Girard-Perregaux Presents Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges

Feb 02, 2009
Girard-Perregaux has enlarged its iconic Tourbillon with three Bridges watch collection with a new majestic limited edition model - the Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges. There will be only 50 pieces of the timepiece available.

The newly-designed Vintage 1945 case features a curved profile and demonstrates an unusual form of the three Bridges. The Constant Girard-Perregaux watch created in the 1860s inspired their design.

Recreated Masterpiece
The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges boasts a modern outlook. The skeleton bridges of the watch fascinate by their geometric simplicity and purity of lines.

The brands master watchmakers carefully hollowed out the bridges, and then hand-polished them. The perfect finish of the bridges required 7 whole days of meticulous work. The 72 components of the Tourbillon were perfectly assembled within a diameter of just one centimeter.

The rectangular case of the Girard-Perregaux watch, crafted in pink gold, is worth special attention. The case, 28.60 x 30.30 mm in diameter, demonstrates a spherical profile, with a little camber, perfectly matching the shape of the wrist. The case construction incorporates a crown discreetly integrated into it. The timepiece is 30-meter water-resistant.

The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges accommodates a self-winding calibre based on an exclusive mechanism patented by Girard-Perregaux - a platinum micro-rotor, fitted behind the barrel. The mechanism allows to maintain the unique architecture of the movement. The movement provides a 48-hour power-reserve.

The timepiece elegantly embraces the wrist with an alligator leather strap fitted with a folding buckle.

Rich History
The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold Bridges boasts a rich history that dates back to the 19th Century. Constant Girard-Perregaux spent a lot of time studying a great variety of escapement systems. In particular, the La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaker concentrated his attention on the tourbillon escapement.

As a result, Constant Girard-Perregaux recreated the three bridges that held the movement wheels shaped as arrows, and put them in parallel. This way the watchmaker managed to align the barrel, the wheel train and the Tourbillon in the same axis, having given birth to a remarkable innovation - the movement that represented not just a technical and functional element of a timepiece, but also a unique design element. Constant Girard-Perregauxs ingenuity was rewarded - his Tourbillon with three gold Bridges was awarded with a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889.

Prior to the creation of the award-winning timepiece, in the 1860s, the watchmaker created a pocket watch that featured three parallel bridges. The watch with aligned bridges won a first class prize given by the Neuchatel Observatory. Later, the watchmaker used gold for the bridges and came up with their final shape.

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