Two centuries of craftsmanship and commitment to perfection
With a rich history of more than two centuries of Swiss elite Haute Horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux timepieces and collections are the fruit of a subtle alliance between tradition and cutting-edge technology. The aim for excellence, while respecting the history, encourages innovation and promotes expertise and authenticity, resulting in unique creations.
Some of the 19th century watch designs are still manufactured today. The legendary original Esmeralda tourbillon with three gold bridges was awarded the gold medal at the 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris. The unique idea lives on and is now an integral part of the Bridges collection.
Located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of Swiss watchmaking, Girard-Perregaux is firmly committed to anchoring its vision of traditional horlogerie in the future and continues to refine its watchmaking with a range of instruments that look beyond the present while remaining attuned to the proud company history which began back in 1791.
Neo Bridges embodies the DNA of Girard-Perregaux like no other: the movement is not only technical but an integral part of the design. It reflects the ongoing quest for perfection and expertise which place these watches in the vanguard of horological innovation, as confirmed by the 90 patents currently held by the Maison.
The mid 1970s saw the need for a watch that was sporty, yet elegant enough for every occasion. Girard-Perregaux entrusted a Milan-based architect, who conjured the octagonal bezel nestled inside a circle. The successful blend of assertiveness and modern lines has elevated the Laureato to the level of iconic classic with an entire range mirroring the original inspiration.
Launched in 2004, the Cat’s Eye collection presents a range of master timepieces beautifully tying in exquisite Haute Joaillerie expertise. Constant refinement, an unerring eye for detail and subtle perfection of curves and silhouettes culminate in a range of superbly feminine designs which tie in the technological perfection of a Girard-Perregaux.
Girard-Perregaux presented the first high-frequency watch movement in 1966. The exceptional precision-timing performance set new standards. It paved the ground for the current collection of self-winding calibres, which, with their refined cases reminiscent of the first pocket watches, are a gentle nod to the past.