Girard-Perregaux

Founded in 1791 and located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest Fine Watchmaking manufacturers still in operation.

Its history is dotted with exceptional creations mingling techniques and aesthetics, as epitomized by the famous Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges.

For more than 200 years, Girard-Perregaux has been perpetuating its rich heritage, the excellence of its expertise and its quest for precision, consistently placing its watches in the forefront of innovation, as confirmed by the 100 patents currently held by the Manufacture.

Dedicated to the creation of exceptional Haute Horlogerie watches and passionately committed to the development of high-precision movements, Girard-Perregaux is one of the rare Swiss watch manufacturers involved in developing and producing its own timepieces, to unite under one roof the entire range of skills encompassing both movements and exterior elements.

When Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux married in 1854, they joined more than two Swiss watchmaking families in La Chaux-de-Fonds. They soon created an Atelier in 1856 at the vanguard of horological innovation that would set bold new standards for watchmakers worldwide in a tradition that continues today. In 1889, the original La Esmeralda Tourbillon was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition.

In 1906, Girard-Perregaux acquired the Maison of Jean-François Bautte of Geneva. The brand trace its roots back to Bautte’s first launch in 1791 with designs that revealed the beauty of time with extraordinarily thin, jewelled cases.

From Queen Victoria of England to the French writer, Alexandre Dumas. From Chinese emperors to Indian maharaja, Bautte’s designs captured the imagination of royals and aristocrats worldwide. With the merger, these prestige clients now turned to Girard-Perregaux for the timepieces of their fantasies.

Girard-Perregaux would go beyond Bautte’s enamel, pearls and gemstones to make the technical elements of watches works of art. The merger set in motion two centuries of Haute Horological excellence, bridging aesthetics and functionality to reveal the value of time. A tradition that continues to this day from Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

In 1975, Girard-Perregaux was one of the first companies to offer a sporty elegant model equipped with an octagonal bezel and an integrated steel bracelet. The design of the Laureato has since become known for its enchanting interplay of straight lines and curves and blend of polished and satin-brushed surfaces.

It embraces the notion of ‘sporty-chic’ while also complementing formal attire. Its extraordinary versatility has led to its iconic status. To celebrate the brand’s bicentenary in 1991, they presented a version of the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, miniaturised to wristwatch size.

In the spirit of reinventing their icons in 2016, they launched the sublime Haute Horlogerie piece La Esmeralda Tourbillon in tribute to the original 19th century pocket chronometer to celebrate their 225th anniversary.

Continuing the tradition of bridging technical mastery and iconic design, it introduced the Free Bridge, pushing the boundaries of design and innovation with ‘aerial bridges’ and a sculptural movement featuring an escapement made of high-tech silicon.

Surrounded by the Jura mountains in Western Switzerland, the Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds is the heart of Girard-Perregaux. A city elevated to UNESCO World Heritage status for its excellence in watchmaking.

Girard-Perregaux is one of the rare watchmakers in Switzerland to retain Manufacture status for over two centuries by mastering all the required horological skills in-house. Manufacture is both a source of pride in heritage and wonder for master watchmakers.

The incredible landscapes, elegant architecture and storied history of the region are a continuous source of inspiration.

Girard-Perregaux – Tourbillon With Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin edition…

Since its founding the brand has audaciously turned the world of watchmaking upside down – literally – to reveal the art in precision engineering. The Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges’transformed Bridges in the 1860s from just a technical element into a visible and integral part of the timepiece, a first in watchmaking.

Presented as a first prototype in 2008 and manufactured as of 2013, the Constant Escapement L.M. is yet another technical revolution from Girard-Perregaux featured in the Bridges collection. It solved a problem of the profession for over five centuries: that of constant force. The watch was awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

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