Published on February 7th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
From Girard-Perregaux, the Neo-Bridges automatic titanium watch heralds a construction approach aimed at bringing a dramatic theatrical touch to tomorrow’s mechanical horology.
Within this magnificently staged watchmaking show, the new GP08400 self-winding 14 ¼-ligne movement with micro-rotor forms an inseparable whole with the 45 mm-diameter titanium case that is water-resistant to 30 metres, fitted with a black alligator leather strap secured by a titanium triple folding clasp. This captivating movement featuring perfect symmetry – thanks to the judicious positioning of the micro-rotor along the same axis as the barrel drum ensuring a 50-hour power reserve – is first and foremost designed to draw the eye. The architecture does indeed capture the gaze, especially since it is reinforced by contemporary finishing including sandblasting, NAC treatment of the mainplate, and a PVD coating on the delicately curved bridges. This ensemble with its sophisticated graphic design is endowed with an infinitely hypnotic charm thanks to the presence at 6 o’clock of a large 10.15 mm-diameter variable-inertia balance wheel oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hertz (21,600 vibrations per hour). The generous size of the balance makes it less subject to disturbances and therefore more accurate.
The Neo-Bridges watch was designed by the style department as a contemporary transcription of the aesthetic codes dear to the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux. To magnify these design principles, the engineers and watchmakers have endowed the finely crafted titanium case measuring 45 mm in diameter and 12.17 mm thick with alternately polished and satin-brushed finishing. This coherent ensemble is fitted with a “Box” sapphire crystal and a minimalist dial, as well as a transparent sapphire crystal caseback – thereby providing ample space in which to read the time, as well as to discover this fascinating 208-part mechanism. The latter epitomises the art of harnessing and propelling towards the future the full stylistic power of the historical timepieces that have been forging the renown of the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux for more than 225 years.
Technical Specifications: Neo-Bridges
Case and dial
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Height: 12.18 mm
Glass: sapphire anti-reflective
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Dial: no dial, ring with suspended indexes
Hands: skeleton with luminescent material
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Reference: GP08400-0001, mechanical with automatic winding
Diameter: 32.00 mm (14¼’’’)
Height: 5.45 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Number of components: 208
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Functions: hours, minutes
Material: dark-grey alligator with stitching
Buckle: titanium triple folding buckle