Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Keeping it fresh - GP's new intepretation of the WW.TC Chronograph

You have to love the classics - there is a reason why they've stood the test of time and continue to be reference points.  Particularly for watch brands.
Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux

Girard-Perregaux is no exception to this, and the WW.TC Chronograph holds an honored and distinguished place in their product family.  But a little change can be good - and in this instance it is GREAT!  CONTRAST!!!

I suppose you could refer to this as a "TUXEDO" or "PANDA".  The WW.TC is a dial with a lot going on, and the use of contrast really helps make it a highly useable watch - and a bit more forgiving to "less-than-perfect" eyes like mine!

Courtesy of Girard Perregaux
And as always, here are the details straight from GP:

There is no doubt, time is complex. And so is the iconic Girard Perregaux chronograph. The world time function provides a simultaneous display of all time zones on its dial, as well as date and small second, a chronograph function and a day/night indicator.  In order to achieve even clearer legibility, Girard-Perregaux has improved the dial details and accentuated the color contrasts. Legibility benefits from a thoughtfully laid out dial, with the temporal information well-arranged and organized.

The result is a supremely practical watch with a more sporty style, while still retaining the elegance and sophistication that haracterize the collection. The silver-finish multi-level dial excels itself in its coloring contrasting black and white, while red focuses the eye on the key elements. The indices, figures and hours and minutes hands are enhanced with a luminescent material. The day/night indicator is instantly identifiable, as are the chronograph counters which are finished in black.

The steel case, 43 mm in diameter and water resistant to 30 metres, houses a Manufacture GP033C0 movement which combines a chronograph and a world time indicator. Its exclusive system is based on a coupling mechanism featuring a ring that indicates 24 time zones for 24 named cities. This 13’’’ automatic winder caliber has a 46 hour power reserve. The workmanship, visible through the sapphire crystal case back, is hand finished in the purest traditions of watch-making: the plate features circular graining, the bridges and oscillating weight host the Côtes de Genève embellishment, and the steel screws are blued.

Technical specifications

Steel case

Diameter: 43 mm

Thickness: 13,40 mm

Domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Water resistant to 30 m

Girard-Perregaux GP33C0 movement

Self-winding mechanism

Caliber: 13’’’

Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)

Power reserve: min 46 hrs

Jewels: 63

Functions: hours, minutes, world time with day/night indicator,

chronograph, date seconds

Alligator skin strap with folding steel clasp

Reference : 49805-11-153-BA6A

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