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Across the Universe: Girard-Perregaux’s SIHH 2019 Releases Are Inspired By The Cosmos

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For this year’s edition of Geneva’s biggest watch show, Swiss manufacture Girard-Perregaux explores the ideas of time and space with pieces inspired by a singular theme, namely, “Earth to Sky.”

Here are a few of our favorites from SIHH 2019.

Laureato Absolute Chronograph

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The manufacture’s iconic sports watch since its inception in the 1970s, the Laureato’s angular, powerful presence is reimagined in three new variations: the Absolute, the WW.TC, and the Chronograph. Melding modern trends and classic design with an avant garde twist, all are powerful statements, but it’s the latter that we fell for. The 44mm, polished black titanium case houses an automatic GP03300-1058 chronograph movement, and its black and blue gradient dial echoes the iconic image of space. Water-resistant to 300 meters, and with an injection-molded strap, it’s a sporty piece perfect for the fearlessly fashion-forward gentleman.

Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom

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Girard-Perregaux’s signature women’s collection, Cat’s Eye, also gets a cosmic makeover for 2019. The Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom adds a dash of whimsy to the line with the addition of a subtle, beautiful detail—the plum blossom—which oscillates to serve as a small seconds hand. The distinct elliptical case is adorned in three new finishes, namely mother-of-pearl, diamond pave, and aventurine. Aligning with the global trend for blue dials, it’s the aventurine that stays true to this year’s universal theme, reminiscent of a night sky shimmering with a million stars.

1966 – “Earth to Sky Edition”

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Initially perceived as the subtlest piece—in our humble opinion—in this release, the 1966 –“Earth to Sky Edition” seems almost reserved in design next to the other models unveiled at SIHH. This contemporary classic, however, adheres strongly to the Girard-Perregaux ideals of watchmaking excellence. It’s all in the details for this limited edition piece: a black DLC treated 40mm steel case houses the manufacture’s time-tested Calibre GP3300 calibre, viewable through the sapphire caseback, while touches like a rubber-patterned alligator strap and almost minimalist smoky blue dial, clearly inspired by the cosmos, round off this beautiful piece.

Bridges Cosmos

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We’ve saved the best (in this case, most complicated) for last. Staying true to its expertise in haute horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Bridges Cosmos, an undeniable ode to the wonders of the universe. This three-dimensional stunner houses the brand-new Calibre GP09320-1098, and features a tourbillon, world time complication, and sky chart. The latter displays the most visible constellations laser engraved on a blue-tinted globe, which rotates in the same amount of time as a sidereal day—23 hours, 58 minutes, and 4 seconds. A scale model of the Earth serves as a world time display, and offers impressive details like hollow oceans and raised continents. This unique timepiece also does away with a crown, symbolizing the limitlessness of the universe; all adjustments are made on the back of this masterpiece.

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