Space Odyssey: Girard-Perregaux's new "Earth To Sky" Watch Editions
At this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie watch fair in January, Girard-Perregaux launched its novelties in an interesting manner, as the brand attempted to organise all of them under a unified theme, which it called “Earth to Sky”. The theme manifested itself most strongly in its impressively technical Cosmos watch, which features three complications: a sky chart indicator, a world time indicator and a tourbillon—but that’s a story for another time, when we can explore the Cosmos’ complications in greater depth.
In addition, the brand also introduced three of its existing watches—the 1966, the Laureato Skeleton and the Neo Bridges—in special “Earth to Sky” editions. All three watches have black cases with dark blue dial elements, supposedly recalling both the darkness of space as well as our blue home planet.
1966 “Earth to Sky” Edition
This timepiece is a riff on Girard-Perregaux’s classic 1966 dress watch. Instead of the usual gold and steel iterations, the 1966 “Earth to Sky” Edition is rendered in black and blue, with a deep blue dial that fades to black at its edges, and a 40mm steel case with a black DLC coating. It is paired with a black rubber-coated alligator leather strap and equipped with the self-winding Calibre GP3300, which is hand-finished to Girard-Perregaux’s usual exacting standards. It is limited to 149 pieces worldwide, representing the 149 million kilometres between the earth and the sun.
Neo Bridges “Earth to Sky” Edition
When it was first created in 2017, the Neo Bridges was lauded as a contemporary take on Girard-Perregaux’s iconic (albeit traditional) Three Bridges Tourbillon watch. Like the icon, the Neo Bridges’ GP08400-0002 movement plays a part in the design of the dial, with its two arrow-shaped bridges taking centre stage next to the barrel powering the movement at 2 o’clock and the micro-rotor at 10 o’clock. The combined elements mean the watch is almost perfectly symmetrical. In the Neo Bridges “Earth to Sky” Edition, most of the dial elements including the bridges are coated in black PVD, except for the hour indices, barrel and micro‑rotor, which are rendered in blue. The 45mm case is in titanium with a black DLC coating.
Laureato Skeleton “Earth to Sky” Edition
First released in 2017, the Laureato Skeleton was a demonstration of Girard-Perregaux’s mastery over its metier—it is after all no mean feat to create a skeleton watch with such movement depth and clarity. All of the corners and surfaces on the GP01800-1041 calibre are hand-polished and finished expertly by the watchmaker’s in‑house craftsmen before its skeletonised mainplate and other select parts are given a blue galvanic treatment, contrasting against the other components in the watch that are left in their natural colour. The movement contrasts even more against the black ceramic case, which has a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces.
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