News July 2013

Cat’s Eye Jewellery, Tourbillon with Gold Bridge

The trappings of fine watchmaking

The Watch Quote™ - July 29th, 2013

A halo of light with a unique beating heart. Girard-Perregaux’s latest creation crystallizes the union of High Jewellery and Fine Watchmaking. Covered in more than 1,000 snow-set diamonds, the Cat's Eye Jewellery, Tourbillon with Gold Bridge flaunts a mother-of-pearl dial. It is the hallmark of Fine Watchmaking dedicated to women.

Without a doubt, the virtuosity of the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture thrives on boldness and freedom to innovate, creating an alchemy befitting the finest achievements and offering the most sophisticated watch. The Cat's Eye Jewellery, Tourbillon with Gold Bridge captivates with its case in white gold adorned with diamonds, its hand-engraved and carefully polished natural mother of pearl dial, and its Manufacture movement whose pedigree goes back more than 125 years.

The oval silhouette dons its Sunday best: more than a thousand carefully selected diamonds encrust the white gold case. Called "snow", this style of setting is mastered by very few artisans, and involves positioning the stones so as to leave nothing else visible apart from the crimping grains, playing with diameters to perfectly fit the curvature of the case.

The setter works without a drawing, following his instinct and know-how, hollowing cavities in the gold one by one and fitting the stones individually as the work progresses. Three weeks are needed for the setting work, making every Cat's Eye Jewellery, Tourbillon with Gold Bridge a unique creation.

Complicit in this exceptional piece, the natural mother of pearl dial brings exclusive technology to its iridescent glints to create a pearl decoration. The striking optical effect gives life to the piece by capturing and reflecting light. At six o'clock the famous Tourbillon with the delicately hand-engraved gold Bridge presides majestically, powered by the GP09700 Manufacture movement.

Boasting a minimum power reserve of 70 hours, the manually wound movement has 177 components decorated, fitted and assembled by hand. The back of the white gold case can accommodate a personalized engraving. An alligator strap with snow-set folding clasp adds the perfect finishing touch.

The new Cat's Eye Jewellery, Tourbillon with Gold Bridge is the latest addition to a collection founded in 2004, dedicated to women, and winner of numerous awards for its elegance and craftsmanship.

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Case:White gold
Dimensions:38.40 mm x 32.90 mm
Glass:Anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back:Secured by 4 screws
Water resistance:30 meters (3 ATM)
Case and folding buckle:Min. 1,000 brilliant-cut diamonds
Crown:1 rose-cut diamond
Dial :In natural white mother-of-pearl
Motif :Raised pearl, hand polished
Movement :Girard-Perregaux GP09700-0011
Mechanical, manual winding movement
Diameter:32.00 x 27.00 mm (14 ¼ ’’’ x 12 ’’’)
Frequency:21,600 Vib/h - (3 Hz)
Power reserve:Min. 70 hours
Number of components:177
Main Plate:Rhodium-plated, circular-grained, with circular-grained
and beveled hollows
Bridges:Geneva stripes, polished edges
Tourbillon bridge:In white gold
Hhand-polished and engraved
Edges and top polished
Hand-drawn stroke finishing for the sides and underside
Balance wheel:Variable inertia (with gold regulation screw)
Functions:Tourbillon, hour, minute, small second on the tourbillon
Strap :White alligator leather
Buckle :Snow set white gold folding buckle

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