The Three Bridges from Girard-Perregaux is an icon. Its history can be traced back to 1887, when Constant Girard’s Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges won the first prize in the Universal Exhibition in Paris.
The Neo collection, which was launched in recent times, provides a contemporary take on Girard-Perregaux’s offerings. In this year’s SIHH, Girard-Perregaux had taken a step further with the launch of the all-new Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton.
The latest timepiece from Girard-Perregaux is a culmination and evolution of the characteristics of its watches. The first is the original Tourbillon with Three Bridges, in which the incredible construction had cemented them a place in the horological history books. Next, it would be the skeleton movements that Girard-Perregaux had produced since 1998. The final piece of the puzzle would be the production of the first Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges, launched in 2014. The latest novelty has definitely embodied these different characteristics wonderfully.
Presented in a 45mm titanium case, the Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton is definitely a contemporary interpretation of the Three Bridges. Sandwiched by two giant domed sapphire crystals, the main highlight of this timepiece is certainly the skeleton dial. The main idea of it is to showcase the distinctive three sandblasted titanium PVD bridges. This is done by eradicating as many components as possible, including the base plate of the movement. Hence, the three bridges now act as the base plate of some sort – creating the basis of support for the gear train and various components of the movement.
On the note of the movement, the new timepiece is powered by the Calibre 9400. This is a self-winding movement, featuring an 18k solid white gold micro-rotor. It boasts a minimum power reserve of approximately 60 hours. As it name suggests, it also features a one-minute tourbillon, comprising of 80 components.
The Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton is definitely an interesting addition to Girard-Perregaux’s line-up. This is a timepiece that combines both the contemporary and the classic nicely. This will certainly attract the younger clientele, whom might have deemed the usual Girard-Perregaux offerings a little too classical. It will be priced at S$204,900.
Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton
Case: Material: Titanium; Diameter: 45.00 mm; Thickness: 15.85 mm; Glass: sapphire anti-reflective treatment “box”, steeply cambered, convex; Case-back: sapphire crystal “box”; Dial: no dial, no ring; Hands: “Dauphine” type, brushed white gold; Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)
Movement: Reference: GP 09400-0011, skeletonised, mechanical with automatic winding; Winding: unidirectional via an 18K white gold micro-rotor, coaxial with the barrel; Diameter: 36,00 mm; Thickness: 9,54 mm; Frequency: 21,600 vph – (3 Hz); Number of components: 260; Jewels: 27; Power reserve: min. 60 hours; Functions: tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon
Tourbillon: Tourbillon cage in Titanium, 80 components weighting 0.25 grams
Bridges: 5 skeletonised, bevelled, sandblasted, black PVD-treated bridges
Strap: Material: Hand-stitched black alligator; Buckle: Titanium triple folding clasp