construction required the Maison to affix the indexes to the flange which in turn is attached to the case.
The upper and lower surfaces of the pink gold bridges are dressed in black PVD coating. They are the very antithesis of conspicuous consumption. Only the slim, vertical flanks of each bridge are exposed.
Each bridge is painstakingly chamfered by hand using a small piece of boxwood, a technique employed for hundreds of years. While the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges appears contemporary, it still upholds many of the traditional techniques synonymous with Haute Horlogerie.
A notable characteristic of this timepiece is that it plays with three dimensional forms, positioning various dial elements at different heights, a characteristic shared in common with some of the world’s finest architectural structures. Despite its complexity, the dial remains clean, uncluttered and simple to read, with the barrel, gear train and tourbillon arranged along a north-south axis.
The barrel is positioned in the upper portion of the dial and sits above a white gold micro-rotor, harnessing energy from the motion of the wearer’s wrist. The vertical sides of the rotor are engraved with the watch’s model name.
The tourbillon is positioned to the base of the dial. Made of Grade 5 titanium, the cage is lyre-shaped, a historical design dating back to the 19th century.
A blued hand on the cage rotates 360° every minute and serves as a small seconds display. The tourbillon cage is comprised of 79 components and weighs a mere 0.25 grams. This featherweight mechanism consumes less energy. The movement has an impressive power reserve of 60 hours (minimum).
The watch does not feature a conventional bezel. Instead, the sapphire crystal, positioned atop the dial, has gently sloping sides that curve downwards to the outer edge of the case middle.
To manufacture and polish this eye-catching crystal, it requires more material, time and great expertise. By equipping the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges with upper and lower crystal box sapphire crystals, the Manufacture has imbued the model with a harmonious degree of symmetry.
The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges is available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers
Model: Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges
Material: 18K rose gold
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Glass: sapphire anti-reflective crystal ‘box’
Case-back: sapphire crystal ‘box’
Water resistance: 30metres (3ATM)
Three bridges in gold on the front side covered with black PVD
Three bridges in titanium on the back side covered with black PVD
Hands: Skeletonised, 18K pink gold, ‘Dauphine’ type with luminescent material
Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 42.00mm (183/4’’)
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h –(3Hz)
Number of components: 260
Number of jewels: 27
Power reserve: min. 60hours
Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon cage
Tourbillon cage composed of 79 components weighing only 0.250 grams
Material: Black alligator with rubber effect
Buckle: 18K pink gold triple folding buckle
The timepiece will be delivered with an additional black alligator strap with gold effect.