Girard Perregaux has a very distinctive style. The Swiss Brand has an amazing balance between watchmaking know-how and contemporary design. This equation made possible one of the most iconic collections of the brand, called 1966. And today, Girard Perregaux is revealing a new model called the Blue Hour. This new timepiece reminds us the beauty of the 1966 collection and the art of Swiss watchmaking.
Girard Perregaux 1966 collection, simply iconic
Here is a little bit of history. Back in 1960’s, Girard Perregaux was one of the single brands to invest a lot in research and development. In 1966 the Swiss watchmaker launched a collection called “1966” and featured the first high-frequency movement. With this technological breakthrough, Girard Perregaux considerably improved precision in watch-making. In the following year, 1967, 73% of all chronometer certificates awarded by the Neuchatel observatoire were given to Girard Perregaux. The 1966 collection pays a beautiful tribute to this era and the brand commitment to innovation.
Girard Perregaux, the Blue hour
The new addition to the 1966 collection is called the Blue hour. It is a beautiful minimalistic timepiece. The 41mm watch will strike you from the very first seconds thanks to its deep blue sunburst finished dial. The pure baton hour-markers are the perfect elements that will mark your time with slightly elegant differences at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
Inside the watch case you will find the GP01800-0004 in-house movement. It is a self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 54 hours. Its 190 components are a tribute to beautiful watchmaking.
The back-case in sapphire glass reveals the beauty of the movement with Côtes de Genève and the brand name. The Côtes de Genève or in English Geneva stripes are patterns obtained by abrasion. There are today several variations but typically they are ornamental stripes patterns produced by using rotary motions within the stripes. It is a strong sign of superior Swiss watchmaking.
The Blue hour, a very poetic reference
On a personal note, and not sure the brand did it in purpose, I really liked the “Blue hour” reference. The Blue hour is a very special moment in time, or more precisely during the day. It is the rare moment between day and night in which the sky get filled with a deep blue color. It happens in the morning with the first rays of light and also at the end of the day when evening comes. Poets and artists like these two moments of the day as everything seems calm and the entire world stops to give room to the beauty of nature.
I do not know if Girard Perregaux’s creative teams got inspired by it but I thought it was a perfect complement to the richness of this blue color.
Do not hesitate to visit Girard Perregaux’s website for more information about the new watch and the incredible universe of the Swiss watchmaker:
Girard Perregaux is a virtuoso in watchmaking and every single detail of its art inspires generations of watch aficionados. Well done! (As always).
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