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Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon – Three Gold Bridges Ladies

by D Constant on May 20, 2012

in Exclusive Watch Reviews, Girard-Perregaux, Ladies Watch Reviews, Latest Reviews, Product Information

GIRARD-PERREGAUX VINTAGE 1945 TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD BRIDGES

 

Before we get to the press release, I just wanted to express my humble view on this exquisite Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon, This is a Ladies Watch with Three Gold Bridges and was the favourite of a couple of the Girard Perregaux Young watchmakers in our recent GP New Face of Tradition series where we saw Girard-Perregaux introduce eight of their latest young watchmakers giving us an insight into their background and lives. You can see our articles in respect of the same here, New Faces overview, No.1, No.2, No.3&4, No.5&6 and No.7&8.

Its an interesting addition to the already extensive Vintage 1945 range of timepieces and a very welcome one by Girard-Perregaux enthusiasts, So lets see what the fuss is all about shall we…

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 3GB

Press Release by Girard-Perregaux

Haute horlogerie, elegance and technology

The heritage of Girard-Perregaux’s acclaimed Tourbillon with three gold Bridges places itself squarely in the twenty-first century. Combining noble materials and a high-tech finish, its elegance and majestic architecture underscore its singular character. A rarity limited to 50 pieces.

Fashioned in pink gold, the case and the bridges form a striking contrast with the color of the main plate. Its matte anthracite coating is the result of a particular combination of precious materials similar to platinum and draws on cutting-edge technologies. Other elements, such as the barrel, the lower gearwheel bridges and the bridge supports, adopt this finish, resulting in a stunning visual effect.

In a bold leap across time, this limited edition of the Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges offers a new take on a movement whose origins date back to the end of the 19th century. Drawing on the latest technological progress, it concentrates rare technical and Manufacture expertise within its delicately curved Art Deco-inspired case.

The satin-finished skeletonized bridges, with their pure, contemporary geometry, are the fruit of extremely delicate design: first finely openworked, they are then carefully hand-polished. Seven days are necessary to obtain a perfect finish, since the numerous closed angles form a considerable challenge. The tourbillon system also requires special attention, as its 72 components must be meticulously assembled inside a diameter of just 12 millimeters. To cap these feats, a precious matte anthracite coating gives this timepiece its distinctive personality.

GP Three Gold Barrels Vintage 1945 watch

The self-winding caliber GP9600 movement has an integrated micro-rotor housed under the barrel, patented by Girard-Perregaux. The mechanism’s architecture, also visible through the sapphire back is further enhanced by the matte anthracite-coated components. The Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges is a formidable demonstration of the Manufacture’s expertise. In other words, how aesthetics and technique manage to reinvent and renew the rules of the watchmaking art.

 GIRARD-PERREGAUX VINTAGE 1945 TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD BRIDGES

GIRARD-PERREGAUX VINTAGE 1945 TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD BRIDGES – Technical Details

Reference – 99880-52-001-BA6A

Pink-gold case with domed anti-glare sapphire glass

Back: with anti-glare sapphire

Dimensions: 36.10 mm x 35.25 mm

Water resistance: 30 meters

Crown: pink gold, engraved with GP logo

Dial: matte anthracite surface treatment (NAC) on the mainplate

Hands: gold regatta, diamond polished

Movement Girard-Perregaux 9600-0019, Mechanical self-winding

Functions: Tourbillon, hours, minutes

Dimensions: 28.60 mm x 30.30 mm

Total thickness: 3.20 mm

Jewels: 31 jewels

Power reserve: minimum 48 hours

Winding: automatic, hand-brushed platinum rotor

Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)

 

Components: Number: 257

Balance wheel: variable inertia with gold regulating screws (diameter 8.35 mm)

Balance-spring: Breguet, Philips terminal curve

Mainplate: anthracite (NAC) surface treatment, vertical guilloché on top, pearling and guilloché below, hand-polished angles

Lower gear train bridge: vertical guilloché, hand-polished angles

Barrel: engraved cover with hand-applied circular guilloché and brushing

Rhodium-plated barrel, central and tourbillon bridges: in gold, hand-polished angles brushed top and edges

Tourbillon: 72 components weighing a total of 0.3 grams, one rotation per minute, upper and lower carriages beveled and polished by hand, escapement and pallet bridges beveled and polished by hand

Alligator strap – Folding clasp in pink gold

Limited edition of 50

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