The new Girard-Perregaux Cat`s Eye Small Second (refs. 80484-D52-A761-BK7A & 80484-D53-A661-BK6B) ladies watch will be officially introduced in January, 2011 at the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie SIHH 2011 event. Animated by an expertly decorated in-house self-winding movement, the watch offers you only the basic functionality of a small seconds model plus a nicely executed simple calendar, which is placed at 3 o’clock.
Introduced in 2004, GP’s Cat’s Eye line of ladies watches enjoys considerable popularity among women of all ages. Soon after the collection’s introduction, the Swiss watchmaker even received “The Most Beautiful Women’s Watch of the Year” prize in Tokyo.
Unlike most ladies watches that tend to feature simple quartz or very basic automatic movements, the Cat’s Eye collection is powered by serious manufacture-made calibers and offers a great number of complications. Those include power reserve indicators, retrograde indicators, annual calendars, moon phase displays and even zodiac calendars.
The reason, probably, is that the watch is delivered in a rather compact ellipse-shaped case with its major and minor diameters being only 35.25 mm and 30.25 mm respectively. It is also less than 11 mm in height, which leaves around 6 mm of vertical space for a movement.
This particular model seems to be one of the least sophisticated in the range, however.
Powered by the Caliber GP3300-0044 automatic movement (a close relative of the GP3300-50 movement that animates the fabulous Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second watch,) it comes with a decorated red gold oscillating weight, but features only basic functions, like hours, minutes, small seconds display and a small date indicator.
As you can see on the pictures, the small seconds and date indicators are unevenly spaced along the major axis of the dial with the former located on the left side and the latter on the right side. Although their positioning may look a trifle negligent at the first look, there is clearly some basic geometry behind this.
Look. While the center of the date window is positioned almost exactly in the F2 focus of the ellipse (sorry, didn’t have a ruler with me,) the small seconds display looks like it stays right between the F1 focus and the center of the ellipse. It also clearly stays on the same axis with the two diamonds denoting 7 o’clock and 11 o’clock positions. Very nice!
The watches are delivered in a choice of two cases –one in 18-carat rose gold and the other in white gold– and sport traditional for the line mother of pearl dials, either black or white.
Still no info about the price, but expect the MSRP to be set somewhere near $25,000-$30,000 mark.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
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Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Small Second automatic watch specification
Price: $27,000 (White mother-of-pearl) / $30,000 (Black mother-of-pearl)
Movement: Caliber GP3300-0044, automatic, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hour, minutes, small seconds, date
Power reserve: 44 hours
Case material: Rose gold or White gold
Bezel material: Rose gold or White gold
Case shape: Ellipse
Bezel shape: Ellipse
Case size: 33.25 mm x 30.25 mm
Case height: 10.90 mm
Dial: Black (ref. 80484-D53-A661-BK6B) or White Mother of Pearl (ref. 80484-D52-A761-BK7A)
Numerals: Arabic, gold, applied
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Authentic leather strap with deployment clasp in metal matching that of the case
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire