Trends in horology for reissues tend to either embellish or trim away at these previously revealed models, in order to make them stand-out, once again. Girard-Perregaux which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year had already unveiled the new version of their “Laureato”. Now they are prepared to present a skeletonized version of one of their best-sellers, the slim and elegant “1966”, at Baselworld 2016.
There have been various incarnations of this “1966” model, but this skeletonized version is based on one of the smaller editions. The 38mm case is made of 18k pink gold and maintains its classical round form, with a polished finish and a beveled bezel. In order to contrast and make the 18k pink gold elements shine, the rest of the visible movement was treated with a galvanic process, which attributed the watch with an anthracite gray ruthenium tone.
The equally skeletonized caseback reveals an oscillating weight made of gold, as well as the various: gears, bolts, bridges, plates, etc. Overall this watch is operated by 173 components, which have been duly finished. From chamfered edges to applying a proper satin and brushed finish to its inner working parts. It is well worth the effort of reaching for a loupe to better spot the gold elements featured on the movement itself. The overall grey tone just serves to better highlight the golden hands and elements that provide an efficient legibility.
The skeletonized dial relies on pink gold hour index markers to indicate time, with minute markers on the flange circling the bezel. The Girard-Perregaux logo initials can be seen at the 12 o’clock position and the spelled out logo is situated slightly over the 6 o’clock position. The hands are molded on a graceful leaf design and also made of 18k pink gold. Also features a small-seconds sub-dial at the 10 o’clock position.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton
This “Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton” (Ref#: 49549-52-001-B60) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber GP01800-0006, with 25 jewels and 173 moving parts. The power reserve on this watch can last up to 54 hours and water resistance can reach 30 meters (100 feet). Mounted to this timepiece is a hand-stitched black alligator strap, with a pink gold pin buckle.
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