This is the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon with Three Bridges - beautiful isn't it? It is a superb combination of titanium, platinum and lucent sapphire - reassuringly exclusive, only ten will be made.
The first piece in the collection, the "Tourbillon Sous Trois Ponts d'Or", designed by Constant Girard-Perregaux was awarded a gold medal at the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition - a deserving accolade. This was a dramatic timepiece which literally turned the movement inside-out so the wearer, or on-looker could view the barrel, the gear train and the tourbillon at a glance, face-on. Each of the mechanisms were beautifully aligned on the same axis on, now instantly recognisable arrow-headed bridges. It's been a feather in Girard-Perregaux's horological cap ever since and few watch buffs would fail to spot one across a room.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon blends the old with the new. A subtle satin-brushed and polished octagonal bezel made from platinum adds character to the rounded case. Chunky lume-coated hands rest atop the middle bridge for the mainplate, which is guilloche decorated. At 12 o'clock is the barrel bridge and the tourbillon bridge is at 6 o'clock.
Such a sporty representation will not be to everyone's taste, many aficionados will, no doubt be displeased, but even the most ardent fans cannot ignore the fact that the three "blue spinel" bridges ensure a clarity unattainable with the more conservative gold editions. Inside is the Girard-Perregaux 9600-0004 automatic movement with 48 hours of power reserve.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon with Three Bridges comes presented on a titanium link bracelet.
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