The first collaboration between fine watch-maker Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin has been revealed. The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s passion for performance.
The edition is limited to 18 numbered pieces, available worldwide from authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers, and is priced at a reassuringly expensive £93,900.
It’s the first timepiece to be offered after Girard-Perregaux was announced as Official Watch Partner of Aston Martin in February.
Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, said “We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on haute horlogerie. Rarely do we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, however, on this occasion, we have made an exception, mindful of Aston Martin’s prowess for design.”
The edition is limited to 18 numbered pieces, available worldwide from authorised retailers, priced at a reassuringly expensive £93,900…
Self-winding, the watch comes with an alligator strap with rubber effect, but is also supplied with a world- first strap presented in black calf leather and featuring Rubber Alloy, a novel rubber insert injected with white gold.
The 44 millimetre case is formed of Grade 5 titanium, suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), for a stealthy appearance.
A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned front and rear, allowing light to illuminate the case interior, and enhance readability. The movement sits between both panes of sapphire crystal and gives the impression that it’s floating mid-air.
Three bridges, a signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD treatment and polished angles.
The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is lyre-shaped, a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century.
A blued hand fixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage itself measures 10mm in diameter, and is composed of 79 components but collectively weighs only 0.25 grams, which helps mitigate energy consumption. The timepiece is water resistant to 30 metres.
The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, affords partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and grants unobstructed views of the movement. The car company’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor; filled with white luminescent treatment, it appears blue in restricted light. Indexes and hands similarly glow blue in dim light.
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