While blue watch designs might be a trend for many Girard-Perregaux has released two new models based on its history association with the tone.
Editions of the 1966 and Vintage 1945 collections pay tribute to what the Swiss watchmaker calls ‘the traditional blue colour of the brand’.
Girard-Perregaux’s founder Jean-François Bautte introduced a series of watches using blue features in the later stages of the 19th century, in a move that was seen as revolutionary at the time.
The elegant 38mm 1966 uses a deep blue, sunburst effect on a slightly domed dial to encourage reflections as the watch catches the light from different angles. Inside the pink gold case a 28,800 vph automatic, manufacture movement drives the date indication as well as hour, minute and centre seconds hands. The dial is matched to a deep blue alligator strap.
Girard-Perregaux’s rectangular Art Deco Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second also gets a blue update, a first for this collection.
Here the blue dial, also domed, features a vertical brushed finish with contrasting satin finish on the small seconds dial at the six o’clock. A railtrack minute ‘ring’ frames the rectangular face that uses polished Breguet appliqué numerals and curved dauphine hour and minute hands to make a powerful visual statement. While corner gadroons serve to isolate the shape of the case from the lugs.
The 36.20mm x 35.25mm steel case houses an automatic in-house movement and is available with both a blue alligator strap and steel bracelet.