We have every reason to believe that it is no accident that a brand launches any watch full of its own characteristics. This is a demonstration of the strength that has been accumulated and invested for decades. The number and area of SIHH exhibitors this year are the same as in 2010. Now let us once again appreciate some of the outstanding watches on display this year.
Small seconds watch
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 small seconds watch with a 40 mm round case perfectly embodies this concept. This design was mainly inspired by Girard-Perregaux’s 19th century pocket watch products. In order to demonstrate this long tradition in a modern way, enamel has become the perfect choice for dials. The characteristics of enamel and its special composition make the enamel dial very well tolerated, and it also looks more profound and unique. This traditional technique, which requires the preparation of enamel powder and its uniform fusion through furnace control during the baking phase, is now in the hands of only a few experts. The finishing touch of this creative design is the elegant Arabic numerals, with the blue-steel leaf-shaped hour and minute hands turning between them, while the small seconds hand rotates on the chronograph dial at 6 o’clock.
Golden Bridge Tourbillon
The fresh lines of the 40 mm case reflect the perfect design and manufacturing process. The curved parts and lugs are carefully adjusted to fit the wrist. The watch was designed at the Girard-Perregaux factory, and after very careful surface processing, it fully showed the bright color of rose gold. The case back is fixed with 6 screws and hand-engraved, reminiscent of the 19th century Girard-Perregaux tourbillon dome. Each watch has its own unique number, which is also hand-engraved according to the brand tradition. In the case is a GP Girard-Perregaux 9610 movement composed of 224 parts. Its elegant decoration and structure are also inspired by the tourbillon pocket watch of the 19th century. The tourbillon bridge in the new Girard-Perregaux 1966 tourbillon watch has a distinctive shape: a board bridge called ‘bassiné’ with rounded chamfered arms. The machining process is to repair the end of the bridge arm, make it very balanced and become semi-cylindrical, while maintaining the boundary between the center and the end. The artisans used gem, soft leather, boxwood and diamond adhesives in the finishing process, making them a very smooth round decoration. Even the smallest flaws can be immediately seen with the naked eye.
The new Portofino dual time zone watch
The new Portofino dual time zone watch is undoubtedly the ideal choice for travelers and frequent flyers around the world. The crown allows the wearer to easily change the time zone and reset the date. A rustic, low-key 24-hour display is set on the upper half of the dial to accurately remind the wearer of the time of departure. The red hands rotate once a day, while the hour markers and embossed numbers indicate 0 to 24 o’clock. Local time is indicated by the hour and minute hands as usual. To set the local time, simply pull the crown to position 1, and you can move the hour hand forward or backward in units of one hour. When setting, if the hour hand passes another day, the date of the destination will be adjusted forward or backward by 1 day accordingly. The dual barrel design ensures that the watch can provide a 72-hour power reserve when fully wound. The two-way pawl winding system can transmit energy to the barrel with the swing of the wearer’s arm. Through the transparent sapphire glass case back, you can admire the oscillating weight of the ‘Probus Scafusia’-the extraordinary technology and exquisite craftsmanship from Schaffhausen, and the beautifully modified movement.
The Portofino chronograph is an example of practical design. In 2011, the layout of the Portofino chronograph watch became more meticulous and symmetrical, with softer lines. The case diameter has been slightly increased by one millimeter to 42 millimeters, and the smoother case contour and soft and smooth lug design are particularly pleasing to the eye. The design of the chronograph dial is also gentle and restrained, and the function is complete and practical. In addition to the cumulative chronograph display, a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock corresponds to the day and date display opposite the dial. The color of each display panel is exactly the same as the color of the dial. Buyers can choose a silver or black dial to match the stainless steel case. The Portofino chronograph is driven by the tried and tested calibre 79320, has a 44-hour power reserve, and is automatically wound by a oscillating weight mounted on a ball bearing.