Girard-Perregaux enters 2017 following a highly creative 2016 in which it celebrated its 225th anniversary. Unveiling at SIHH 2017, the brand is reinterpreting one of its most highly regarded models: the World Wide Time Control (ww.tc) from arguably its most stylish collection; 1966.
From the automaton watch in the 18th century to the latest Constant Escapement, Girard-Perregaux has 80 patents to its name, and possesses the full range of watchmaking skills, from movement development through to fine finishing.
The ww.tc holds a place of its own. The watch is one of the rare few to have combined the accuracy of a chronograph with the practicality of world time functions, and is recognizable by its two signature crowns on either side of the case. The double crowns simplify setting of the time in two world time zones, leaving the display clear.
Despite its sophistication, another hallmark of the new 1966 ww.tc is that it is user-friendly in terms of both legibility and handling. A rotating 24-hour disc surrounding the chapter ring features two black/white semi-circles to distinguish between day and night. Settings are performed via the two crowns at 9 and 3 o’clock: the first serves to position the reference city at noon; and the second to adjust the hours and minutes so the 24-hour disc is automatically synchronized.
The 40mm case, water resistant to 30 meters, and topped by a slim, delicately polished bezel framing a generous opaline dial, is protected by a sapphire crystal glass and swept over by the line’s “leaf-type” hands.
The transparent case-back reveals a mechanism meticulously straight-grained, chamfered, circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève.
The watch will be released in rose gold or steel. It runs on the in-house GP03300-0022/0027 movement with a power reserve of 46 hours. The steel edition has a steel bracelet, while the gold watch has a leather strap. Prices to be confirmed at SIHH 2017.