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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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