Girard-Perregaux – 1966 Skeleton | (Pre-Basel 2016)26 February 2016
Designed by the watchmakers of the Girard-Perregaux to celebrate the 225 anniverasry of the Manufacture, the 1966 Skeleton offers a glimpse deep into the heart of its magnificent caliber thanks to the impressive openworked components, all decorated by hand in an original and contemporary manner.
Delicate and complex, the openworked structure of the large 1966 watch movement with automatic winding, invites contemplation of its bridges and plates. In this exposed millimetric design, gears, levers, bolts and other usually invisible components can be glimpsed within the openings.
This movement, derived from the famous GP1800 caliber, is treated using a galvanic process and worked like a metal net. It enables the eye to follow the movement of energy thanks to the geartrain. During this voyage of discovery into the heart of a mechanical labyrinth the eyes come to rest on the sweep seconds at 10 o’clock carried by the seconds wheel.
To further enhance this caliber within the 38mm pink gold case, Girard-Perregaux chose to skeletonize the oscillating weight which, visible through the sapphire crystal case back, has been crafted in gold. Magnificently balanced, this rotor ensures optimal winding of the barrel destined to guarantee autonomy of more than 54 hours.
The 1996 Skeleton is combined with a black alligator strap fastened by a pink gold pin buckle.