IWC Portuguese Automatic Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Men's Watches, Watch Brands

IWC Portuguese Automatic Watch

 

Portuguese Automatic

IWC Portuguese Automatic

The Portuguese Automatic Watch, from International Watch Company Schaffhausen, embodies the timeless style the company is known for. This reputation sets the Portuguese Automatic Watch high above the rest. Pure Swiss craftsmanship and elegant appeal are evident from the moment this watch is seen. International Watch Company has stuck by its traditional design with this exquisitely made watch.

International Watch Company Schaffhausen is known for its collections, or families, of watches. The Portuguese collection is one of the earliest to be created, with the first being released in 1939 when two Portuguese businessman ordered stainless steel watches with technical precision from IWC. The manufacturer delivered with a watch that would become iconic for its precision and complexity. The Portuguese Automatic Watch is only one of several Portuguese watches within the collection from IWC.

The Portuguese Automatic watch comes in steel, platinum and pink gold 42 mm casing with a see-through sapphire-glass back that allows for viewing of the mechanics within the watch. With its Arab numeral figures and a “railway” minute display, the watch is easy to read, as well as extremely accurate. The Pellaton winding system, which has been used in all IWC watches since the 1950’s, and the Caliber 51011, the largest winding automatic movement available in the world, make the Portuguese Automatic perfectly precise. The watch also has a balance wheel that is screwed down with adjusted cams on the arms and a Breguet spiral that lend to its flawless precision. A seven day power reserve allows for extended use, but the gearing will shut off before all power has been exhausted (this can cause tension on the spring, which means diminished precision).

Because every watch in the Portuguese collection is an Automatic, there are many beautiful watches to choose from when shopping for an IWC Portuguese time piece. Ranging from silver to black to blue dials and a matching alligator leather strap, personalization is an added luxury to an elegant Portuguese. The available styles and combinations are:

  • 18-carat white gold with dark brown alligator leather strap and ardoise dial – $23,700
  • 18-carat red gold with dark brown alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $21,600
  • Stainless steel with black alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $12,400
  • Stainless steel with blue alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $12,400
  • Stainless steel with black alligator leather strap and black dial – $12,400

The price tag on the Portuguese Automatic is as customized as the different designs. Prices can range anywhere from $12,400 to $23,700, according to the International Watch Company’s official website. The pricing is as serious as the designers who have crafted the Portuguese Automatic. Visit the official website of the Portuguese Automatic here to compare prices and models.


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Brief history of IWC and their biggest contributions to the watch world

Written by Debbie. Posted in News, Watch Brands

IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

The International Watch Company Schaffhausen – or IWC – has been an innovative force since its inception in Switzerland in 1868, when Boston watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones set up in a factory in Schaffhausen. He made IWC unique by seeking to connect American production with Swiss craftsmanship, rather than following the techniques of French-based watch makers.

Starting with their unique beginnings set far apart from other watch company’s, the International Watch Company has created a reputation as an innovative and technologically inventive manufacturer of watches. IWC Schaffhausen watches reflect a combination of “precision engineering with exclusive design” – characteristics that have enabled the company to grow from an outsider to a leader in watchmaking.

Although F.A. Jones started with pocket watches, IWC’s variety of timepieces has grown. There are now multiple watch families within the IWC brand that boast all of the technological innovations and classic traditions from which the company was built. After IWC made a name for itself with their first pocket watch, the Magique, and their creation of the first watches to display the Pallweber system of digital hours and minutes, they launched the Pilot’s Watch collection in 1936. Throughout the decades, the Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino watch collections followed. These collections have become iconic models that have been recently updated with automatic movements and more contemporary designs. The updated watches are part of the IWC Vintage Collection. You can browse through all of IWC’s collections here.

The two causes that IWC supports are environmental awareness and youth disadvantages. On its website, IWC states that the company “has a corporate philosophy that embraces ecological responsibility and social commitment.” IWC has achieved international success with their global projects concerning ecological and social matters.

