The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition watch.

Written by Debbie. Posted in Girard-Perregaux, Men's Watches

Girard-Perregaux, in collaboration with the boutique Zegg & Cerlati, has recently released a new limited edition version of the brand’s iconic WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) collection, the aptly named Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition.

Girard-Perregaux launched the WW.TC collection in 2000 and it quickly became a mainstay of the Swiss brand, a company that dates back to 1791. With over two centuries of history, it comes as no surprise that they elected to produce this limited edition watch for Zegg & Cerlati, one of the world’s pemier watch and jewelry boutiques.

The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition.

Protected by a 43mm bead blasted steel case and sapphire crystal, the dial is a design of a black and steel, partial world view encompassing much of Europe, Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and parts of North America and Asia, with Zegg & Cerlati’s base of operations, Monaco, as the center. Besides the standard hours, minutes and seconds hands in the center of the dial, there is a small 60-second counter at 3 o’clock, a small 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. Surrounding this is a world-time with day/night indicator. Finally, on the outer ring is a list of the major cities representing the 24 time zones with the exception of the Zegg & Cerlati logo at 12 o’clock representing the Eastern European Time Zone, in which Zegg & Cerlati’s principality of Monaco resides. This feature is to show the global stock market times, a feature aimed at the probable concerns of anyone fortunate enough to afford one. Features all available on the WW.TC Financial, the model this watch most closely resembles in terms of functions.

Girard-Perregaux is one company that has been designing and constructing their own movements in-house for some

The GP033C0 Movement.

time now, and this watch is definitely a beneficiary of that. Like the WW.TC Financial, this watch uses the automatic GP033C0 movement, which claims a power reserve of 46-hours. It is this movement that allows for the exceptional functionality of this watch.

The black rubber strap, in conjunction with the black and steel colored map design of the dial and the steel case contrasts nicely and makes this piece very attractive but its the functions that put this piece over the top. The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition is an ideal watch for the financial guru, especially one who also desires exclusivity, as this watch is a limited run of only 15 pieces that will be available only through Zegg & Cerlati boutiques.

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The Innovative Sound of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

Written by Debbie. Posted in Girard-Perregaux, Men's Watches

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

The Girard-Perragaux 1966 Minute Repeater‘s most significant feature is also its loudest. The watch’s innovative GPE09-0001 manual movement strikes a tone on the hours, quarters and even the minutes. This is sure to please watch enthusiasts as it is reminiscent of the repeating watches in the time before electricity, where the repeating watches’ chimes used to indicate the hour for functionality when light was scarce. But the most impressive and innovative feat of this watch is the sheer intensity of the sound. Where as most repeating watches are only moderately audible, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater boasts an impressive level of audibility. Girard-Perragaux (one of the oldest watch companies in the world with an origin going back to 1791)  achieves this with a striking dedication to the craftsmanship and design of this watch.

Its starts with a typical repeater construction of twin circular metal gongs coiled inside the case. There are  several aspects of the case construction that Girard-Perregaux paid special attention to which is important in a repeating watch given that case’s amplification of the gongs should be enough to achieve audibility.  The first thing Gerard-Perregaux did was to ensure that the interior diameter of the case and the diameter of the case are well balanced for peak resonance. The second thing they did was to create a curvature in the case-back to increase the volume of air between the case and movement which is supposed to greatly improve the spread of the sound. The third aspect that Girard-Perregaux paid extra attention to was case-back, which was diamond-polished to reduce acoustic interference. They also take particular care to ensure the vibrations from the gongs and hammers are tuned to create a sound as close to perfection as possible. Girard-Perregaux combines these features to help create an unparalleled level of audibility in a repeating watch.

The GPE09-0001 movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal case-back and is a stunning sight to behold withThe Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater's movement. 317 components. The balance cock, visible through the back-case, takes the form of an arrow reminiscent of the brand’s famous gold bridges. This signature part is exactingly finished by Girard-Perregaux’s craftsmen using stones, bluffs, pegwoods and diamond pastes to achieve a perfect rounding and finish. This manually winded movement also has a reported life-span of over four days.

The watch in its entirety is elegant in its simplicity with an understated sense of nobility. This is achieved with through the careful craftsmanship of every aesthetic detail, easily evident through the care taken in construction and application of the white enamel dial, the leaf shaped blue hands and the 42mm pink gold case. The black matte alligator strap with its pink gold ardillon buckle round out the stunning visual features of this watch.

While not a limited edition, Girard-Perregaux can only craft about 15-20 of these timepieces per year so they should be highly sought after by watch enthusiasts everywhere; rightly so, as the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater matches its elegant visual design with an innovative movement and construction that creates an exceptional watch to see and, possibly more importantly, hear.

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