GIRARD-PERREGAUX – MINUTE REPEATER TRI-AXIAL TOURBILLON
TURN UP THE VOLUME
Form follows function? This old adage is once again proved correct with this modern architecture built to combine a minute repeater and a tourbillon.
Girard-Perregaux began an aesthetic shift in 2017 with a Neo Bridges watch featuring a design described as “retro-futurist”. With this model, the brand from the Kering group showed its thirst for change. So, expectations were high at the 2018 edition of the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) to see whether the manufacture would confirm the new direction. The Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon, launched for the occasion, was on hand to reassure us! Even though this skeletoned piece of superior watchmaking features traditional complications, with the tourbillon gravitating around three axes and the minute repeater, overall, the effect is extremely modern. An impressive titanium case measuring 48mm in diameter and 21.30mm in height houses the complex hand-wound movement (60 hours of power reserve). With measurements like these, there is no need to add that the watchmakers’ aim is not to break the world records for thinness, but rather to optimise sound quality.
For this reason, other technical options have been chosen. One of them concerns the position of the hammer and bells. These are usually placed at the back of the movement, but in this model, they are at the front. As a result, sound is no longer absorbed by the wrist. With no dial to muffle them, they can sound out clearly.
The other advantage of the Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon is its regulator. The cage features 140 components and weighs just 1.24 grams. Its first rotation takes 2 minutes, the second 1 minute and the third and last, 30 seconds. This triple rotation means that the balance wheel escapes the effects of gravity, and the calibre provides more timekeeping accuracy as a result.
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By Dan Diaconu