Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges

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Patented in 1884, the three bridges movement is Constant Girard-Perregaux’s greatest contribution to the art of complicated watchmaking. A technical function that ended up being a design feature as well. This year watchmaker introduces a new three bridge watch that continues to exist and evolve 125 years after its introduction. The straight bridge design of the new Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges gets its inspiration from a Tourbillon with three nickel Bridges created by Constant Girard-Perregaux in 1860.

Housed in a 41mm case are three parallel Bridges, their arrow-shaped geometry design doesn’t allow room for any flaws as they would be revealed in the open worked main plate. The finishings on the hand-made bridges are so delicate, they can only be done by handful of experienced craftsmen in the watchmaking world. The “Mirror polish” finish of the bridges offers a fascinating contrast with the matt mainplate when the light slips in and reflects off. The perfect curves of the bridges were achieved by beveling them along their entire length.

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The barrel drum at 12 o’clock is skeleton-crafted to reveal the workings of the artfully done platinum micro-rotor. A work of wonder is the tourbillon system with 72 components that weighs just .03 grams, they are methodically assembled into a microscopic 1cm diameter area. The cage and the gold adjustment screws of the watch are hand-polished and beveled like the escapement.

The  Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges gets it power from the in-house designed and assembled GP09600-0024 self-winding movement with a 48 hour power reserve and 3Hz frequency. Water resistant up to 100 ft, its case back is secured by 6 screws.

Available in pink gold and white gold versions, the watch comes fitted with an alligator strap in black with matching pin buckle in case color.

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Source: World Tempus and Girard-Perregaux