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The angular, sculptural cases that characterize the timepieces in the Hawk collection have forged the reputation of this sporty and contemporary line. Respecting these stylistic canons to the tee, the design of the new Chrono Hawk Pink Gold marries the sumptuousness of precious metal with the technical sophistication of black ceramic and rubber. A case that is both luxurious and innovative presents a polychrome face in which the intensity of the dark components heightens the warmth of the gold. In the same spirit it embraces the novel combinations, with the high-tech rubber strapped encased with alligator.
The case is made up of 62 different parts and demands a high degree of skill to produce. With a frame fashioned from satin-finished pink gold and measuring 44 mm in diameter, it serves as the basic structure that incorporates the other parts, starting with those made of ceramic and rubber. The ceramic is extremely resistant to wear and tear with a Vickers hardness of 1,400. It is composed of micrograins with a diameter of 0.2 microns, compressed at very high pressure. Because it is scratch-proof, ceramic is used for the bezel, in particular, but also the chronograph push piece parts, including the push piece protectors and the crown.
The dial of the Chrono Hawk Pink Gold displays a motif inspired by the shape of the famous Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Bridges. It is encircled by a three-dimensional flange graduated with the minutes scale and showcases the indexes striped with bands of luminescent material to enable night reading. The hands are also visible in the dark. The small seconds are viewed on a subdial at 3 o'clock, while the chronograph functions are displayed via a central direct-drive seconds hand and a subdial at 9 o'clock for the minutes. An aperture at 6 o'clock shows the date.
The Chrono Hawk Pink Gold houses a GP03300 self-winding Manufacture movement with 431 components. Its arrow-shaped oscillating weight and the decorative finishes on the movement can be admired through a sapphire crystal case-back, which is itself engraved and secured with screws. This latest version of the Hawk is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters and has an alligator strap with a folding buckle.
Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Pink Gold
Case: pink gold and ceramic
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 100 meters (10 ATM)
Girard-Perregaux movement GP03300-0076
Mechanical, self-winding movement
Diameter: 29.30 mm (13’’’)
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h - (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, small second, chronograph, date
Technological rubber base coated with black alligator