Girard Perregaux Bridges Quasar

With 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing, when the eyes of the Earth stretched upwards into space , the reflected light of the Moon and the universe beyond, its only right to remember that during that same period, five decades ago, the Swiss watch manufacturer Girard Perregaux was also captivated by a love of the light of the earth, the night sky and the stars of the universe.

As noted in the Encyclopedia Britannica, in 1966, Gerrard-Perregaux watches were awarded the Centenary Prize of the Neuchatel Observatory for the firm’s Gyromatic HF caliber, a new canon in precision watchmaking, with some 662 chronometry certificates awarded to Girard-Perregaux watches the following year alone. The Girard-Perregaux fascination with not only time but the Earth within the universe and space was not born in the 1960s. Girard-Perregaux Watches Switzerland hand in fact, more than a century ago, previously established a canon of accuracy in precision timekeeping with a watch named brilliant for its exceptional quality and timekeeping, the Girard-Perregaux Observatory Chronometer Tourbillon Pocket Watch from 1889, named brilliant itself with a first-class observatory “bulletin” rating for its incredible tourbillon movement, but perhaps today remembered more because that tourbillon movement was also a tourbillon three bridges movement, a design motif that was to became a huge motif for Girard Perregaux and one that has been regularly revisited by the brand.

It’s no surprise that this love of light, the Earth, the black hole, astronomical entities, space, time and the universe continues to play a part in many of the watches from Girard Perregaux today and models such as the 1966 Earth To Sky Edition, some with an Earth – sky theme complication or named after brilliant astronomical entities, including the hours. Those very same obsessions, the love of light, the Earth, the black hole, astronomical entities, space, time and the universe, and the Girard-Perregaux mastery of all the elements in the canon of the precision, high complication movement, once again are finding their expression today with tourbillon Three Bridges caliber equipped watches with not just one model named brilliant astronomical timepiece by aficionados but many. In recent years Girard-Perregaux has released astronomical theme complication model after model, with the tourbillon in a contemporary spirit, as with the Girard-Perregaux Watches Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon, and now, a watch with a name celebrating one of the most incredible of astronomical entities, Quasar.

If then, Girard Perregaux is to produce watches to be named after a brilliant astronomical entities today, expressing the Swiss brand’s long-held love of light, the Earth, the black hole, astronomical entities, space, time and the universe, including a tourbillon in contemporary spirit or ‘neo tourbillon’ Three bridges movement, what would it look like? It would look like the 2019 Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar from Girard-Perregaux Watches Switzerland.

The Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar Watch from Girard Perregaux Watches Switzerland, launched at the Second Edition of Miami Watches & Wonders in Miami in the US, provides its owner with a very special way of telling the hours and time of the day. For Watches & Wonders, Girard-Perregaux unveiled a stunning men’s timepiece, a high complication model named the Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar, offering a skeleton Girard-Perregaux ‘Three Bridges’ movement housed in a stunning, entirely sapphire crystal case. This then, is a watch which combines the Girard-Perregaux love of the complication, and the tourbillon complication in particular, with the Swiss brand’s love of the skeleton movement, their enduring love for the Maison’s symbolic ‘Three Bridges’ caliber and movement design, first produced more than one hundred and twenty years ago. This is Girard-Perregaux once again, with a collection of watches named after brilliant astronomical entities, this time the Quasar, redefining the canon of Haute Horlogerie watchmaking for this watch year. The Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar, as an astronomical theme complication watch, is the very first Girard-Perregaux timepiece to be produced with a case made entirely from sapphire crystal, a three bridges sapphire crystal special, with the added beauty of a Neo Tourbillon in contemporary spirit and truly space-age styling, the high complication movement appearing to be suspended in space and indeed the universe, such as the ability of the sapphire crystal to be penetrated by light. The canon, rewritten once again.

The Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar is in fact, a light obsessed development of the Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges watch model from a few years ago, but here the caliber GP9400-1035 three bridges are in a sapphire crystal display case, and not only that, but completely, and effectively, skeletonized, with the removal of the movement’s main plate. Girard has suggested that producing the Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar’s case in entirely sapphire crystal demands more than 200 hours of painstaking work, and just one look at the case’s sides, angular lugs and case back design is enough to demonstrate that this is completely credible.

What the entirely sapphire crystal case achieves is to make the skeleton caliber movement visible from any angle, with hours and time displayed by broad lumen coated hands on a skeleton dial side face, the three bridges sapphire enclosed to the case back, the black PVD coated (rather than gold) three bridges and movement elements themselves contrasting brilliantly with the case clarity, matched only by the black alligator leather strap and titanium triple folding clasp, these are perhaps the only elements of the watch that act as a reminder you are not witnessing a quasar from long ago itself. Girard-Perregaux Watches Switzerland may have other models named after brilliant astronomical entities or based on an Earth sky theme complication, such as the 1966 Earth to Sky and Small Seconds Edition watches, but the simple minutes – hours functions of the Girard-Perregaux Quasar, married with the emotional references of the brand’s love of light, the Earth, the black hole, astronomical entities, space, time and the universe, as expressed through the crystal clear entirely sapphire crystal case, housing what is arguably a new canon in black PVD coated Three bridges caliber design, when combined with total sapphire crystal clarity, really is a watch on a new (astral) plane.

While it’s perfectly possible to view photos and pictures of the Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar from Girard-Perregaux Watches Switzerland on their website (after the now obligatory privacy policy warning), there is no substitute for actually holding the Girard-Perregaux Quasar in your hand, whether that be in a boutique in Paris, Miami or elsewhere, to have a real sense of what a tourbillon in contemporary spirit, and a high complication named after one of the universe’s brilliant astronomical entities really looks and feels like – and perhaps only then is it possible to realize just how the brand has set about making their love of not only the ‘three bridges’ movement, tourbillon complication, and skeleton concepts, but their love of light, the Earth, the black hole, astronomical entities, space, time and the universe that began more than a century ago, made perfectly clear, in all senses of the word.

Reference: 99295-43-000-BA6A
Material: sapphire glass
Diameter: 46 mm
Height: 15.25 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Dial: no dial
Hands: skeletonized, white gold, ‘Dauphine’ type, with luminescent material
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Reference: GP09400-1035
Winding: Automatic
Functions: Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon
Power reserve: min. 60 hours
Number of components: 260, of which 27 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Diameter: 36.00 mm (16’’’)
Thickness: 9.54 mm
Tourbillon carriage composed of 80 components weighing only 0.250 grams
Material: hand-sewn black alligator leather
Buckle: titanium triple folding clasp

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