When one has presided over haute horlogerie for as long as Girard-Perregaux, a jubilee of unprecedented magnitude is certainly called for. Impressively racking up innumerable accomplishments in the industry during their lengthy tenure, the Swiss maison adds another notch to their belt with the launch of an exclusive timepiece trio that celebrates their 225th anniversary.
An exceptional series of watches, the Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet boasts three different entities, each one a uniquely embellished dial with the house's signature Pont d'or suspended above an open display of the Microvar balance wheel. Denoted by a small golden plate engraved with the numerals of a significant year, these artistic faces also don separate quotes that memorialise three historical occasions. An ode to said achievements, each timepiece is a personalised refinement. A rose gold exterior in a 41mm-diameter encircle distinct stylised indexes and minute markers — reflective of the era indicated by the year — upon a watch face that varies from barley-corn to cross-weave basket guilloche — in either satin or sandblasted finishes.
Prominently highlighted with the iconic Golden Bridge that stretches across the variable inertia Microvar balance embedded at the 6 o'clock spot, the same mechanical core beats within the Place Girardet trinity: The new GP01800-005 calibre. Comprised of 194 components that run every minutiae of the watch on a precise trajectory, this intricate movement is artisanally crafted with the traditional Côtes de Genève technique on its mainplate and gear train bridges. Viewable from a sapphire crystal-case back, the gold oscillating weight bearing a sunburst decoration, as well as the embossed eagle symbol that identifies the timepiece as a special Anniversary Edition are revealed in all its clockwork splendour.
A fully integrated manufacture like none other, the Place Girardet simultaneously charts and celebrates the evolution of Girard-Perregaux. A peerless construction that marries their watchmaking expertise with their rich lineage and proprietary cutting-edge technology, this limited edition triptych is the well-honed culmination of Swiss design, complication and chronometry.
The Place Girardet series is available at the Girard-Perregaux flagship boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Limited edition of 225 units.