To support the Only Watch 2023, the iconic Swiss brand Girard-Perregaux has created a unique piece of the Neo Constant Escapement watch.
This unique timepiece is an evolution of the groundbreaking Constant Escapement L.M., a model that won the ‘Aiguille D’Or’ at the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie Genève) back in 2013. It incorporates numerous aesthetic and technical advancements and serves to showcase the Manufacture’s technical capabilities and legendary craftsmanship.
A problem that afflicts most watches is that when fully wound the force from the spring barrel, ultimately serving the regulating organ, is excessive. This potentially impairs precision and can cause harm to the movement. Conversely, as the energy within t he barrel diminishes, prior to the point of total exhaustion, the regulating organ receives insufficient force that again impairs precision.
The Constant Escapement addresses such problems, providing a uniform supply of force to the regulating organ and, by default, extraordinary rate stability. Moreover, the watch is a certified chronometer (COSC), providing independent assurance of its timekeeping performance.
Girard-Perregaux has been a loyal supporter of Only Watch since 2007. The bi-annual charity event, founded in 2005 by Luc Pettavino, raises funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
For Only Watch 2023, Girard- Perregaux has crafted a pièce unique inspired by its famous Bridges collection. The Neo Constant Escapement Only Watch Edition is the most advanced evolution of a prototype first produced in 2008.
The purple-hued silicium components sit in contrast with the warm monotone matte case. These shades first appeared on the aforementioned prototype and pay tribute to its groundbreaking composition. Dispensing with a conventional dial, the centrally positioned hour, minute and central seconds hands float above a sea of functional parts including the model’s twin barrels and unique silicium blade.
The ultra-fine silicium blade buckles back and forth, serving the regulating organ with a uniform pulse of energy. The silicium escape spring, with its buckling blade positioned centre stage, is formed of a single piece of silicium.
Skeletonised dauphine-style hour and minute hands, featuring black nickel treatment, articulate the prevailing time and, courtesy of luminescent material, remain visible in restricted light. A golden track, positioned on the flange, is endowed with crisp black markings and incorporates prominent, luminescent hour markers that arc outwards, seemingly floating above the main dial area.
The Girard-Perregaux Only Watch 2023 comes with a black rubber strap featuring a fabric effect look, paired with a pink gold triple folding buckle.
Model: Girard-Perregaux Neo Constant Escapement Only Watch Edition 2023, Unique Piece, Reference 93510-52-3280-5GX
Material: pink gold
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Height: 14.80 mm
Glass: sapphire anti-reflective ‘box’
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Ring displaying suspended indexes with luminescent material (blue emission)
Hands: skeletonized, ’dauphine’ type with black nickel treatment and luminescent material (blue emission)
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Hand-wound mechanical movement
Diameter: 39.50 mm (171/2’’’)
Height: 7.40 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h –(3 Hz)
Number of components: 266
Number of jewels: 29
Power reserve: min. 7 days
Hours, minutes, central seconds, power reserve indicator
Material: black rubber strap with fabric effect
Pink gold triple folding buckle
CHF 140,000 – 220,000
USD 154,000 – 242,000
EUR 144,200 – 226,600