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Girard-Perregaux traces its origins to the founding of Jean François Bautte's eponymous company, which began signing "Bautte" on its watches in 1791. In 1906, the well established Girard-Perregaux & Cie acquired and incorporated Bautte. The name "Girard-Perregaux" originated in 1856 when Constantin Girard married Marie Perregaux. Soon after, the company made a name for itself when it unveiled at the Paris Universal Exhibition the Tourbillon Sous Trois Ponts d'Or, or Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. In the twentieth century, Girard-Perregaux fell under the ownership of Manufacture Internationale de Montres Or and later Desco von Schulthess. In the quartz crisis of the 1970s and '80s, the company produced quartz and mechanical watches. Released in 1975, the Laureato was one of the first octagonal sports watches. In 1992, Italian entrepreneur Luigi Macaluso took over the business. Girard-Perregaux is also a part of the Sowind Group. Today, the brand enjoys the status as one of Switzerland's elite watchmaking companies due to its in-house manufacturing and movement development capabilities.
Product Line Overview
The Laureato Collection hosts elegant sports watches with integrated bracelets or straps. First debuted in 1975, the Laureato is defined by an octagonal case and refined, Clous de Paris dial pattern. The model is also available in several unique materials, including ceramic and a blend of titanium and carbon. The even sportier Sea Hawk Collection hosts Girard-Perregaux's dive watches. Timepieces within the collection are often water resistant to 1000 meters, feature unidirectional rotating bezels, and are sized from 40 to 45 millimeters in case diameter.
The brand's dedication to the marriage of form and function is manifested in its collaborations with Ferrari. The limited edition Enzo Ferrari Triple Bridge Tourbillon features a tourbillon with three gold bridges, perpetual calendar, and a tachymeter. Other watches which stemmed from this collaboration include the Ferrari Chronograph and Ferrari Type 375 MM.
The Vintage 1945 Collection is instantly distinguished by its Art Deco inspired, curved, rectangular case. The 1945's vintage look is further enhanced by classic dials often featuring Breguet numerals. The 1945 is available in big-date, moon phases, chronograph, and GMT movement configurations. Similarly inspired by the Art Deco period, the Richeville Collection is defined by a bold, tonneau case shape. The collection includes unisex variations in a number of metals and complications.
The 1966 Collection offers another timelessly elegant dress watch. The collection features the traditional, formal elements of a thin case, leaf hands, simple indexes, and clean dials in addition to modern sizes and functionality. The 1966 is available with movement variations ranging from time and date only to perpetual calendar complications.
Girard-Perregaux also produces several more eccentric collections. Since its introduction in 2004, the Cat's Eye Collection has hosted distinctive oval-shaped watches designed for women. The pieces are often set with diamonds and feature precious stones like aventurine. The Bridges Collection utilizes the brand's iconic 1860s design of the Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges. The collection today takes the original concept and applies it to several contemporary designs.
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