Since the foundation of Girard-Perregaux in 1791, it has been making high-end luxury timepieces. It was created by goldsmith Jean-François Bautte being the first watch manufacturing company at that time, creating each watch by hand, starting from the engineering process of the watch to the assembly and polishing of each watch. In 1852, Constant Girard, the watchmaker, founded the company in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, calling it “Girard & Cie Firm” and then in 1856, he married Marie Perregaux and called the company “Girard-Perregaux”. In 2011, Girard-Perregaux became a part of the Sowind group and became a subsidiary of Kering. A museum for Girard-Perregaux’s history and old models was announced in the Villa Marguerite, in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1999.
- In 1965, Girard-Perregaux created the world’s first mechanical movement at high frequency, the Gyromatic HF, with the balance beating at 36,000 vibrations/hour.
- In 1967, Girard-Perregaux was awarded the Centenary Award from the Astronomical Observatory de Neuchatel for its accomplishments in general and particularly, for the manufacture of Observatory Chronometer wristwatch which used the Gyromatic HF movement.
- In 1970, Girard-Perregaux created its first quartz wristwatch and the year after, it created another quartz wristwatch that can vibrate at 32,768 hertz, which became further the quartz watches’ frequency remaining the universal standard.
- In 2008, Girard-Perregaux could distinguish itself, creating prototypes of a constant-force escapement which was different from any other known escapements then while in 2013, Girard-Perregaux created the first watch housing the constant escapement.
Girard-Perregaux is considered a manufacturer of watch movements as well as bands and cases, being the watchmakers, engineers, polishers, decorators, etc., which allowed them to create luxuriously, high quality, high-end watches symbolizing prestige and craftsmanship.
Celebrities wearing Girard-Perregaux
Hugh Jackman was spotted sporting a Girard-Perregaux. He was previously known to wear a Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945. Also, Harry Connick, the singer, and actor wore a Girard-Perregaux Chronograph watch in his movie, P.S. I Love You, in 2007. Kobe Bryant, the NBA basketball star and Olympic gold medalist was also spotted wearing a Girard-Perregaux, in addition to, Alex Morgan, the USA soccer player, and gold medalist, and Pierce Brosnan, the James Bond star, who wore a Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945, wearing Girard-Perregaux watches in real life as well as his movies.
Most popular Girard-Perregaux models and collections
Among the high-end luxury watches Girard-Perregaux creates, the Tourbillon with three gold bridges is considered Girard-Perregaux’s emblematic model.
Tourbillon with three gold bridges
It was designed by Constant Girard in 1884 and the three bridges were re-designed into arrows, placing them in parallel to each other. It’s not only a symbol of functionality and technicality but also a symbol of design. It was awarded a gold medal at the Universal Exposition of Paris in 1889. It’s now produced in different versions with different watch complications.
Mother of Pearl Unisex Watch
It’s made of stainless steel with a durable sapphire crystal glass that’s scratch resistant. It also contains two bezels, one fixed bezel with small diamond crystals and a rotating inner bezel, featuring silver-toned hands with Arabic or diamond hour markers. This model also provides a world-time scale on the outer rim and a second-time-zone, for traveling purposes. It’s unisex, suitable for both men and women, and also, it’s waterproof (up to 50 meters).
Constant Escapement L.M. Men’s Watch
It’s made of polished titanium with black dial and black hands, protected by a scratch-free sapphire crystal glass for more durability. It has a power reserve of 144 hours, ideal for survivalists. it’s hand-wound, giving you this vintage feel. It’s also waterproof (up to 30 meters).
Girard-Perregaux price range
You can buy a Girard-Perregaux starting at around $2,000.
If you are ready to invest more you might have to spend more than $20,000 for your Girard-Perregaux.