Girard-Perregaux (Girard-Perregaux), a watch brand that spans more than two centuries, can be said to be one of the world’s last remaining true watchmakers. It is said that it is a real watch factory, mainly because Girard Perregaux can produce every part involved in watches and clocks. In its R & D department with about 20 senior watchmakers and engineers, it can strictly monitor every watch production. A process, from the design concept, the development of the movement to the design and manufacture of the case, are carefully monitored and improved by them. Therefore, each Girard Perregaux watch is the crystallization of traditional watchmaking technology and modern cutting-edge technology, which not only completely exceeds the realm of timepieces, but also one of the authority in the watch industry to produce top-level complex watches (Haute Horlogerie). Whether it is to make complex functions such as tourbillon, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, double-second hand-timer, etc., or to integrate these functions together, it can be easily handled by those skilled watchmakers in the watch factory.
Watchmaker Jean Francois Bautte
Girard-Perregaux was founded in 1791 by a master watchmaker, Jean Francois Bautte, and was not yet called Girard-Perregaux. This watchmaking factory started by Mr. Jean Francis Via in Geneva. In order to facilitate management and communication, Mr. Via intelligently centralized all the watchmaking processes. This production method can be said to be The prototype of assembly line production is now very advanced, because most brands were still at the stage of manual workshops. Mr. Via was one of the most well-known watchmakers and jewellers at the time. French junior Dumas once regarded his boutique as ‘the most fashionable jewellery store in Geneva’. This savvy entrepreneur is world-renowned for his ability to make ultra-thin watches.
Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux
In 1837, Jacques Bautte and Jean Samuel Rossel took over the management of the company from their founders, Jean Francis Via, and inherited Jean Francis • Via left their priceless industrial and cultural heritage. After 17 years, Girard-Perregaux ushered in its most important moment. In 1854, the watch factory was composed of talented watchmakers Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux. The couple took over, and the two combined their last names. In 1856, the Girard-Perregaux watch factory was officially established. Thus, a top watch brand inherited to this day has begun its glorious years in the world of watchmaking.
Under the control of the Zilards, the Girard-Perregaux watch factory has experienced a rapid development. In 1867, Zillerd proved the feasibility of using gold on the movement, and successfully developed the three-gold bridge tourbillon movement, which shocked the watchmaking altar. This great masterpiece won a gold medal at the Paris International Expositions in 1867 and 1889, known as the ‘Monro Lisa’ in the watch, in recognition of its exquisiteness and beauty. It is because this watch is so perfect that it is unmatched, so it was announced at the Paris International Exposition in 1901 that the Sanjinqiao Tourbillon could no longer be exhibited. In addition to Girard-Perregaux making these horrific timepieces, in 1880, the German Emperor Wilhelm I also invited Zillerd to make a batch of pocket watches for his 2,000 admirals. At the time, Zillerd wanted to make pocket watches into wrists. table. Although this idea was considered too prevalent in the 19th century when pocket watches prevailed, leading to the final shelving of plans, we can still see the jealousy, foresight, and infinity of Zillerd from the popularity and popularity of watches Creative.
Girard Perregaux became more and more widely known during 1890, so it began to set up sales outlets in South America, the United States, and Japan. In 1928, Otto Graef, a German watchmaker and owner of MIMO, an international gold watch manufacturer, fully acquired Girard Perregaux’s investment shares. In 1932, Girard Perregaux became famous after setting up a branch in the United States. In line with the company’s international image, the construction of Girard Perregaux’s office building also began in 1948 at 1 Girard Square in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Since the 1950s, Girard Perregaux has entered the Asian market and has since become a truly international brand. Not only that, Girard Perregaux also set a number of significant innovation records in the twentieth century. For example, in the 1960s, Girard Perregaux introduced the first high-frequency movements (36,000 vibrations per hour). After that, Girard Perregaux was one of the first brands to start producing quartz watches, and its watchmaker’s 32,768 vibrations per second has since become a global standard.
