Celebrating the 250th anniversary of John Harrison’s transatlantic voyage where the first (like, ever) marine chronometer was tested, one of the most iconic watchmakers of Switzerland has presented a beautiful automatic Girard-Perregaux ww.tc World Wide Time Control John Harrison (ref. 49870-53-R12-BA6A) that takes the whole ww.tc collection to a new level.
The new Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Pro 1,000M (ref. 49950-11-633-FK6A) automatic diver comes in the same peculiarly shaped case that was first presented nine years ago. Although the ergonomics of the body is still a matter of controversy for purists and snobs, at least one thing is certain: if you are interested in a dressy diving companion but are already tired of all those legions of Submariners and Seamasters of your co-workers, this beautiful semi-professional diving tool may be the answer.
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 (refs. 49535-53-152-53A & 49535-53-651-BK6A), which is now presented in an 18-karat 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.
Girard-Perregaux is proudly expanding its 1945 Collection with the deliberately archaic Vintage 1945 XXL (ref. 25880-52-721-BB6A) model. Offering a combination of a vintage-style exterior and a modern (albeit very simple) mechanism, the watch is a sort of a daily beater for the kind of people who can afford one at a price of a base Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.
Girard-Perregaux will soon add a new version of the 1966 Small Second (ref. 49534-52-711-BK6A) model to its dressy 1966 Collection. Coming in a modestly sized round body, it features that easily recognizable, vintage-style dial layout with italicized, Breguet-style Arabic numerals, blued hands and easy to read railway-type minute and second tracks that make the piece look like those luxurious pocket watches from the 1920s.
Although Girard-Perregaux’s iconic World Wide Time Control collection was first unveiled about ten years ago, the new ww.tc World Wide Time Control Chronograph (ref. 49805-11-650-BA6A) doesn’t look much different from the model that started it all. Coming in basically the same oversized stainless steel case and offering the same dial layout, it differs from its numerous predecessors only with its color scheme (and even that one is just a carefully facelifted job that doesn’t offer anything particularly new in the styling department.) Frankly, I must admit that I actually like this approach: like the iconic Speedmaster or the Navitimer with their easily recognizable styling, some watches just have to evolve as slowly as possible in order not to disappoint the loyal followers of the brand.
The automatic Girard-Perregaux 1966 Collection chronograph (ref. 49539-53-151-BK6A) will see the light at the upcoming 2010 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie event set to open in Geneva, Switzerland on 18 January 2010.