Based in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the famous watchmaking house Girard-Perregaux still maintains its own in-house production of high-end movements and beautiful cases. According to the Swiss watchmaker, the brand will soon start selling its new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 “The Le Corbusier Trilogy” family of wristwatches. Paying homage to the world-famous architect and artist Charles-Edouard Jeanneret who, too, was born in the same Swiss town on October 6, 1887 and later became known as Le Corbusier, the new watches feature decor inspired by the famous visionary most iconic works.
I won’t recite you the press release that was lately disseminated by Girard-Perregaux’s press service: you will probably find it on some other site. However, it needs to be stated that the new collection indeed does capture the spirit of Maestro’s works and does this “homage” in a way that is both respectful and daring. Of course, the choice of materials and themes for the timekeepers is not random, since all of them are based on the artifacts designed by Le Corbusier when he was on the peak of his career.
Since Girard-Perregaux is one of those few precious brands that take the words “limited edition” quite seriously, the collection is presented in only three variations, each limited to just five watches, each bearing its individual number.
The most expensive (and also the most eye-catching) among them is, of course, the version in 18-carat rose gold case (ref. 25880-52-103-BB6A). Measuring just over 36 millimeters in length and approximately 35 millimeters in width, the watch is predictably compact and, although we don’t have specific numbers as to its thickness, seems to be quite thin, which will probably make wearing it with formal attire even more comfortable.
The watch features a meticulously crafted, multi-piece mother-of-pearl dial, which is based on one of Le Corbusier’s early works done when he received his training as a sculptor and engraver.
Although looking quite simple, the each dial took exactly seven days to be finished. All things considered, the MSRP of $53,200 seems to be sort of fair for a piece that requires so much skilled labor to be created.
There is also pair of slightly less expensive ($31,900 and $21,300 respectively) timekeepers that were presented in steel cases.
One of them is quite simple featuring an engraved steel dial with a fragment of Le Corbusier’s well-known Modulor concept drawing that the architect produced in 1946 in order to summarize his “universally applicable” measurements of an ideal human body.
Another nice thing about the timekeeper is, of course, the use of a cowhide leather strap: the architect used the same material to make his famous chaise longue, which is still in production and still costs like a nice Swiss watch.
The other, more notable thanks to the use of a concrete (Yes, concrete!) dial, also reproduces a fragment of the same Modulor drawing with the same “golden ratio” scale on the left and a standing male figure on the right side of the display.
Powered by their in-house, GP3300-0078 automatic movement (it is based on their GP3300 work-horse caliber,) the watch brings you only the basic hour and minute display and is good for a minimum of 46 hours of continuous operation.
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 “The Le Corbusier Trilogy” automatic watch specification
Price: $53,200 (MSRP, version in rose gold) / $31,900 and $21,300 (MSRP, versions in stainless steel)
Movement: Automatic, caliber GP3300-0078, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 46 hours
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: Rose gold (Ref. 25880-52-103-BB6A) / Steel (Refs. 25880-11-102-HKBA and 25880-11-101-BB6A)
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Rectangular
Bezel shape: Rectangular
Case size: 36.20 mm x 35.25 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Hand-made in Mother-of-pearl, Steel or Concrete
Hour markers: None
Hands: Rose gold or Steel
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather or cowhide leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire