By the age of 19, French prodigy Jean-François Bautte had mastered the art of guilloché application, case assembly and goldsmithing. In 1791, he combined this expert training to craft the exquisite timepieces that would make the brand renowned worldwide. His Geneva workshop soon was the center of horological perfection, attracting prestigious visitors such as industrialist Jeanne Soma and the future Queen Victoria. By 1850, Bautte’s descendent Constantin Girard had married Marie Perregaux; the combination of their surnames would form the new name of the already venerable brand.
The visionary Constantin Girard went on to develop several innovative timepieces for the German navy. By 1880, the brand’s popularity crossed the Atlantic, and the American flagship store was opened in New York. The first half of the twentieth century saw the creation of several sophisticated new models including water-resistant pieces and Art Deco-inspired designs. Today, Girard-Perregaux is synonymous with timeless elegance and Swiss precision.
Five Unique Watch Designs
- The Vintage 1945: This Art Deco style features a rose gold case with a white enameled dial. Stylized Arabic numerals in jet complete the retro look of this androgynous watch.
- The Cat’s Eye: This sophisticated and feminine design is set with 68 brilliant-cut round diamonds around a white gold case. A pink satin leather strap perfects the womanly piece.
- The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon: This piece of haute horology features a classic white dial set against a round golden case, with a cutout showcasing the intricate design.
- The Cat’s Eye Haute Joaillerie: This dazzling watch is the height of extravagance. It is covered with no less than 539 diamonds, which are fixed on a backdrop of pure white gold.
- The Sea Hawk: This naval-inspired titanium model combines military efficiency with civilian style. It features a black enamel dial set against a brushed titanium dial.
Five Innovations from Girard-Perregaux
- 1837: The company wins recognition at several international exhibitions for their remarkable work in the field of chronography.
- 1889: The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon wins a gold medal at the prestigious Exposition Paris Universal Exhibition.
- 1940: Girard-Perregaux designs an innovative water-resistant wristwatch, the iconic Sea Hawk.
- 1967: 70% of Neuchatel Observatory’s chronometer certificates were awarded to Girard-Perregaux High Frequency Chronometers.
- 1999: The Girard-Perregaux Museum is opened, exhibiting the illustrious legacy of the brand through antique pieces and historic paperwork.
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