For years now, IWC Schaffhausen has been striving to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. In 2003, IWC production was moved to two new buildings composed of insulated glass and innovative ventilation that were designed to reduce IWC’s CO2 footprint. Its production facilities have given them certification as a climate-neutral company. Through the use of innovative production technologies and alternative energy use, IWC has been able to reduce emissions by 90 percent.

Not only does IWC strive for environmental impact awareness in the workplace, its employees are rewarded with financial incentives for making individual efforts to reduce their own CO2 footprints in their personal lives as well.

All of IWC Schaffhausen’s efforts to become an environmentally friendly company reflect the root of its philosophy. Georges Kern, CEO IWC Schaffhausen, explains that “beyond the confines of our company, at IWC we aim for similar standards in our response to the environmental challenges of today, supporting landmark projects around the globe.” IWC Schaffhausen is a member of Climate Group, an international non-profit organization that strives to reduce global emissions by implementing a clean industrial revolution. Passion for innovation is reflected in IWC’s research efforts with the “Plastiki” Expedition, which delves into the problems surrounding some of the most environmentally threatened areas on the planet and seeks to reduce plastic waste.

IWC Schaffhausen is also committed to promoting social causes, such as the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, an organization that beings awareness and support for social and physical handicaps in children all over the world. The Charles Darwin Foundation, a cause devoted to preserving the natural ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands, also has the support of the IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen’s passion for ecological and social improvements can only be matched by its passion for exquisite watch manufacturing. Visit IWC’s website for more information about the company’s products and impact.

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Five Celebrities and Their Favorite Watches

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, Style Watches, Watch Brands, Women's Watches

Five Celebrities and Their Favorite Watches

One sign of a celebrity’s fame is the kind of watch they wear. Rolex or Christian Dior on a celebrity’s wrist means they’ve made it to the “million dollar club.” Timex means they haven’t. Most celebs have a favorite luxury watch that they love to wear or endorse, gaining publicity for themselves and the watch brand.

Here is a list of five celebrities and the watches that they love to wear and endorse:

 

Diane Kruger Jaeger LeCoultre Rendezvous

Diane Kruger is brand ambassador for Jaeger LeCoultre

Diane Kruger – Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendezvouz Ladies Watch

Diane Kruger has been brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Jauger-LeCoultre since 2009. She wears the Rendezvous ladies watch. Available in pink-gold or stainless steel, the watch exudes a feminine elegance that was inspired by Diane Kruger. Says the brand on its official website: “Her innate grace, her cosmopolitan spirit and her choices inspired the feminine world of Jaeger-LeCoultre.” This watch is truly beautiful, with a diamond-set illuminated bezel, 1930s Art Deco inspired numerals set upon a guilloché dial, and a sapphire crystal case-back.

 

Jennifer Aniston's Yellow Gold Rolex Datejust

Jennifer Aniston loves her yellow gold Rolex Datejust

 

Jennifer Aniston – Rolex Datejust

It is well known in Hollywood that Jennifer Aniston is a “Rolex-only” kind of girl. There are hundreds of pictures of her out on the town with a Rolex on her wrist. Although she has been photographed wearing a black Rolex Daytona, it is clear that her yellow gold Rolex Datejust is her favorite. Her Rolex Day-Date is an 18-carat yellow gold piece with a fluted bezel and a champagne colored dial.


 

 

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio wearing TAG Heuer

Leonardo DiCaprio is brand ambassador for TAG Heuer

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio – TAG Heuer Carrera

Brand Ambassador for “Swiss avant-garde” watch manufacturer TAG Heuer, Leonardo DiCaprio loves to sport the TAG Heuer Carrera timepiece. With a Calibre 16 Automatic Chronograph powering the watch, it’s a perfect match for motor racing and other fast-paced sports. Both DiCaprio and TAG Heuer share a common goal of environmental sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

Charlize Theron wears Christion Dior VII

Charlize Theron wears Christian Dior VII watch

 

 

Charlize Theron – Christian Dior VII

Charlize Theron has moved from the ads of Christian Dior’s “J’adore” perfume to the Christian Dior VII watch. This watch is extravagant to the extreme. With a white ceramic and steel casing and diamonds set into an opaline and silver dial, it’s hard to decide which is more beautiful – the watch or Charlize Theron.

