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Hands-On: The Girard-Perregaux 1966 In Steel

At a similar time, Girard-Perregaux has likewise been perhaps the main creators of straightforward watches, however basic watches that have significantly more in the engine than you would anticipate. There’s a solid custom in watchmaking – particularly before the times of alleged extravagance watchmaking – when, on the off chance that you purchased a watch, you’d want something basic, utilitarian, and proficient at conveying precision; Girard-Perregaux has a set of experiences here also. Presumably the absolute most fascinating watch from GP with regards to terms of effortlessness and exactness were the Chronometer HF (High Frequency) watches, which accompanied an assurance of precision. So Girard-Perregaux represents complexity, sure, yet additionally for a particular sort of virtue and commitment to mechanical respectability that is gotten somewhat harder to discover throughout the long term. (Like, they have a hand-wound, in-house chronograph development, which no one outside of the huge 3 or 4 should have. Why do we fail to remember this?)

The 1966 assortment all in all is kind of the GP for most of us – it’s not the Three Golden Bridges stuff, but rather it’s practically more intriguing in that it actually addresses the creation of an in-house development (they get minimal enough much obliged for it, in spite of the obvious fixation of the present watch fans for in-house developments) in a delightfully straightforward case with actually pleasantly done dial furniture (dials and markers) of the preferences that not many brands are doing nowadays. Without a doubt, you have the typical suspects – on the off chance that you read HODINKEE you know that, suppose, Seiko (in the Grand Seikos) and Rolex (in all things) and Tudor (in the new type MT5621) and others make really in-house developments. NOMOS gets a ton of kudos for doing as such, and which is all well and good, but then Girard-Perregaux has been in the game for quite a long time and doesn’t get the focuses it ought to.

We’re not sure why, but rather submitted for your thought, the 1966 in hardened steel. This is such a watchmaking you used to underestimate from Switzerland: decent completion  –you don’t know anything, over the top compulsive, simply great, strong, genuine completion – in a house-made development, in a watch that has a personality, sure, yet that additionally doesn’t drive one on you. So, it’s such a thing everybody appears to say they want, yet somehow appears to disregard the way that Girard-Perregaux has been giving you what you want all along.

Girard-Perregaux 1966, in steel, and would we be able to say, the sort of exemplary, basic watchmaking everybody thinks nobody is doing any longer and that GP is doing. Development, the GP in-house, full-rotor type GP03300-0030, least 46 hour power save. 40 mm case, pure steel.

Reference 49555-11-131-BB60 (calfskin lash): $7,500

Reference 49555-11-131-11A (steel arm band): $8,200

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