girard perregaux 1966 wwtc closeup



Girard-Perregaux’s classic 1966 collection has a new complex feature intended for travellers: world time, with 24 countries together on just one watch dial.

The world as a playground and watchmaking as a form of expression: you could make this hastily-written phrase the unofficial motto of Girard-Perregaux’s new watch. Indeed, the 1966 collection, which pays homage to the Chaux-de-Fonds factory’s past, in the Neuchâtel canton, has embarked upon a complex feature that has been specially developed for hardened travellers or people who work in different time zones. The world’s times are at the heart of this new 1966 model, available in rose gold or steel.

girard perregaux 1966 wwtc closeup

In the centre of the opalescent dial with its delicately brushed finish lie two leaf-shaped hands that mark the hours and minutes, sweeping rhythmically round the hour rim. On this rim, gold or silver-coloured markers and fine black lines are used in harmony with each other. The seconds are displayed off-centre at the 6 o’clock position in a sunken counter with a blue leaf-shaped hand.

A first two-tone ring on the dial displays the scale of 24 hours as well as the day/night indication. Over it lies a second, larger, circle on which the names of 24 capital cities and major towns of the world are marked in upper case letters. Thanks to this complex feature, the fortunate owner of the 1988 can instantly and simultaneously know the time in any of the 24 countries. The world times can be selected using two crowns placed on the body of the case at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions. These can be turned both ways, to position the town concerned at the 12 o’clock position and to adjust the hours and minutes respectively.

All the displays are powered by the GP03300 self-winding calibre, to which Girard-Perregaux has added a special module developed in their workshops. Housed in a 40mm-diameter case, this movement, which provides a 46-hour power reserve, is visible through the sapphire crystal back.

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By Sharmila Bertin