 

 

 

 

Kate Winslet wears Longines Dolcevita

Kate Winslet is brand ambassador for Longines Dolcevita

Kate Winslet – Longines Dolcevita

Kate Winslet has Longines “ambassadress of Elegance” since 2010.  Swiss watch brand Longines, established in 1832, has had many celebrity ambassadors including tennis player Andre Agassi, Australian actor Simon Baker, and Indian Beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but it could be argued that Kate Winslet is the most elegant face to wear their watches. She wears the Longines Dolcevita, an elegantly designed timepiece that was inspired by the easy-going Italian way of life – la dolce vita. Everything about this watch has femininity to it: its rectangular stainless steel and pink gold case and bracelet, its tear drop hour markers, and pink hour and minute hands.

 

 

 

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The 4N MVT01

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands


With a digital style setting in a mechanical frame, the 4N-MVT01/42 easily stands out amongst the crowd.

Created by the French designer Francois Quentin, the 4N brand first took shape back in 2009, but was not fully developed until 2011. Upon the 4N’s release it quickly became known as one of the world’s most unique designs.

The 4N features a 12 hour display that changes due to Four rotating discs. Four discs indicate the hour, 5 discs indicate minutes and one disc indicates seconds. To make it easy on the eyes, a golden colored rectangle surrounds the time. This outlining is very useful because the other rotating numbers are visible on the watch and without a border showing the numbers  you could easily confuse the time.

The body of the watch is quite large, as are most unique luxury watches. However the 4N is designed in a rectangular case. Think of it as a small little widescreen TV on your wrist. Of course a TV that only shows you the time.

The case is constructed with aluminum and titanium alloys, making it a very sturdy watch.

The movement employs a jump style mechanism to move the discs. With a constant force the mechanism reduces the amount of energy needed to run the watch. The power reserve for the 4N is estimated to be about 237 hours.

Technical Information
• Jumping minutes and hours
• Digital style display by discs
• Double barrels
• Screwed balance D:9.12mm
• Breguet Overcoil balance-spring
• Cadence: 21 600 ALT/hour
• 520 parts
• 86 Jewels
• Power reserve 237 hours
• Finishing: all parts finely decorated

There will only be 16 of these watches produced, available in either 18 carat white gold or platinum. The price has not yet been revealed but with its design and its grade, the 4N will definitely be one of those watches that will come with a golden price tag.

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The Dior Chiffre Rouge M05

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands


Christian Dior, the French design and apparel company recently released a new edition to its Chiffre Rouge collection. The Dior Chiffre Rouge M05 blends simplicity with luxury.

The M05 comes in all black or half red. The case is steel and coated with rubber. This edition has a geometric rotor on the dial.

There is a translucent mineral crystal on the back of the case, allowing for a full view of the mechanisms that run the watch.

The hour dial controller is actually encrusted with crystals, an extra luxury but somewhat unnecessary. But then again it is a luxury watch.

Dior has not yet released all the details for the M05. Like most newly released luxury watches the price has also not yet been released. But judging by the brands history and this particular edition the watch will definitely be high up on the price range.

The M05’s design is simple, the only thing that makes the watch stand out are the colors (black and blood red).

Everything else is quite ordinary, except for the fact that it is a Dior.

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The Hublot Oceanographic 4000 King Gold White

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, Style Watches, Watch Brands


After 18 months of research and testing, Hublot, the Swiss watch maker released one of its most prized technical creations, the Oceanographic 4000 King Gold White

The 4000’s main selling point is its water resistance. The watche’s technical achievements are its ability to be taken down to a depth of 4000 meters (2.5 miles), hence the name Oceanographic 4000.

Hublot achieved this by using synthetic and extremely high quality materials.
• The case is made of grade 2 titanium
• The clock face crystal is made of a 6.5mm thick synthetic sapphire crystal
• The case is mixed in with King Gold. The reddish color of the watch is due to a mix of 18k gold with 5% of platinum.
• A 48 mm diameter case

The 4000 has been treated with a luminescent material. Its clock hands; which are enlarged, are treated with SuperLuminova, a material that emits a glowing white color, enabling visibility at a distance of 25 center meters from the eyes, even at 4000 meters below the surface of the sea.

