Thursday, November 17, 2005

The "Vintage Serie"
Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon sous un Pont d'Or

Ref. 9985. Made circa 2000. Large, rectangular curved, self-winding, 18K white gold gentleman's wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator under one 18K pink gold bridge and an 18K white gold Girard-Perregaux deployant clasp.
Case: Two-body, solid, polished, stepped bezel, triangular lugs, "bombé” sapphire crystal. Dial: Off-white with applied white gold Roman numerals, at 6 a polished 18K pink gold bridge over the visible one-minute tourbillon regulator with its "A"-shaped carriage and the blued steel second hand. White gold "dauphine " hands. Caliber 9610 C, rhodiumplated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 32 jewels, lateral lever escapement with one-minute tourbillon regulator, tourbillon carriage of the type designed by Ernest Guinand, monometallic balance adjusted to 6 positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 34 x 47 mm. Thickness 13 mm. This model of wristwatch having a visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and a single gold bridge of the famous Girard-Perregaux design is a progression of the iconic “Three-Bridge” movement. Combining the requirements of the modern wristwatch wearer for a clean dial with the haute horology of Girard-Perregaux.

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