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New Release: Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye La Fenice and Sparkle

When diamonds, mother-of-pearl and watches collide.
by Ryan Teoh on October 17, 2017

The aesthetic of the Cat’s Eye collection, which Girard-Perregaux has dedicated exclusively to women, displays a natural penchant for interpreting various worlds in the manner of waking dreams. Certain encounters are naturally inspired by the beauty pervading the art world. Girard-Perregaux presents a spectacular creation blending watchmaking in accordance with the vision of excellence cultivated by the Maison and High Jewellery: La Fenice, and Sparkle.

Girard-Perregaux: Cat’s Eye La Fenice

The pinnacle of international opera is showcased by the magnificent ‘trinity’ composed of La Scala in Milan, San-Carlo in Naples… and La Fenice in Venice. With its neoclassical exterior, its baroque interior featuring fresco paintings, gildings, beautifully arranged tiers and Italian-style partitioned boxes, La Fenice is a creative hub whose red curtain has risen on legendary first performances including Hernani, Rigoletto and La Traviata. Girard-Perregaux pays tribute to this iconic site by draping the Cat’s Eye La Fenice in diamonds, daintily secured by a hand-polished white gold ribbon bow.

The Girard- Perregaux Cat’s Eye La Fenice is resplendent with 168 diamonds adorning its case, 93 diamonds on the dial and 14 on the buckle.

The Cat’s Eye La Fenice is entirely in tune with this festive mood, glittering with more than 200 emerald-cut diamonds of exceptional quality. The dial features a splendid decor composed of 83 emerald-cut diamonds (approx. 3.97 cts), along with 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.21 ct). The emerald cut was initially developed for the eponymous gem, which is subject to inclusions that make it fragile to work with. The rectangular shape of the oblique corners protects it from mechanical stresses. The emerald cut also magnificently suits diamonds, highlighting both their radiance and their transparency. On this model, the setting of the dial and case has been performed using the “Clou de Paris” technique. It consists of fixing several stones around a rod – the Clou – which is then cut and filed to bring it smoothly level with the diamonds, which must be calibrated with rigorous precision. This paving creates a mirror-type effect that magnifies the fiery glow of the gems.

 

A Customisable Mother-Of-Pearl Inlay

The shimmering mother-of-pearl inlay on the dial is customisable to the wearer’s fancy.

The curtain of diamonds is held by a ribbon bow suspended above a cut-out mother-of-pearl marquetry inlay that is hand-painted in subtly graded shades which may be personalised at will. The palette of colours is left entirely up to the woman who will choose the watch. A flurry of mauve, purple or garnet red… Delicate pastels or naturalistic inspiration with moss green or glossy chestnut… The iridescence of mother-of-pearl delicately reflects the radiance of the diamonds. Girard-Perregaux offers the owner an alligator leather strap crafted to exactly match the shade chosen for the mother-of-pearl inlay.

 

Beauty Inside and Out

Inside the white gold case of this exceptional model beats an in-house mechanical self-winding movement driving hours and minutes functions and endowed with a 46-hour power reserve. The solid caseback of the watch provides an additional area that Girard-Perregaux wished to dedicate to personalisation. The Manufacture offers a choice of several engraved motifs relating to the theatrical world, composing an exquisite background for the names or messages that may be added.

Brilliant diamonds line all aspects of the case.

The Cat’s Eye La Fenice comes with an additional alligator leather strap secured by a buckle set with 14 brilliant-cut diamonds.

 

Technical Specifications for La Fenice:

Case

Material: white gold

Dimensions: 32.90 x 38.40 mm

Height: 12.57 mm

Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Case-back: solid, special engraving

Dial: mother-of-pearl and diamonds

Hands: leaf-shaped

Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

 

Setting

Case set with 168 emerald-cut diamonds ~14.83 cts

Dial set with 83 emerald-cut diamonds ~3.97 cts and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds ~0.21 ct

Buckle set with 14 emerald-cut diamonds ~0.75 ct

Total setting: 265 diamonds, ~19.76 cts

 

Movement

Reference: GP03300-0127, mechanical self-winding

Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 ½’’’)

Height: 4.54 mm

Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)

Number of components: 199

Jewels: 27

Power reserve: min. 46 hours

Functions: hours, minutes

 

Strap

Material: alligator leather

Buckle: white gold folding clasp set with diamonds

 

Reference: 80494B53P7B1-CK4A

Price: SGD $568,600

 

Girard-Perregaux: Cat’s Eye Sparkle

The Cat’s Eye Sparkle appears to welcome a world all its own within an oval-shaped case set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds. It composes a supremely appealing frame, much like an 18th century painting whose oval border was a rarity for its time. Among all the potential chromatic options at its disposal, Girard-Perregaux has chosen blue for the mother-of-pearl cabochons, hand-painted in a delicate shade reminiscent of a frozen lake. The artisan manually polishes this organic material so as to further accentuate the magic of its subtle colours.

Can fire shine with an ice-cold brilliance? This piece certainly puts forth a convincing case for that.

A perfectly proportioned oval of diamonds blooms in the dial centre in a snow setting, playing its own distinctive role within the mother-of-pearl border. One after the other, following an intensely personal thought pattern, more than 200 brilliant-cut diamonds of varying diameters are deftly juxtaposed, covering the entirety of the white gold surface. Each dial requires over 25 hours of work, along with the inspired expertise of the artisans that instil each piece with a touch of soul.

The Sparkle is powered by the Calibre GP03300-0101 with its 195 components and 46-hour power reserve, also distinguished by its superb finishing including Côtes de Genève striping and circular graining on the mainplate, blued steel screws and an oscillating weight bearing the “GP” Tapisserie pattern.

The Cat’s Eye Sparkle is delivered with a midnight blue alligator leather strap that further enhances the romantic aura of this exceptional model.

 

Technical Specifications for Sparkle:

Case

Material: white gold

Dimensions: 35.40 x 30.40 mm

Thickness: 11.60 mm

Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Case-back: transparent sapphire crystal

Dial: mother-of-pearl, set with brilliant-cut diamonds; mother-of-pearl hour-markers

Hands: leaf-shaped

Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

 

Setting

Case set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds ~0.80 ct

Dial set with 217 diamonds ~0.60 ct

Buckle set with 14 diamonds ~0.118 ct

Total: 293 diamonds, ~ 1.52 cts

 

Movement

Reference: GP03300-0101, mechanical self-winding

diameter: 25.60 mm (11 ½’’’)

Thickness: 4.70 mm

Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)

Number of components: 195

Jewels: 27

Power reserve: 46 hours

Functions: hours, minutes

 

Strap

Material/colour: midnight blue alligator leather

Buckle: double white gold folding clasp set with brilliant-cut diamonds

 

Reference: 80489D53A1B5-CK4A

Price: SGD $66,400

 

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