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Girard-Perregaux 225th Anniversary Watch-Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton

Front of Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton anniversary watch

To celebrate its 225th anniversary,Girard-Perregaux is creating anniversary collections, Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton is one of the most elegant watches. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton will be officially introduced during Baselworld 2016.

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton is based on the smaller version of the 1966, meaning a 38mm case, which is here executed in 18k pink gold. No evolution concerning the design, as we find back the classical round case, entirely polished, with smooth and beveled bezel, short lugs and small crown. Same goes for the hands, which are still using the elegant leaf design. What changes however is the mechanical part. Not only Girard-Perregaux has decided to open the movement, but they chose to open their bigger movement, the calibre GP1800… and that makes a huge visual difference.Side of Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton anniversary watch

The calibre GP-1800 of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton indeed measures 30mm – and housed in a 38mm case, it finally looks well proportioned. This movement features a self-winding capacity, boasts a comfortable 54-hour power reserve and ticks at 28,800vph. As you can see, the regulating organ has also evolved, as now featuring a “Microvar” variable inertia balance, exclusive to Girard-Perregaux. On the contrary of the other GP 1966 watches featuring this movement , the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton doesn’t have a central second but instead a small second directly attached to the second wheel, right after the escape wheel. Finally, it gets rid of the date feature.Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton anniversary watch dail

The skeletonization of the movement is interesting, as architectural and rather aerial. GP, on this Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton, haven’t chose to go old-school, with engravings, arabesques or complicated shapes. Instead, the opening is done with subtlety and modernity in mind. The movement, from the what we can see on these photos, is actually finished with great care. It shows many internal angles, polished bevel angles on all the bridges and a concentric brushed finish on the top. To contrast with the warm and bright pink gold case, the movement of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton is treated using a galvanic process, giving this anthracite gray ruthenium.