Thursday, October 9, 2014

Enamel 1966 from Girard-Perregaux

Three new enamel dial 1966 models were announced yesterday.  Each piece measures 40 mm in diameter and the case is crafted of pink gold.  The dials are enamel, with diamond indices.

Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
'The Map', 'The World' and 'Pur Sang' are the three newest members of the 1966 stable.  Each of the three versions is limited to 50 pieces.

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Working with enamel is not easy.  In fact I have been told that it is a monumental pain in the ass to work with - not unlike certain bloggers ; )
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I remember art class in middle school, making a "trivet".  I was all bent out of shape because it required two trips to the kiln to fire.  I was convinced it would be one of the "victims" of a pottery explosion.  Luckily it survived intact.

Okay, well take that anxiety and multiply it by several hundred.  In making the dial, the "base" portion of it is covered in white enamel, and then one by one, the different colors are applied - with the use of a microscope to ensure precision.  After each application, the dial goes "back in to oven".  After numerous trips to the kiln, the entire dial is covered with a final layer of transparent enamel.

The results speak for themselves.  There is, of course much more detail to the process, but you get the basic idea.

The movement is GP's GP03300-0060 self-winding movement.  For those unfamiliar, here are the movement specs straight from the source:

Girard-Perregaux movement GP03300-0060
Mechanical, self-winding movement

Diameter: 25.60 mm (11½''')
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h - (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 26
Functions: hour, minute

The watch is paired with a black alligator strap with a pink gold buckle.

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