The brand with the Golden Bridges gives us a masterpiece of horology armed with the most complex of complications
The Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater with Gold Bridges pleases its wearer on two fronts: Visual and aural. With a mien that’s chock full of details to admire, the watch seduces the eyes first with its strike train, which is positioned prominently on the upper top hemisphere of the cavernous movement. Steadfastly, the snails and racks move upon command, and instantaneously, translating a visual display of time into a melodious one. Of course, lots more await your attention, and all you have to do is move your eyes to the other parts of the dial.
Indeed, the manufacture has redesigned this most complex of great horological complications. By bringing the striking mechanisms to the front, it is possible to not only hear it better, but also witness what happens when the movement is chiming. One can say it is as though the watch mimics a live performing orchestra where the audience can not only enjoy the music, but also see the musicians perform.
Symbolic of the best timepieces that come out of the Girard-Perregaux manufactory are the famous three gold bridges that hold key components of the movement in place. For this timepiece, however, the top bridge is relinquished for the benefit of allowing the owner to marvel at the delicately and pristinely finished strike train. Placing it on the front is also a functional move as the sound producing mechanisms are given less obstruction, with which to transmit sound to the wearer.
As though to balance the strike train at the top, the tourbillon cage is placed at six o’clock, suspended by the lower gold bridge. By placing these two greatest of traditional complications on either side of the central gold bridge, Girard-Perregaux leaves nothing to speculation. Make no mistake, this is a watch that’s not afraid of scrutiny, for every part has been painstakingly finished and decorated – how befitting of such awe-inspiring complications. The watch harmoniously unites design, craftsmanship, and technical know-how, pointing to the fact that this timepiece is one that would take pride of place in the collection of even the most seasoned and hardnosed collector. Finally, a timepiece of this calibre is, understandably, not for everyone, and only 10 limited editions will be made for the extremely lucky owners.
MOVEMENT Manual-winding Calibre GP09500-0002 tourbillon movement with minute repeater, and 58-hour power reserve
CASE 45mm in pink gold, water resistant to 30m
STRAP Hand-stitched black alligator with triple-folding buckle in pink gold with safety lock
PRICE Upon request