Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition

Celebrating the 230th anniversary this year, Girard-Perregaux presents the Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition watch featuring a grand feu enamel dial.

In 1889, Girard-Perregaux received a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition for its Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. While previous pocket watches featured three parallel nickel silver bridges, this model was endowed with a triumvirate of exquisitely shaped gold plates. Each bridge was arrow-shaped, a design patented a few years earlier in the United States of America (1884). While the bridges had a functional purpose, the Maison also made them an aesthetic element. This combination of functionality and style would become a fundamental pillar of the Girard-Perregaux brand.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition

After the unveiling of the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, Girard-Perregaux produced numerous round watches, however, it would also go on to play with a multitude of shapes beyond the ubiquitous circular form. Indeed, the inaugural version of the Laureato (1975) featured a round dial framed with an octagonal bezel which sat atop a circular plinth above a tonneau shape case.

In 2004, the Manufacture released a new creation, the Cat’s Eye collection. Housed in a distinctive oval-shaped case, the model upheld the Maison’s predilection for non-standard forms. Designed from the outset to be a feminine creation, the watch won the Ladies prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition

Close examination of the case reveals a gracefully arcing lugs and a cambered sapphire crystal. The numerous curves coax light, imbuing some contours with a brilliant glow while leaving other areas in darkness, quiet and reflective.

Over the years, Girard-Perregaux has produced several variants of the Cat’s Eye, some featuring complications, most adorned with gems, but all housed in an exquisite oval case. Now, the Manufacture unveils the Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition. Its name makes reference to the grand feu enamel dial and its capacity to retain a showroom-fresh appearance forever. No fading or cracking, just an extraordinary beauty that never fades. The grand feu enamel dials are made in the company’s in-house facility.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition

The oval dial is adorned with a guilloché sunray motif that is visible through the blue translucent enamel surface, heightening the splendour of the dial’s surface.

Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands enunciate the time with notable grace. The brand’s initials are positioned at 12 o’clock and, along with the four hour markers, are applied to the dial’s surface while the others are decals. Purists will note the date display at 3 o’clock features white numerals positioned upon a coloured disc, matching the hue of the main dial as horological etiquette dictates.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition

Housed in a steel case, set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (∼0.85 ct), this latest model measures 35.40 x 30.40mm. The height of the case is a modest 9.10mm, ensuring the watch sits close to the wrist without projecting unduly.

Since the outset, the Cat’s Eye has always combined feminine design with mechanical finesse and, this latest version, the Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition, proves no exception. The self-winding movement, the GP03300-1739 calibre, is made at the company’s production facility in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition

It features a flower-shaped oscillating weight which is made from pink gold and is beautifully appointed with fine decorative finishes. Additional movement refinements include straight Côtes de Genève on the bridges, bevelling, blued screws, circular graining on the main plate and engraved gilded text, all executed to the company’s exalted standards.

The Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition is limited to 88 pieces. It will be sold exclusively by Seddiqi during December 2021. Thereafter, the model will be available in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers and on the brand’s e-commerce site.

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