Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar and Equation of Time
Girard-Perregaux expanded the size of the 1966 Annual Calendar and EOT by 2 millimeters and added a Minute Repeater. The outcome is the new GP 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar and Equation of Time that quantifies a fair 42 mm in measurement.
When the GP 1966 Annual Calendar and EOT was presented in 2009 it was my #1 new arrival of the SIHH 2009. Particularly the pink gold variant with record dark sunray-brushed dial that was presented a year ago has become one of my #1 timepieces. What is so phenomanal is that Girard-Perregaux figured out how to make an uneven dial look amazingly adjusted and that’s probably part of the appeal of the GP 1966 collection.
This GP 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar and Equation of Time is restricted to 15 pieces and comes at a cost of $287,000 USD. Just wished they would come up with a more limited name…
The silvered sunburst dial is the background of the time, schedule and EOT indications. Around the dial are strong gold applique hour-markers and black painted moment markers. The date is located roughly between the 1 and 2 o’clock position and to one side, at the 9 o’clock position is the little seconds sub dial. The month is shown in a window inverse if the date. The Annual Calendar’s quick development just requires a solitary change of the date every year, in February, which is handily brought out through the watch’s crown. The hand at 4.30 shows the condition of time.
To complete this watchmaking work of art, a Minute Repeater makes it conceivable to hear the striking of the hours, quarter-hours and minutes. In absolute this show-stopper comprises of 419 individual parts!
The transparent case back uncovers a top into this extremely complicated mechanical marvel. The scaffolds look rather unordinary for Girard-Perregaux, as they are skeletonized to uncover considerably a greater amount of the development. A natural plan component is the equilibrium chicken, which is planned in a semi-bolt shape that reviews the Golden Bridges, the brand’s significant signature.
All spans are pleasantly designed with Côte de Genève and all points have been slanted and cleaned by hand. The – screw-balance includes little screws (variable latency) screwed into its rim. Some of the gems, it would appear that all gems of the stuff train, are set in gold chatons.
Long, quite a while past, when the moment repeater was considered, it was necessary for individuals to have the option to hear a sign of the time during the evening. An electrical light wasn’t inveted yet. Today the moment repeater has become one of the complications that is generally valued by epicureans of fine watchmaking. To make the vibration that will deliver a glasslike sound, the change of the striking component is perhaps the most sensitive tasks for a watchmaker, requiring deft fingers and an especially acute ear.
Girard-Perregaux did comprehensive acoustic examination to enhance the Minute Repeater instrument. This additionally prompted three exceptionally planned parts of the development of the watch-case:
- an ideal fit between the inner distance across of the case and that of the type, in order to achieve most extreme resonance;
- a bended case back that expands the volume of air between the development and the case, and improves the sound production;
- and the precious stone cleaned lower part of the case back, which diminishes acoustic interference.
Technical Specifications: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar & Equation of Time
Case in cleaned pink gold, estimating 42 mm in diameter, with hostile to intelligent domed sapphire gem. The case-back with sapphire gem is closed with 6 screws and embellished with hand-engraved inscriptions.
Girard-Perregaux E09-0003 handwound mechanical movement
- Frequency: 21,600 vib/h – 3 Hz
- Power hold: min.100 hours – 4 days
- Number of components: 419 of which 48 jewels
- Plate: rhodium-plated and round grained
- Bridges: côtes de Genève, cleaned inclined angles
- Striking system: rehashing with two facing hammers, hours, quarter-hours, minutes. Guideline of the speed of the striking-instrument by latency driven lead representative, countersprings accessible on the extension side, modified moment rack; customary gong pitches.
- Functions: hours, minutes, little seconds, minute repeater, yearly schedule, condition of time
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar & Equation of Time is restricted to 15 pieces and retails for $287,000 USD. More data can be found at the Girard-Perregaux site .
This article is composed by Frank Geelen, leader editorial manager for Monochrome Watches .