Dr. Marco Luso and Montezemolo
In 1992, Italian entrepreneur Dr. Luigi Macaluso acquired the Girard-Perregaux watch factory. As a former professional rally car driver, Dr. Mark Luso’s courage to take on challenges and adventurous personality has brought a lot of new ideas to the brand, and also introduced many unforgettable classic models. In 1998, Girard Perregaux was formally established in Japan. In 2003, the brand officially entered mainland China. Today, Girard Perregaux has nearly 600 points of sale in 56 countries.
Girard Perregaux Museum
In 1918, a businessman from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Charles Nuding, built Villa Marguerite near Girard-Perregaux. This elegant and elegant villa is similar to Girard-Perregaux. The brand image of the watch complements each other. In 2000, Girard Perregaux converted this beautiful villa into a brand’s museum, which houses a large number of rare and rare Girard Perregaux watches, ranging from antique watches to modern classics. Through different periods in the museum Timepieces, can deeply understand and experience the long history and culture of the Swiss watchmaking industry. Watch lovers around the world can visit the Girard-Perregaux timepiece palace by appointment.
Girard Perregaux’s future
2011 should be a very important year for Girard Perregaux. This year, Kering Group, the world leader in apparel, became Girard Perregaux’s largest shareholder. And this constant power watch is Girard Perregaux’s first masterpiece after joining Kering Group. We clearly remember that Girard Perregaux has almost never seen a watch with profound memory after Sanjinqiao and the Opera House, but this constant The launch of the power escapement watch once again made us remember Girard Perregaux. This watch not only won the GPHG award of the year, but more importantly, its design concept solved a problem that the mechanical watchmaking industry has never stopped exploring: constant power. .
This watch marks a great change in the chronograph world. It is a timeless construction and escapement design. Its structure uses cutting-edge materials and cutting-edge technology, especially the 14 micron silicon hairspring, its fineness is only one-sixth of human hair. This year is the red gold version of this watch.
If last year’s constant escapement was just a small test, then this year’s high-complexity watch can be said to be offensive. This three-axis tourbillon watch launched by Girard Perregaux this year once again demonstrated its use in the field of tourbillons. In order to assemble this three-axis tourbillon movement, the overall design must be adjusted. Therefore, the sapphire crystal glass has been made into an arched lens. Although the entire three-axis tourbillon structure has a diameter of 13.78 mm, Weighing only 1.24 grams, the frame of the entire mechanism is made of steel, the balance wheel has 16 gold fine-tuning screws, and the swing frequency is 21,600 times per hour.
In addition to the outstanding technology, the grinding is also in place. All parts are manually and carefully polished, especially the mirror polishing and chamfering of the tourbillon parts are extremely in place, and the arrow-shaped golden bridge splint can be seen on the back of the movement, so precious Limited edition of 10 watches.
In addition to the extremely complicated three-axis tourbillon, Girard Perregaux also introduced a new three-bridge tourbillon. This watch can be said to use a new design language to make the three-bridge show a three-dimensional effect. One goal, engineers and designers first started with the three bridge plywood, so that it presents a completely different tailoring and structure. These three bridge plywoods are hollowed out to make them appear lighter, while the tough lines create a perfect and balanced visual effect.
The three bridge plywood is all made of titanium. This material is as hard as stainless steel, but it is 45% lighter than stainless steel. Before black PVD coating, it must be sandblasted. So it not only looks very rich in texture, if you look from the top, you can also see that the sides of the three bridge plywood and the hollow hands are slightly oval.
to sum up
Throughout Girard Perregaux’s history, we can see that Girard Perregaux has been working tirelessly to produce the best and most special wristwatches in the world. The Sanjinqiao Tourbillon is the best proof, especially when joining Kering Since then, Que Que’s masterpieces have continued to emerge, and we have reasons to believe that Girard Perregaux will contribute more watch masterpieces to the world!