In 1889, Girard-Perregaux presented its Tourbillon with three gold Bridges at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, and was crowned with a gold medal. Its new contemporary creation the Laureato Tourbillon with three Bridges has also inspired enthusiasm and admiration. Paying homage to its illustrious predecessor, the numbered, limited edition of 10 pieces houses a tourbillon with 72 components that performs one rotation per minute. Three translucent blue parallel bridges act as a beautiful audience for this spectacle and unveil the iconic architecture of a piece that is lighter than time itself.
Despite its complexity, the tourbillon successfully returns to the origins of watchmaking complications, which have been created by Girard-Perregaux for over 220 years. During the first half of the 19th century, the watchmaker Constant Girard-Perregaux carried out research in order to produce a high-quality tourbillon escapement. In 1860 its first incarnation won first prize at the Neuchâtel Observatory. It was fitted with a tourbillon movement and a barrel positioned under three parallel bridges. The three bridges then took the form of arrows and were made from gold. In 1889, Girard-Perregaux presented its Tourbillon with three gold Bridges at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, and was rewarded with a gold medal.
Girard-Perregaux revisits this heritage with the Laureato Tourbillon, an alliance of innovation and tradition. Although it looks to the future, it still carries within it the essence of the Girard-Perregaux tradition and is a successful example of the Manufacture's continuing efforts in favour of respect for the highest technical demands and the most beautiful interpretations of time.
Steeped in history, the Laureato Tourbillon with three Bridges also draws its aesthetic origins from the style of the 1970s. Its strong, bold, contemporary design sets it apart from its peers. Its octagonal platinum bezel alternates satin-brushed and polished finishes to powerful effect. Its case-back, closed with six screws with a sapphire crystal, offers an extraordinary view of the movement. On the front, the guilloché circular mainplate is topped with sporty luminescent baton-shaped hands that impose their assertive character in this area entirely dedicated to transparency.
|Case||:||Titanium, vertical satin-brushed finish, with anti-reflective sapphire crystal|
|Bezel||:||octagonal, platinum, circular satin-brushed finish|
|Case-back||:||closed with 6 screws with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and hand-engraved individual number|
|Water resistance||:||30 metres|
|Crown||:||rhodium-plated white gold with engraved GP logo|
|Hands||:||"baton" type, diamond-polished and luminescent|
|Movement||:||Girard-Perregaux 9600-0004 |
Mechanical with automatic winding
|Functions||:||Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the Tourbillon|
|Dimensions||:||12¼''' - 28.60 mm|
|Total height||:||6.54 mm|
|Number of components||:||241|
|Power reserve||:||minimum 48 hours|
|Winding||:||automatic, platinum micro-rotor co-axial to the barrel|
|Frequency||:||21,600 vibrations / hour (3 Hz)|
|Balance wheel||:||variable inertia with gold regulating screws (diameter: 8.35 mm)|
|Balance spring||:||Philips terminal curve|
|Mainplate||:||rhodium-plated, circular guilloché top, circular-grained and circular guilloché underside, hand-polished angles|
|Barrel||:||openwork cover, hand-engraved and circular-grained, circular-grained underside. Hand-polished angles|
|Bridges||:||barrel, centre and tourbillon in spinels, gold settings with the exposed parts polished and the surfaces hand-circular-grained. 2 flat-head screws per bridge|
|Gear-train bridge||:||hand-polished re-entrant angles, circular guilloché and hand-polished recess, GP eagle decoration|
|Tourbillon||:||72 components, 0.3 g, one rotation per minute, upper and lower frames circular-grained and polished by hand, balanced with gold regulating screws, escapement and pallet bridges and lever bridge circular-grained and polished by hand|
|Bracelet||:||Titanium, central links with horizontal satin-brushed finish and H-shaped external links with vertical satin-brushed finish|
|Clasp||:||folding, titanium, with GP logo engraved|
|Limited edition||:||of 10 pieces, numbered|