Hands-On: The Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon With Gold Bridges
The Tourbillon Minute Repeater is rather dazzling to behold. The open-worked idea shows the striking mechanism’s components up front. There is no wrist or skin or case keeping the chimes, just a layer of sapphire crystal.
The 18k gold case itself is shaped, front and back, as an acoustic amplifier. Notice that the hammers are mounted on jewels to lessen erosion, a way to speed up the strikes just as the power of their effect. The solitary fundamental component that isn’t obvious on the dial side is the flywheel, and that’s to take out any superfluous turning sounds it might make as it controls the hammers’ striking speed.
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Opposite the hammers, one finds a tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The carriage requires a moment to pivot and is held set up by the littlest of the three (two obvious) careful gold scaffolds . For a 45 mm watch, it sits shockingly well on the wrist. Indeed, it’s enormous, even on my sizable wrist, but on the other hand it’s light, and GP has always bended their carries with the goal that they shape to the wrist.
Visible through a sapphire precious stone on the back is the manual assembling GP09500-0002 type comprised of 406 components. It beats at 3 Hz (21,600 vph) and has a power hold of 48 hours. The finishing is superb, with matte impacting, brilliant inclined edges and decouverture on each jewel hole. No fewer than 200 hours are given to assembly.
The Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges has rather articulated, even hurried chimes. It without a doubt is another strong piece of haute horology from the assembling. It will be restricted to 10 pieces at a cost of $395,000.
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