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.

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