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This year marks the 225th anniversary of the Swiss horology brand Girard-Perregaux. And among various timepieces they’ve issued this year are some vintage homage watches. These classically designed models are reminiscent of simpler times, as this new “Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic” exemplifies.

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Improving automatic winding efficiency was a main goal for Girard-Perregaux, back in the day when this feature was still a novelty. They accomplished their objective by substituting roller-equipped unidirectional clutches for ratchet wheels. This modification would allow the oscillating wheel to travel a shorter distance and increase its efficiency.

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This latest release has been named “1957” because that was the year GP implemented this enhanced mechanism. GP issued another commemorative timepiece this year with a similar movement, in their “Girard-Perregaux Laureato” model.

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Some have even been joking about the confusing years being tossed around when describing this timepiece. The fact that it’s a 1960’s design; with a homage 1957 movement; and features the standard Girard-Perregaux logo which includes their founding year “1791” also visible on the dial, for a new edition 2016 watch! Misinformed horologists of the future may be quite dumbfounded if they encounter this watch with some patina and begin to try and decipher its origins.

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The 40mm oval case is made of stainless-steel with a round bezel for a differentiated design. Its case has a polished top and brushed sides, for a nuanced look. Has a screw-in crown and its lugs are slightly curved for a nice fit on the wrist.

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The transparent caseback allows to view the inner workings of the movement, with its: “Côtes de Genève” and circular graining decorations on the main plate and the oscillating plate; and exposed blue steel screws. The thought in mind was to apply traditional finishes to the movement, like it was done in the 70’s.

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The champagne colored dial has an antique effect applied to it, for a more vintage style. Time is told via stainless-steel applied index hour markers and steel dauphine hands. There is a date aperture window located at the 3 o’clock position. And both the index hour markers and hands are coated in a luminescent material, for an enhanced legibility.

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Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic

This “Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic” (Ref#: 41957-11-131-BB6A) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber GP0300-0130, with 27 jewels, 218 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 46 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (98 feet). Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with stitches and a stainless-steel folding buckle. This is a limited edition watch of only 225 produced pieces.

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Written by Mauro Az