Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges High Jewelry (Ref. 99193B52H001-BA6A)
Okay, we at WorldWatchReview.com have just received yet another piece of good news from the major Swiss watchmaker. The famous luxury brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds will soon start selling its new take on their gorgeous Three Gold Bridges concept. Their recent Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges (Ref. 99193B52H001-BA6A) high jewelry watch sports a slightly modified version of their famous among connoisseurs GP9600 automatic movement with micro-rotor design. The complicated engine is housed inside a beautifully executed rose gold body, which is decorated with more than seven dozens baguette-cut diamonds totaling almost 12 carats.
Although I am not a great fan of high-jewelry watches (at least when it comes to timekeepers designed for gentlemen), I must admit that this particular job truly looks like a real work of art.
The middle part of the body, lugs and even the fixed bezel of the watch were meticulously routed and then set with the aforementioned 88 baguette-cut diamonds that together weight around 11.7 carats.
Thanks to this approach, the new timekeeper’s case looks like it was crafted from a huge diamond and then decorated with polished rose gold inlays.
I am not sure how heavy this timekeeper is (at 41 millimeters in diameter and around 11 millimeters thick it must be quite massive), but it looks almost as lightweight as Omega’s gorgeous Hour Vision model with its transparent inner-case body.
As usual for the Three Gold Bridges range, this watch, too, lacks a dial in its normal meaning.
The polished surface that the painstakingly crafted bridges are attached to, is in fact a baseplate of the GP9600-0018 automatic movement.
Featuring circular guilloche pattern that mimics that on the mainspring barrel cover at 12 o’clock, the plate serves as a perfect background both to the signature Regatta-shaped hour and minute hands, as well as to the finely crafted tourbillon module that also serves as a small seconds indicator.
Well, to be frank, I can’t find any serious flaw in this model, besides, um, the price.
The MSRP is yet to be announced, but the new 99193B52H001-BA6A will certainly be very, very expensive.
Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges High Jewelry (Ref. 99193B52H001-BA6A) watch specification
Price: TBD, very expensive
Movement: Automatic, GP9600-0018, micro-rotor winding system with platinum oscillating weight, 258 components, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 31
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Movement decoration: Rhodium plated, decorated by hand
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon
Case material: Rose gold, set with 88 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 11.7 carats)
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: 11.10 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Rhodium-plated with three gold bridges, hand-crafted
Hour markers: None
Hands: Rose gold, Regatta-type
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black alligator-skin strap with folding clasp in 5N18 rose gold set with 18 diamonds (approx. 0.20 carat)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire
Tags: 30 m, 41 mm, 99193B52H001-BA6A, Automatic, diamonds, Girard-Perregaux, GP9600-0018, high jewelry, micro rotor, Three Gold Bridges, Tourbillon