New Girard-Perregaux Watch Inspired By Games of Chance

Sep 18, 2007
The original design is the first thing you notice when you look at the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon. The timepiece seems to be created in a bold attempt to revolutionize traditional approach to watchmaking.

The creators of the Girard-Perregaux watch managed to successfully unite the precision of the greatest horological complications with the vagueness of games of chance. As a result, there appeared an exclusive Haute Horlogerie watch of amazing complexity.

The Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon became the first watch that united a Tourbillon and a slot machine provided with an amazing mechanism that perfectly fitted the watch's rose gold rectangular-shaped case (with dimensions 43 x 43.95 mm).

On the black dial of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 completed with Arabic '3' and '9' numerals, at 12 o'clock you will notice a window revealing a row of three symbols. If you are interested in the inside beauties of the timepiece, a cut-out positioned at 6 o'clock opens the view to the gold Bridge and the Tourbillon cage.

To set the game magic in motion, it is necessary to pull the handle found on the right side of the case. The game starts and the three reels rotate and then stop randomly on one of the five symbols. Meanwhile a hammer strikes a gong to produce the cheerful chime reminding the gaming machines you will usually see in a casino. Altogether, there are 125 combinations, and only one stands for the jackpot - you have to get the three bells in a row.

The Girard Perregaux watch-makers required months of development to unite the art of watchmaking with a gaming machine, having finally miniaturized all the functions and elaborated a completely integrated caliber, GPFAY08 Jackpot Tourbillon. The gaming machine is operated by a rack that is responsible for starting and stopping the reels and activating the chimes.

The designers of the Girard-Perregaux watch opted for the jackpot symbols as reproductions of those used for the first mechanical slot machine that appeared at the end of the 19th century, well-known as 'Liberty Bell'. The name of the machine is relevant to the independence of the USA. On the gold reels, there turn out in random the suits of diamonds, spades, horseshoes, hearts, and the legendary bells, that were first hollowed out and then lacquered.

The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon reveals a crystal back, that makes visible the movement. The originally designed timepiece once again proves the brand's unique expertize in producing the rare and precious timekeepers. The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 is destined for men who appreciate unconventional yet elegant design and are attracted by risky lifestyle.

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