Girard Perregaux is a high-end Swiss watchmaker that has an illustrious history dating back to 1791. Since 2011 the brand has been owned by Sowind, which itself is a subsidiary of Kering S.A. This international luxury group has an impressive portfolio of brands including like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to name just a few. Interesting GP’s headquarters and Museum are situated in a famous watchmaking location called La Chaux-de-Fonds. I actually visited this city a few years ago and it was like a picture postcard because there was still snow on the mountains.
In 2015 I travelled to the world show in Baselworld and had an appointment lined up with Xavier Markl who at that time was the Marketing Manager of Girard Perregaux. When I arrived for the meeting I was told that Xavier Markl was no longer part of the organisation and his departure is still a mystery. Presently, he is Business Development Director Monochrome-watches and writes many interesting reviews about watches. Anyway despite all the confusion I still got the opportunity to try on many of their exclusive watches, which made the effort worthwhile.
Recently Girard Perregaux unveiled an exciting new model called the Neo Bridges Earth to Sky Edition. This watch is synonymous with the brand and certainly will appeal to watch appreciators. Dimensionally the timepiece has a well-balanced case, which measures 45mm x 12.18mm. These proportions make a bold statement without being too overbearing. Even though I haven’t personally worn the watch I would imagine it sits very comfortably on the wrist. Ultimately this is due to ergonomic design and choice of lightweight titanium used in production. Except for extreme sports, this timepiece would be suitable for both formal and casual occasions.
Visually the Neo Bridges Earth to Sky Edition has a distinctive appearance that is very pleasing to the eye. The multi-layered three-dimensional black sandblasted (PVD treated) dial is a revelation. I love the exposed polished bridges and elements of the refined mechanism. This in house calibre (Ref GP08400-0002) comprises 29-jewels and is composed of 208 individual parts. Other fine details include openwork hands, ornate crown, sapphire crystal lens and raised hour markers. Functionally the watch features hours, minutes and is water-resistant to a depth of 30-metres. As a perfect finishing touch the timepiece is presented on a black alligator strap with matching titanium triple folding buckle.