Girard-Perregaux: Neo-Bridges15 February 2017
At the crossroads between two worlds, tradition and innovation, the Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges Automatic Titanium picks up the architectural construction design codes cherished by Constant Girard and the theatrical nature of the creations by Jean-François Bautte.
Within this magnificently staged watchmaking show, the GP08400 self-winding movement forms an inseparable whole with the 45 mm titanium case that is water-resistant to 30 metres, fitted with a black alligator leather strap secured by a triple folding clasp. This captivating movement featuring perfect symmetry thanks to the judicious positioning of the micro-rotor along the same axis as the barrel drum ensuring a 50-hour power reserve, is first and foremost designed to draw the eye. The architecture does indeed capture the gaze, by contemporary finishing including sandblasting, NAC treatment of the mainplate, and a PVD coating on the curved bridges. This ensemble with its sophisticated graphic design is endowed with an infinitely hypnotic charm thanks to the presence at 6 o’clock of a large balance wheel.
The Neo-Bridges was designed by the style department as a contemporary transcription of the aesthetic codes near to the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux. To magnify these design principles, the engineers and watchmakers have endowed the crafted titanium case with alternately polished and satin-brushed finishing. This coherent ensemble is fitted with a “Box” sapphire crystal and a minimalist dial, as well as a transparent sapphire crystal casebook. (Price, €. 24.800)