Debuted into the high-end watchmaking in 2020 with the breathtaking Signature Mystérieuse complication, Charles Girardier presents its new collection named MAGIC 8.
Introduced in 2020, the ‘1809’ collection is a tribute to the 18th century Geneva watchmaker Charles Girardier l’Aîné. Made of 18K white or rose gold cases measuring 37 or 41 mm, the timepieces from this extra-ordinary collection are equipped with a new complication named Signature Mystérieuse. The brand also won an award at the GPHG 2020 in the Ladies’ Complication category for this collection.
The newly introduced Magic 8 watch from the Collection 8080 expresses all the cues of Charles Girardier’s identity with a new tonality. A deep connection with high watchmaking, the meticulous finishing, this time housed in a round, 41mm case, with short, restrained lugs and a cambered bezel. This timepiece comes with a complication of a new kind.
The kinetic composition plays on the number eight creates an eternal motion on the Magic 8’s dial. At the full minute, the ‘magic’ 8 appears whole, for a fleeting moment. For a minute, the two sections of the figure rotate in opposite directions. A minute later, the eight is reconstructed, but in reverse.
The Magic 8’s case is made of grade 5 titanium and – quite unusual for this choice of metal for a watch case – fully polished. This gives it an unexpectedly refined look, whilst retaining the light and hard feel typical of titanium.
As for the dial, it is made using another method. After grand feu, paillonné and flinqué and their multiple expressions in the 1809 collection, Charles Girardier presents the grand feu enamelling technique known as en camaïeu.
Here, a convex silver plate is used as a base for applying several layers of enamel. Each one of these layers is vitrified in a kiln fired at high temperature, exceeding 800°C. As the dial is cambered along its edge, the depth of enamel varies between the centre and the periphery.
These variations in layer thickness entail variations in colour, creating an otherworldly gradation, from the outer limits inward. Charles Girardier, one of very few maisons to master this technique, raises the bar yet further with the choice of hues, cobalt blue and emerald green, for the dial.
The calibre’s reference, CG8080, is evocative, extending the artistic approach and the mise en abyme of the ‘8’ down to the very heart of the mechanism. Charles Girardier’s movement inaugurates a new aesthetic interpretation. All the bridges are in black, with a particular hue achieved with a latest generation galvanic treatment that gets the most out of the NAC surface coating technology.
Derived from platinoid metals, the treatment brings forth the Calibre CG8080’s finishes. Five chamfered bridges, decorated with circular stripes. The choice of guilloché for the peripheral mass, boldly elegant in itself, made all the more interesting for its Clous de Paris technique.
The anthracite balance wheel, the large gear wheel of the winding mass, and the movement’s engraved legal information are lacquered in the same tone as the dial. In this interpretation, the Calibre CG8080 presents a deceptively monochromatic landscape in the way lines, shapes, angles and textures capture light, creating infinite hues.
Thanks to the peripheral rotor, the view of CG8080 calibre with its components, their finishes and their interaction remains unobstructed.
Model: Charles Girardier Magic 8
CG.TI5.01.V01: Magic 8 – Emerald Green
CG.TI5.01.B01: Magic 8 – Cobalt Blue
Calibre CG 8080, exclusive manufacture
Mechanical, self-winding by peripheral mass
Integrated animation at 8 o’clock with two mobile elements forming a figure 8
Jewels: 35 rubies
Diameter: 30.6 mm – 13 ½”’
Thickness: 4.57 mm
Power reserve: 44 hours
Frequency: 28,800 VpH – 4 Hz
Circular-graining, black NAC galvanic treatment for the bridges
Chamfered and polished bridges
Peripheral mass with Clous de Paris motif
‘Charles Girardier’ signature in positive relief
Grand feu enamel with colour gradient, en camaïeu technique, emerald green or cobalt blue
Hands: Dauphine style
Grade 5 titanium, polished
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 12.80 mm
Fabric or leather, hand-sewn, hand-made in Geneva
Steel deployant clasp, engraved with CG monogram, Micrometric watch band adjustment with 4 settings
Recommended international retail price
CHF 38,800, excluding VAT