girard perregaux - NEO BRIDGES
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
girard perregaux - NEO BRIDGES

NEO BRIDGES

girard perregaux
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NEO BRIDGES

A bold design that reinterprets an icon of watchmaking tradition into a captivating high tech timepiece.
 
A MODERNI DESIGN INSPIRED BY THE NEO-TOURBILLON
The Neo Bridges is faithful to the DNA of Girard-Perregaux: the movement is not only a technical part of the watch but also an integral part of the design which makes the Neo Bridges instantaneously recognizable.
 
THE CALIBRE GP08400-0001
A self-winding movement with a micro-rotor at 10 o'clock visible from the dial side. The Neo Bridge holds the balance wheel to echo the famous bridges traditionnaly holding Girard-Perregaux's Tourbillons.
 

Technical specifications

WATCH CASE
Material:  Titanium
Diameter:  45,00 mm
Height:  12,18 mm
Case-back:  Sapphire crystal
Dial:  Ring with suspended indexes
Water resistance:3 ATM
STRAP
Size:  22,00 / 20,00 mm
Material:  Alligator Dark grey
Buckle : Triple folding
Buckle material : Titanium
MOVEMENT CALIBRE
Number:  GP08400-0001
Type:  Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter:  32,00 mm (14 1/4''')
Height:  5,45 mm
Frequency:  21,600 Vib/h - (3Hz)
Number of components:  208
Jewels:  29
Finishes:  Sandblasting and PVD treatment
Power reserve:  Min. 48 hours
FUNCTIONS Hours, minutes.
 

Who's who

When you ask Laurent Picciotto about the reason for his long-standing partnership with Girard-Perregaux, he’s likely to take some time to weigh his words; there are so many good reasons for working with ‘GP’ that he needs to be sure of highlighting the right one – the one that would endure even if all the others were no more. He finally chooses to illustrate this, the reason, with an occurrence over twenty years ago somewhere in the midst of BaselWorld. “It was in 1991,” recalls Picciotto. “I was doing my rounds of the exhibition, and suddenly came to a halt in front of the tourbillon with three gold bridges. I went into the stand and asked them for a case containing three numbered timepieces, one for each type of finish. This outstanding box set, sold a few months later to one of my clients with a collection of over one thousand watches, remains for me the defining moment of all my work with Girard-Perregaux”. What emerges is that the key reason for this work together is the brand’s ability to offer exceptional timepieces that take everyone by surprise – whilst seemingly blending in flawlessly with the traditions of haute horlogerie. And so, over the years, the production of limited editions – and sometimes even unique items for Chronopassion – has become a regular feature of the two big names’ collaboration. Most of the brand’s collectors became aware that in rue Saint Honoré, they could winkle out timepieces they would never see anywhere else. A friendship was formed between the two owners, Luigi Macaluso and Laurent Picciotto, which lasted right up until Luigi’s death in 2010. For Laurent Picciotto, the history of Girard-Perregaux is rooted in haute horlogerie; he’s particularly impressed with the complications in which the brand specialises. “The tourbillon is one of Girard-Perregaux’ strengths,” he says. “Twenty years ago, it was a characteristic that really made a watch stand out. There weren’t many on the market – it was a far cry from the extensive offer that can be found these days.” Picciotto’s expectation today is that Girard-Perregaux plays to some other defining characteristic of the world of watchmaking – the stuff that great manufactures are made of. “It’s an institutional brand that commands respect and sobriety,” he adds. “This kind of brand has a duty to anticipate and surprise people. Girard-Perregaux has done so on a number of occasions and will do so again.” Keep your eyes open – “GP” could well show up just where you’re not expecting it.
 
Journalist : Olivier Müller (11/2012)
 
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