With large dials on the right side of the body the watch can be handled even with gloves, quiet essential for divers.

Also, the 4000 comes with an extra-long wrist strap. This was due purposely to accommodate for the thickness of a divers suit.

In the end the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 king Gold White is not a watch for everybody. It was designed mainly for divers. Of course collectors will be interested as well but for the average buyer this watch is a pass.

This watch has a limited production of 100 pieces. No price has been released but it will definitely be high up on the price range.

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A History of Raymond Weil

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, More News, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

All though a fairly new company, Raymond Weil has established itself as one of the world’s finest watch makers.
The company takes its name from its founder Raymond Weil.

Weil, born in 1926 in Geneva Switzerland, joined the Geneva watch company at the age of 23. By 1976 when the watch industry was on a decline, Weil started his own company.

Raymond Weil used his experience to build his company over the years. Incorporating other family members into the company like his son-in-law, Oliver Bernheim. With an increased workforce both loyal and devoted, the Weil brand re-inspired the watch industry.
Weil marketed the brand along with cultural influences. Like their Amadeus collection released in 1983 along with the famous movie.
The Weil brand continued to adapt to changes in society, creating new and unique designs for both men and women.

Timeline
1976: Raymond Weil creates the company
1982: Weil’s son in law joins the company (Oliver Bernheim).
1983: The Amadeus collection launched
1986: Othello collection released
1988: Traviata collection released
1991: Parsaifal collection released
1994: Precision Movements campaign consolidated with Raymond Weil
1996: W1 collection released
1999: The Celebrate the Movement campaign consolidated with Raymond Weil
2001-03: New Othello and Parsaifal collections
2006: Weil’s grandsons join the company (Elie and Pierre Bernheim)
2009: Ladies Noemia collection
2010: Maestro collection released

The Greatest contribution to the watch world that Raymond Weil has given is itself. The founder started the company at a time when the watch industry seemed to be dying out. The company proved that if you could create luxurious watches both unique and simple then you could survive. Weil watches are neither over the top in design nor bland and unoriginal. They can be worn anytime of the day and on any occasion, both formal or informal. The brands success proves that a watch company can be succesfull even if their watches are simple in design.

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A Brief History of Cartier and its Contribution to Luxury Watch Making

Written by Debbie. Posted in Cartier, Watch Brands, watch history

Since Cartier’s founding in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier in Paris, the jewelry and watch-making company has spent well over a century garnering its highly reputable and well-admired status in the luxury goods industry.

With beginnings as a firm focused on jewelry, it was not until the early years of the 20th century that Cartier expanded its repertoire of luxury goods to include timepieces. Until then, Cartier had experienced several monumental shifts, including the movement of its store to the current position of Cartier’s flagship on Rue de la Paix in Paris, and growing interest amongst aristocrats and the nobility of various countries. Such were the conditions to allow the emergent success of Cartier’s expansion into watch making.

Cartier Flagship and Cartier Family

The Cartier flagship store in Paris, circa 1899, where it still stands today; Alfred Cartier with sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques.

Placed in the hands of Louis Cartier, one of three grandsons of Cartier’s founder who went on to take over the business after their father Alfred Cartier, Cartier timepieces became immediately successful upon their introduction. Louis Cartier was an avid timepiece enthusiast and thus had great interest in Cartier producing the highest quality watches possible, a value still reflected in Cartier’s elegant, luxury timepieces today.

In 1904, Louis Cartier designed a flat wristwatch for a Brazilian aviator named Alberto Santos-Dumont, who sought a timepiece more reliable and functional than a pocket watch during his flights, leading to the birth of Cartier’s signature Santos watch. Louis Cartier’s elegant wristwatch designs were monumental in popularizing the wristwatch, shifting aristocracy away from the notion that gentlemen should only carry pocket watches.

