Girard-Perregaux partnered with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Laureate, at a special event in Los Angeles yesterday with author Robert V. Taylor.
The brand sponsored a conversation with the author which welcomed more than 500 guests. The talk was followed by a private reception at which Girard-Perregaux presented Archbishop Tutu with an engraved 1966 collection watch in honour of his philanthropic accomplishments around the world.
Tutu said at the event: “The world we have is a gift to cherish. We should not only protect its elements but also the people who inhabit it.
“We should all strive to live in a place where people not only respect, but also love the differences in one another. I am very thankful for Girard-Perregaux’s support in achieving these goals.”
The classically-styled automatic has a 38mm rose gold case and black alligator strap. Tutu was later photographed with the timepiece on his wrist, and appeared to be especially pleased.
Michele Sofisti, chief executive of Sowind Group, Girard-Perregaux’s owndr, said: “The leadership example that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has laid before us through his efforts with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation is worthy of much recognition.
“It is in our youth that we can find the hope needed to live in a peaceful world. Through the foundation’s activities, Archbishop Tutu instills a feeling of love and unity in each child that will permeate everyone they come in contact with.”