All the watches I really enjoyed at SIHH 2019 got next to no attention in their presentations. At Girard Perregaux, I was forced to wade through their innovative but unfortunate looking Cosmos and their new Laureto Absolute which was almost there aesthetically but hindered by a gaudy strap that reminded me of a pair of Dolce & Gabbana wrap around sunglasses circa 2006. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the 1966 ‘Earth to Sky Edition’, a contemporary and innovative revelation of a brand classic.
A Classic Gets DLC Treated
For the first time, the Girard Perregaux 1966 collection gets an injection of modernity and personality. Channelling the brand’s SIHH 2019 symbolic dialogue with the universe, the 1966 ‘Earth to Sky Edition’ glides towards an astronomical dimension with it’s 40mm black DLC treated case and rubber-patterned alligator leather strap which was the most comfortable I attached to my wrist all week. Careful gradation of blue shades mingles with midnight blacks to create a captivating colour palette.
The 1966 ‘Earth to Sky Edition’ utilises the GP03300-0132 calibre which sports no less than five different finishes and a 46-hour power reserve. The plate and bridges are meticulously stretched, bevelled, engraved, circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève. The blued steel screws and gilded engravers are revealed through its sapphire crystal back.
Girard Perregaux has limited the 1966 ‘Earth to Sky Edition’ to just 149 pieces, representing the 149 kilometres from the Earth’s surface to the last layer of the atmosphere. A rare and contemporary addition to one of the most distinguished names in watchmaking.
Price: $11,900 AUD.
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