Officially presented at the 2012 JCK Show in Las Vegas at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the automatic Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Knight Worldtimer (ref. 49820-32-612-FK6A) will soon be offered to -ahem- general public in a super-limited lot of only 25 numbered timepieces. We are yet to see one in flesh to write a more comprehensive review of this thing but, so far, it looks like the model is based on the Web 2.0-style, super limited edition ww.tc Cabinet de Curiosites Thomas Erber (Ref. 49820-32-788SFK6A) that was first revealed back in October 2011 to much acclaim of reviewers and enthusiasts.
Like the aforementioned Ref. 49820-32-788SFK6A, the new limited edition model, too, sports a lightweight and extremely scratch-resistant ceramic body, only this time the high-tech material sports a lot less jovial (some might even call it ‘intimidating’) matte black finish and features rugged-looking brushed surfaces of its massive case and fixed bezel.
Attached to the wrist using a deceptively simple black rubber strap with a titanium deployant clasp, the case features an internal titanium safety cage that houses the same in-house Caliber GP03387 self-winding movement that we have already seen in previous iterations of the WW.TC family. Still measuring 43 millimeters in diameter and around 14 millimeters in height, the case is, again, massive, even for a sporty chronograph, but not excessively so: if your wrist is not too thin, you will probably have no trouble wearing it thanks to the timekeeper’s solid, but still relatively short lugs that don’t add too much to the gadget’s overall length (from one tip of the lug to another, it measures approximately 50 millimeters: an industry de facto standard for a mid-sized timepiece.)
Made, as usual, solely in-house and based on their Caliber GP033C0 engine, the cal. GP03387 movement provides the watch with lots of functions, those including an easy to operate fly-back chronograph, simple calendar, as well as the traditional military-style 24-hours world time (GMT) display with day/night indication (the respective Arabic numerals are colored white and red for better legibility and also make nice accents, too.)
The time zone can be easily set using the second setting crown, which is (rather inconveniently) placed at 9 hours meaning that you will probably have to take the watch off every time you need to set the second time zone. Well, unless you are a lefty, that is.
We still don’t have photos of the Dark Knight‘s case-back, but the manufacturer informs us that the movement is protected from dust and sweat with a scratch-resistant, tinted sapphire crystal that makes admiring the meticulously decorated caliber even more pleasant.
There is still no official info regarding the timekeeper’s price, but a similarly specced (albeit non-limited) WW.TC Shadow model currently retails for some $24,000, so this limited edition model will surely be even more expensive.
Closer to $30,000, I assume*.
* UPDATE ON PRICE: The official MSRP for this limited edition model is just $21,500 USD, which is not that bad if you take into account the quality of build, the high-grade movement and, of course, potentially high collectability of this item.
Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Knight Limited Edition Worldtimer (ref. 49820-32-612-FK6A) specification
Price: $21,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber GP03387, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 63 jewels
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 46 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date, 24-hour second time zone (GMT)
Case: Ceramic, with a titanium inner cage
Size: 43.00 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with safety folding clasp in titanium
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Sapphire, tinted