Girard-Perregaux, one of the oldest Swiss-based watchmaking brands (and also one of the few that are still capable of making their own movements) will soon start selling the new member of the 1966 family: the gorgeous Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar automatic wristwatch (refs. 49535-53-152-53A & 49535-53-651-BK6A), which is now presented in an 18-carat white gold case. But don’t worry, although the new case looks more discreet, it is still more expensive than the version in palladium that was released back in 2010.
Featuring the same exterior as the last year’s Girard Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar Palladium limited edition model, the new timekeeper is predictably equipped with an in-house Caliber GP033M0-A0 automatic movement that is based on their earlier Caliber GP033M0 (and this one is in its own turn based on a lot more simple Caliber GP03300 tractor movement: an easy to upgrade movement that Girard Perregaux uses in most of their luxury three-handers.)
Although the aforementioned GP033M0 is capable of displaying the equation of time, this particular version comes in a simplified form with the beautiful -albeit not terribly useful- complication stripped from its list of functions. The move not only allowed the Swiss watchmaker to save a penny or two on the mechanism, but also potentially made the watch more reliable simply because there are fewer moving parts that have a chance to wear out during your -hopefully long and prosperous- lifetime.
Built on 27 jewels, the movement offers such functions as a sweep second hand and a calendar with date, day, month and moon phase indicators.
The dial layout is absolutely standard, but, surprisingly, the watch doesn’t look like a carbon copy of another classic model. In fact, it takes just a glance to understand that this is yet another member of GP’s evergreen 1966 collection.
As you can see on the pictures, the watch will be presented in two versions. The one that looks like a more versatile option will feature a deep black dial (ref. 49535-53-651-BK6A) and the one will sport more energetic white-silvered face (ref. 49535-53-152-53A). Both models are of the same diameter of 40 millimeters: a universal size that will probably appeal both to those who usually prefer their dressy timekeepers in a more “classic” size of 38-39 millimeters and those who are usually more into “sportier” gadgets of 42 millimeters and more, but still willing to consider a watch of a more “appropriate” size.
For some reason that I don’t readily understand, the silvered-dial version is equipped with the same white gold leaf-shaped hands. Although dressy and elegant, they metal seems to blend into the silver background making it hard to tell time for people with bad eyesight.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar in White Gold automatic watch specification
Price: €22,000 / $25,000 (ref. 49535-53-651-BK6A on leather strap) / €39,000 / $46,600 (ref. 49535-53-152-53A on 18-carat white gold multi-link bracelet)
Movement: Automatic, caliber PG033M0, 25.94 mm, in-house, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes, Circular stripes on oscillating weight, perlage on mainplate, polished screw-heads
Functions: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds, full calendar with moonphase indicator
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: 18-carat white gold
Bezel material: 18-carat white gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 10.70 mm
Dial: Black or White-silvered
Hands: Leaf-shaped, polished
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-made alligator leather strap with white gold pin buckle / 18-carat white gold multi-link bracelet with deployant clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire