Girard-Perregaux’s first watch made in partnership with Aston Martin is a strikingly masculine all-black skeletonised piece with the watchmaker’s signature three bridges and a tourbillon.
The partnership between Kering-owned Girard-Perregaux and luxury car marque Aston Martin was first revealed in February.
Only 18 of the Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition are being made.
They go on sale this week in all authorized Girard-Perregaux retailers for £112,680.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin executive vice president and chief creative officer, says his team grappled with the challenge of helping Girard-Perregaux capture the essence of the luxury carmaker in a watch measuring just 44mm across.
“The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece was that of scale, as one can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller measure than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, so whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty,” he describes.
Aston Martin may be James Bond’s favorite car maker, but this Girard-Perregaux limited edition is more suited to an evil villain.
Its titanium case and skeletonised movement come with a black DLC treatment with the three bridges, tourbillon, barrel and gears seeming to float between crystal on the front and underside of the watch.
It looks like it must be a hand-wound watch until you flip it over to see a white gold micro-rotor hidden directly under the main spring barrel at 12 o’clock.
The lighter rotor is made possible thanks to the efficiency and lightness of the 10mm tourbillon.
Motoring enthusiasts will have to judge whether the watch captures the essence of Aston Martin as there are no obvious visual cues on the dial.
The only reference is on the underside where the car maker’s name is engraved on a vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment that glows blue in the dark.
Hours and minutes hands have the same lume.
“We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on Haute Horlogerie. Rarely do we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, however, on this occasion, we have made an exception, mindful of Aston Martin’s prowess for design,” says Girard-Perregaux CEO Patrick Pruniaux.