The Girard-Perregaux Dark Night


This design shouldn't work - but it just, does - the Girard-Perregaux Dark Night limited edition watch.


A Worldtimer is a most useful timepiece, one which is capable of displaying instantly readable time in 24 world locations and Girard-Perregaux combine theirs with a flyback chronograph, a date indication and some very trick styling.  The use of two mobile discs, one for the 24 hours which synchronises with the hour hand, and one for the 24 city locations, adjustable via the crown at 9 o'clock makes for ingenious, fool proof functionality......... but this one is different.  Normally the hour ring has nicely co-ordinating colours ensuring superb day/night contrast.  In other editions the numerals are stand-out, appearing pristine white against a darkened dial for quick and accurate time reading -  even when they are gobbled up by the counters and even when the's dial features only markers, it manages to maintain its readability despite having such a busy dial..... So what happens when almost the whole thing is blackened?




...... Like I've said, it shouldn't work, but it just - does.  This one is white on black with just a hint of red.  No contrasting hour ring, just 24 hours marked in subtle red and white and no stand-out numerals, instead white simply outlines the black profile of each visible number.  Having been through variations and editions aplenty, it would seem that this handsome, almost entirely monochrome version is just about as blacked out as it gets.


The Girard-Perregaux Dark Night features a 43mm black ceramic case with tough, tactile rubber pushers and crown.  Inside is the acclaimed GP03387 self-winding calibre, visible through tinted sapphire on the caseback.  The piece will be a limited edition of just 25 pieces available for purchase only in the U.S.A.



Another blacked-out beauty - the Girard-Perregaux Shadow New York

... and it's antithesis - a white ceramic case ultra-limited edition