Originally released by Girard-Perregaux back in 2014 the “Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges” (Ref#: 84000-21-001-BB6A) was their expanding on the signature “Three Bridges” model, which could be traced back 150-years. Now as SIHH 2018 is about to begin, they return with this new “Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton” edition.
In fact this model timepiece with three golden bridges has been being produced by Girard-Perregaux since 1884, with skeletonized versions being issued since 1998. It has been an ingenious approach by Girard-Perregaux to celebrate the heritage of their back catalog and familiarize potential consumers with their expertise and longevity. Attributing the movement with a renewed purpose and offering equally renewed perspectives over the Girard-Perregaux brand in the horology market.
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We recall that this concept all began with the original Girard-Perregaux “La Esmeralda” pocket watch with a tourbillon movement. It was historically unveiled at the Universal Exhibition, in Paris, in 1889 where it won the gold medal. A feat it would notoriously repeat over and over again to the extent that in 1901, the Paris Exposition would decide to no longer accept the “Girard-Perregaux 3 Golden Bridge” for it was deemed as unfair competition, towards the other manufactures. And in fact Constant Girard, the founder of GP filed and was granted a U.S patent in 1884; more information can be had in this previous article here.
The 45mm case on this new release is made of titanium with a transparent exhibition case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Most of the intricate details on this watch occur inside the case. The chosen caliber movement required a reduction of the base plate to accommodate two titanium bridges, which is one each for the gear train and tourbillon, mirroring the bridges on the front.
While the increased thickness of the watch is due to the two back bridges being arched. There is also a skeletonized winding wheel at the 11 o’clock position, near the ratchet wheel with lyre-shaped spokes. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 30 meters (96 feet).
Time is exhibited on a skeletonized dial which is basically an open-worked variation on the previously mentioned “Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges” (Ref#: 84000-21-001-BB6A). There are no numerals or index markers of any kind on this timepiece. So, this watch doesn’t provide the best legibility, it doesn’t even have any luminescence.
What we do see is a mesmerizing craftsmanship and object of engineering, with the three bridges it was named after. Adorned with two purple components, both centered while one is on the upper portion and other on the bottom portion of the dial. Plus the flying tourbillon movement spinning away around the 6 o’clock position.
Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton
The “Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton” (Ref#: 99295-21-000-BA6A) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement caliber GP09400-0011 with 27 jewels, 260 components and 21,600 Vph. Equipped with an 18k white gold micro-rotor and finely adorned components. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with exposed stitching, secured to the wrist by a triple-folding titanium clasp. For more up to date information visit the official Girard-Perregaux website here.
MSRP: $204,000.00 USD
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