The La Chaux-de-Fonds Manufacture opts for a minimalist style to present a new material for its renowned 1966 collection: Steel.
The new star of the collection flirts with the fine line between genres – male/female, classic/contemporary – while preserving the iconic aesthetic and the in-house Manufacture movement of the 1966 collection. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 40 mm Steel has secured its reputation as a must-have timepiece.
As with a haute couture piece designed with precision and expertise, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel bears all the hallmarks of beautiful, traditional watchmaking. Like a tuxedo, its lines are geometric; cut for its slim case with sophisticated finishes, visible on all components. The clean design of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 40 mm Steel extends to the silvered opaline dial, which features beveled indexes. Like the buttons on the shirt’s cuff, the indexes lend the timepiece a distinguished classicism.
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 1/2’’’)
Height: 3.20 mm
Frequency: 28,800 vph – (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours Jewels: 27
Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds, date at 3 o’clock
Material: Black alligator with stitching
Under the gently domed sapphire crystal, the “leaf” type hands unique to the 1966 collection mark the hours and minutes as they trace the curves of the case. The large second hand, which is particularly streamlined and the only one of its kind, as well as all of the time indication elements, are silver in colour to create a piece which is an ode to steel. Just like a buttonhole, the date at 3 o’clock adds the perfect finishing touch to the composition.
As with a tailor-made suit, its perfection resides in the precise balance of its aesthetic proportions.