The 20th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie opened its doors in Geneva today. This exclusive fair is one of the foremost events in the watch-making industry, and this year a record nineteen manufactures will be showing off their watches for 2010 – one of these being Girard-Perregaux.
Their pride of show goes to a new interpretation of one of their original iconic timepieces – one that is almost 150 years old. In the 1860s Constant Girard-Perregaux designed a tourbillon pocket watch with three nickel bridges. This gold pocket watch was awarded first prize by the Neuchâtel Observatory, the award set a standard for stylish and exclusive innovation Girard-Perregaux has been maintaining ever since.
The historic architecture of the classic tourbillon has been reworked into a limited and numbered edition of 50 pieces. This new look Tourbillon with three bridges in pink gold, pictured to the left, was unveiled at the Salon in Geneva today.
The tourbillon in a 41 mm diameter round case has hour, minute and second hand functions, with thirty jewels. The automatic movement has a 48 hour power reserve.
Other timepieces unveiled for 2010 include a new Laureato Quartz watch. Only 40 watches of this new exclusive quartz model have been produced to mark 40 years since Girard-Perregaux first produced a quartz watch, and 35 years since the first of the Laureato quartz watches.