Saturday, February 21, 2015

Vintage 1966 with a Twist

The twist of a lathe!  This is the latest iteration of Girard-Perregaux's Vintage 1966 collection.  Measuring 38 mm, it is a little bit more of a restrained size that today's tendencies towards 42 - 44 mm.  It is a nice approach as a little bit less can often be more.
Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
The case is pink gold, featuring a sapphire crystal display back. The movement is GP's
GP03300-00030-OM5A which is self-winding and boasts 46 hours of power reserve.

Perhaps the best feature of this latest model, at least in my estimation, is the dial. It is guilloché and truly lends something special to the look and feel.  Classic.

The strap is black alligator, secured with a pink gold buckle.

If I am honest, this is really the first of the Vintage 66s that has truly hit the target for me on all levels.    The size is reasonable, the case and dial are a perfect match, and the date window (which often looks as if it wasn't given much thought at all) is actually beautifully executed with a clear and visible date indication.  

My hope is that this marks a turning point for Girard-Perregaux.  Having visited the factory and met the people behind the watches, I can tell you that it is a very, very special place.  GP is blessed with a wealth of incredibly talented, creative, artistic and intelligent people.  But if I'm honest, the one thing (at least to me) that has been missing is the "Calatrava".  That one singularly classic piece.  The 1966 collection has been a positive step in the right direction, but it still didn't fully connect, at least not for me.  

Granted, I am a hopeless romantic, but it's hard not to be romantic about watches.

Well done Girard-Perregaux.  Cautiously optimistic in Santa Barbara.

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