Hands-On: The Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Tourbillon With Gold Bridge

It’s shockingly elusive a smart, complicated watch for ladies these days. Girard-Perregaux is no more peculiar to profoundly complicated women’s watches and this isn’t the first tourbillon the company has made for ladies. Indeed, back in 2013 there was an extraordinary rendition of G-P’s particular three brilliant extensions tourbillon adjusted for ladies. At Baselworld this year, Girard-Perregaux showed the Cat’s Eye Tourbillon, this time with one gold extension still obvious up front.

The Cat’s Eye Tourbillon is accessible in two adaptations: one with a jewel set dial and the other with a cut mother-of-pearl dial. The one you see here is the last mentioned, and its oval-formed case estimates 38.4mm by 32.9mm and 12.7mm thick. The dial is something to value just without anyone else. The round inscriptions give it a look not at all like some other mother-of-pearl dial I’ve seen previously. It’s luminous without being too gleaming or shimmering and clearly it’s been wonderfully hand-crafted. 

The white gold case is completely set with pavé jewels in an uncommon snow-like example. This strategy includes setting different size stones (more than 1,000 of them) next to each other to make the snow-like impact. This work is done free-hand by few craftsmans, and since it is difficult to copy similar accurate setting on two distinct watches, in fact each Cat’s Eye Tourbillon is novel piece. If you like the look, there’s no denying the ability it takes to make a case like this.

But, we should recollect, this isn’t a watch about the surface. The development inside is the type GP09700-0011, which is physically wound and has a 70-hour power save. The tourbillon takes a seat at 6 o’clock and the enclosure is gotten by a huge white gold extension. The scaffold is a similar shape as what you’ll discover on the three brilliant extension models, including the bolt molded finishes, and this one highlights luxurious etching as well.

So how can it wear? At 12.7mm thick, this watch is really huge on the wrist. To place things in context, the Datograph (a watch adored notwithstanding being somewhat thick) is simply 13.1mm thick. For somebody with a more modest wrist, there’s no way to avoid this being a beautiful thick watch. There is likewise something about the oval case shape that gives the figment that the watch is sitting higher than it really is. I don’t abhor the white tie the watch comes on, yet while Girard-Perregaux most likely planned for this watch to be a dress watch, believe it’s vastly improved fit to blending with pants and a shirt (since why not).

Okay, so we realize it looks great, it’s precisely amazing, and it highlights heaps of craftsmanship, yet what are my real musings on this shimmering number? 

Well, upon first seeing this watch, I didn’t actually have a clue what to think. Some portion of me was charmed by the complication, just as (secretly) by the sheer volume and gleam. Indeed, I, Cara Barrett, now and then truly like a decent jewel set watch. The other, more downplayed part of me, nonetheless, was somewhat killed. Not by the actual watch, but rather by the way that a watch this apparently showy really exists in the present day and age. These sentiments are not uncomplicated.

So, do I like this watch for what it is? Indeed. Is it all that I need in a cutting edge women’s watch? No. Yet, that is a conversation for another time.

The Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge retails for $296,000. For more data on Girard-Perregaux click here .