Face to Watch: Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon Phases
Girard-Perregaux’s Art Deco masterpiece gets infused with calendar functionality
Since the collection’s launch during its namesake year, little has changed about the Vintage 1945. The unmistakable rectangular profile, slightly curved when viewed from the side (ostensibly to better fit one’s wrist); the pillar-like bezel design; and the symmetrical purity of the dial all draw direct lineage from its predecessor to coalesce in harmonious handsomeness. More importantly, it gives further credence to the adage that one should never try and fix something that isn’t broke.
While that may be the case, a little upgrade is always good to keep our interests piqued. As its name implies, the Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon Phases allows one to ascertain the date, as well as the waxing and waning of the moon. This is thanks to its 282-part automatic movement, which comes decorated with hand-finished details such as circular-graining and Cotes de Geneve.
Other elements that will surprise upon closer inspection include the large date indicator, which features a transparent disc system so that twin-numeral display appears whole; as well as the delicately curved hour hands that match the dial’s arced profile.
For those who like their Vintage 1945s with a touch of complication finesse, but find the chronograph or tourbillon versions too busy for daily wear, this version offers a comfy niche between practicality and showy technicality.
Case: Pink gold or steel
Movement: Girard-Perregaux Automatic 03300-0062
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, large date, moon phase
Power Reserve: 46 hours