Though youthful generations will affiliate Girard-Perregaux with the Laureato luxurious sports activities watch assortment, this model has a historic watch up its sleeve with a vibrant historical past. Generally known as La Esmeralda, this well-known award-winning tourbillon chronometer pocket watch with three gold bridges was primarily based on a mannequin constructed by Fixed Girard in 1860. Following the particular pink gold version launched in 2021 to have a good time the model’s 230th anniversary, La Esmeralda Tourbillon “A Secret” Eternity Version returns in a white hand-engraved gold case with a secret hinged cowl on the caseback and a guilloché Grand Feu enamel dial. Girard-Perregaux will unveil the white gold restricted version through the 2023 Doha Jewelry and Watches Exhibition (20-25 February).
From La Chaux-de-Fonds to Paris to Mexico and Again
Watchmaker Fixed Girard (1825-1903) and his spouse, Marie Perregaux, based Girard-Perregaux in 1856. Fascinated with the design of escapements, particularly tourbillons, Fixed Girard determined that the three parallel bridges within the type of arrows securing his tourbillon motion might develop into a part of the design language of the watch, which he patented in 1884. Housed in an elaborately engraved gold case with a white Grand Feu enamel dial and a hinged mud cowl engraved with three horses, La Esmeralda was submitted to the Paris Common Exhibition of 1889 and gained a gold medal. In an odd flip of occasions, La Esmeralda ended up in Mexico and was bought to Porfirio Díaz, the Mexican common who served seven consecutive turns as president of Mexico and was lastly ousted in 1911 through the Mexican Revolution. A descendant of Díaz bought La Esmeralda to Girard-Perregaux in 1970.
La Esmeralda Tourbillon
La Esmeralda Tourbillon “A Secret” Eternity Version is certainly one of Girard-Perregaux’s most illustrious and costly fashions. Naturally, there are extra modern interpretations of the tourbillon within the Bridges assortment, like this spectacular tourbillon mannequin, all characterised by the three bridges theme laid down by their venerable ancestor. This white gold model of the La Esmeralda Tourbillon is similar to the 230th-anniversary version and is available in a lavishly hand-engraved 43mm case with a top of 15.1mm. The leaf motifs engraved on the bezel, caseband, lugs and buckle are hand-engraved by GP’s in-house artisans in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
The spectacular guilloché dial with royal blue Grand Feu enamel hosts the hallmark gold arrow-shaped bridges with a shocking twist. The bridge excessive barrel and the bridge spanning the tourbillon options two hand-engraved white gold horses that reference the horses discovered on the caseback of the unique La Esmeralda. As you’d count on from such a high-end mannequin, the bridges characteristic mirror-polished finishings.
Beneath the bridges is a recessed determine eight, residence to the barrel at midday, the centre wheel and the lyre-shaped tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock, which weighs simply 0.3g. The faceted white gold Dauphine-style hour and minute palms are complemented by a blued metal hand on the tourbillon to point the small seconds.
On the reverse aspect, the ‘secret’ hinged caseback is adorned with guilloché, and the white gold silhouettes of three horses are full of blue enamel. With its fluted bezel, the caseback opens to disclose the in-house automated GP09600-2083 motion with a white gold micro-rotor. Beating at 21,600vph, the motion delivers a minimal energy reserve of fifty hours when totally wound.
Availability & Value
The Tourbillon “A Secret” Eternity Version in white gold will be ordered with blue, inexperienced and gray color schemes however is restricted to 18 items per color. The value is EUR 508,000 / GBP 341,800 / CHF 427,600 / USD 482,000.
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