Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges (Ref. 99880-52-001-BA6A)
GP keeps updating its famous (and light years out of reach for an average Joe) Three Gold Bridges family of dress watches. The new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges (Ref. 99880-52-001-BA6A) model, for example, leaves the basic layout of the earlier ref. 99880-52-000-BA6A watch intact, but adds a nicely decorated dial with vertical guilloche and a high-tech anthracite-grey NAC surface treatment.
As usual with this model, the dial of the piece is in fact a mainplate of its GP 9600-0019 automatic movement.
The three rose gold bridges that are also visible through the domed, glare-proofed sapphire crystal hold in place not only the diamond-polished rose gold regatta hands, but also the ultra-lightweight tourbillon module and the spring barrel with a hand-brushed platinum micro-rotor hidden behind it.
Thanks to its micro-rotor layout, the movement is not only fully exposed through the sapphire crystal on the back, but is also quite thin being no more than 3.20 millimeters in height. Despite its impressive thinness, the movement still offers you whole two days (48 hours) of continuous operation after being fully wound.
The power reserve comes at a price, though: the movement’s balance wheel beats at only 21,600 vph that may make it slightly less precise than its competitors working at more conventional 28,800 vph.
Unlike many contemporary tourbillon watches, this model is also very compact measuring just over 36 millimeters in length and 35.25 millimeters in width.
Thanks to its nicely shaped lugs, the watch, however, doesn’t look square sporting aesthetically pleasing 3:4 proportions if measured from horn’s end to horn’s end.
The price of the piece is still unknown, but it will possibly be at least as expensive as the aforementioned ref. 99880-52-000-BA6A that was offered at around $160,000 USD.
That’s why it is offered only as a super-limited edition of just 50 individually numbered pieces.
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges (Ref. 99880-52-001-BA6A) automatic watch specification
Price: TBD (Around $160,000)
Movement: Automatic, caliber GP 9600-0019, 28.60 mm x 30.30 mm x 3.20 mm, 257 components, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 31
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Movement decoration: Hand-brushed platinum rotor; mainplate NAC-treated with vertical guilloche pattern
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds (tourbillon)
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Rectangular
Bezel shape: Square
Case size: 36.10 mm x 35.25 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Anthracite grey
Hour markers: None
Hands: Regatta-shaped, rose gold, diamond-polished
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather alligator strap with folding strap in pink gold
Crystal: Sapphire, domed, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire, antireflective
Tags: 1945, 30 m, 36 mm, 99880-52-001-BA6A, Automatic, dress watch, Girard-Perregaux, GP 9600-0019, micro rotor, Three Gold Bridges, Vintage 1945