Next week, on March 22, 2011, the famous auction house Christie’s is going to conduct its annual Green Auction, a three-week long event with proceedings set to benefit four of the world’s largest environmental NGOs – Oceana, Conservation International, Central Park Conservancy, and Natural Resources Defense Council. The Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux donates for the noble cause its special edition Girard-Perregaux ww.tc World Wide Time Control Chronograph for Green Auction unique automatic watch.
The brand’s unique version of their famous world-timer chronograph, which is limited to only one piece, differs from the normal ww.tc with the color scheme of its dial (it is done in white with the night time zone on its 24-hour scale painted green, not black) and a set of new hands: while those on the original model were baton-shaped, these one are leaf-shaped. Frankly, I have a feeling that the move with the hands was not particularly successful in terms of overall styling, but at least the watch looks different from the rest of the pack and, something tells me, will only gain in resale value in the future.
Of course, the hour and minute hands are not the only indicators that were changed, the central chronograph hand is now arrow-tipped and has a counter-weight on its rear part that reinforces the eclectic charm of the watch.
Its transparent case back is covered with a sapphire crystal and sports a “green auction” inscription that seems to be either hand-engraved or probably etched.
The rest is pretty much the same. The watch still comes in the same stainless steel case 43 millimeters in diameter and less than 13.5 millimeters thick and the mechanism that animates it is still the same in-house Caliber GP033C0: a modified version of their tractor movement with a “world-timer” add-on module that increases the total jewel count to 63 synthetic rubies.
If you are interested in the piece, you can bid for the watch here. At the time when these words were written, current bet was at $9500.00.
See also: Andersen Rodinia World Time GMT
Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Chronograph for Green Auction automatic watch specification
Price: To be set at auction
Movement: Automatic, Caliber GP033C0, 63 jewels, 28,800 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Circular graining on the main plate, Cotes de Geneve on the bridges and winding rotor, blued steel screws
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date, second time zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 13.40 mm
Dial: White and green
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black authentic leather
Case back: Sapphire, engraved