Cartier,Santoswatch

Louis Cartier presents the Santos Watch to aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904. The Santos watch model has remained a timeless, beloved piece in Cartier’s collection.

Making a deal whereby Edmond Jaeger would be the supplier of movements for Cartier watches in 1907, Cartier watches were launched to success with technical and aesthetic sophistication and with substantial luxury client bases amongst the world’s most important cities, with Cartier stores opened in New York, London and St. Petersburg.

In the next 20 years, some of Cartier’s most timeless and important watches were produced for both men and women, including the Bagnoire and Tortue models in 1912 and the military-inspired Tank model in 1917. The Tank Model, seeing multiple iterations since its inception, remains one of Cartier’s most influential watches, donned by celebrities and notable individuals from Princess Diana to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama's Cartier Tank Watch

Leading Lady Michelle Obama selects this contemporary iteration of Cartier’s timeless Tank Watch as her staple timepiece.

With Louis Cartier largely responsible for the innovation behind Cartier watches, the sector faltered following his death in 1942, leading the company to be turned from Cartier family hands to those of a group of investors in 1972. This group has largely been responsible for Cartier’s continued success today, with Cartier recognized as one of the leading luxury product manufacturers of the world.

Cartier watches today retain the high level of standards that Louis Cartier once strove for in his innovative timepieces. The high craftsmanship and timeless nature of Cartier watches, in combination with the company’s understanding of its customers desires, have allowed Cartier to develop a strong brand reputation and famed position throughout its history, a legacy that assures that Cartier will continue to remain an important and beloved watchmaker into the future.

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Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph Goes Where Few Chronographs Dare

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches, Richard Mille

Richard Mille could have very well released the Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

Chronograph at the bottom of the sea. Well, maybe not the bottom of the sea, but certainly deeper than most other chronograph diving watches are capable. To be more precise, Richard Mille boasts water-resistance to depths of up to 300 meters. This easily exceeds the depth requirements for a diving watch (as outlined by the International Organization for Standardization in ISO 6425). Achieving a water-resistance rating at this level of depth is an impressive feat for a chronograph watch since enough water pressure on the crown and pushers could accidentally activate the chronograph. So how did Richard Mille create a chronograph watch that has a water-resistance of up to 300 meters?

The solution Richard Mille used was to create a locking crown that prevents any effects from external pressure or any accidental manipulations by securing the pushers. This is also attains a greater water-resistance capability in the timepiece and is easily activated by turning the ring on the crown. This seems like a fairly simple design implement and will undoubtedly help more chronographs achieve depths reserved for other types of watches. An appealing feature, and the design of the watch should be just as appealing to divers and non-divers alike.

RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic ChronographThe Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph features the characteristic curve, that is in all Richard Mille models, in the design of the 50mm tripartite titanium case. The distinctive dark coloring of the design, undoubtedly from which the Dark Diver name is derived, is achieved in part by the DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating on the case and buckle. This coating also helps prevent scuffs and scratches so the watch is sure to maintain its structural and visual integrity for the duration of its lifespan (assuming a modicum of care is taken, of course). The black rubber strap, bezel indicators and pushers finish the distinctive black look of the watch. Actually, aside from some minor red accents, this watch is completely black and its appearance seems like it would more fittingly belong on Darth Vader’s wrist than a diver’s. But regardless of whose wrist it is on, it is still a visually stunning piece.

The Dark Diver has Superluminova elements in the hands, running indicator disk and hour markers ensure optimal visibility regardless of the light available, an ideal feature for use in the depths of the sea. The Dark Diver features a Sapphire crystal dial and case back to help protect the Caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement. It also has a power reserve of about 50 hours or 45 hours, if the chronograph is running. It has functions for hours, minutes, date, month, a flyback chronograph with minutes and seconds counter, an hour counter, a running indicator and an adjustable rotor geometry.

The Richard Mille RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph is a stellar timepiece and would make anyone, fortunate enough to get their hands on one, very pleased by its functionality and unique design. Unfortunately Richard Mille has only produced 30 of these units and they are only being offered through the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, California; so these pieces will be hard to come by.

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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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