Sunday, December 20, 2015

Japanese Pianist Hiromi Uehara wins François Perregaux Award from Swiss luxury watch brand Girard-Perregaux

On December 17th, the virtuous pianist Hiromi Uehara has been rewarded with the 2nd Edition of the Francois Perregaux Award and has received the Prize by the hands of the CEO Mr. Antonio Calce.

This award pays tribute to someone who embodies a strong pioneering spirit at a world class level; one that goes beyond mere convention.

François Perregaux (1834~1877), member of the Girard-Perregaux family, was the first Swiss watchmaker to ever set foot on Japanese soil. Hisaim was to always preserve tradition while pursuing new challenges. In celebration of his pioneering spirit, Girard-Perregaux founded the François Perregaux Award.

Driven by avant-garde ideas of the pioneers who have forged its renown since 1791, the manufacture is behind major innovations in the world of high watchmaking. The winner, who embodies that spirit, has the privilege to be rewarded with an exclusive timepiece. Last year, Eiji Kawashima was presented as the first winner of the award for his honorable effort as a Japanese goal keeper in Europe.
Hiromi Uehara’s ability of delivering incredible poetic performances with the use of her bare hands can be compared to the art of high watchmaking.  Uehara’s enduring passion to the music and the challenges she had to face reminds us of François Perregaux’s efforts to promote Swiss watches in Japan. In celebration of her enduring spirit, Girard-Perregaux awarded Hiromi Uehara, as a talent guided by the same passion.

In addition to the unique piece for Hiromi Uehara, two special pieces to celebrate Hiromi Uehara's talent highlighting the inspiring world of jazz music have been unveiled.

Two special Cat’s Eye models are available in a very limited edition. 7 pieces in pink gold, and 24 pieces in stainless steel. Each timepiece is unique. The pink gold model has a dial adorn with selected poetical musical notes of  " Place to be",  a song presented in 2009 by the artist. This song was recognized with an award at the 43rd Jazz Disc Award hosted by “Swing Journal”, and earned the prize for Jazz Album of the Year at Billbord Japan Music Award in 2009.

For the stainless steel model, the small second indicator at 9 o’clock was surrounded by a motif of piano keys, which is a reference to Hiromi Uehara's unique talent.  The unpredictable design is aimed to express her style of playing, which is well known for dynamic and cheerful sounds.

The Cat's eye models, combine femininity and technical virtuosity in a highly emotive spirit. This collection is the feminine epitome of the brand's expertise and this special timepiece gathers the most coveted characteristics for pure harmony between watchmaking expertise and artistic talent. To highlight the pure craftsmanship mastered in the Girard Perregaux manufacture, A GP03300 self-winding Manufacture movement can be admired through a sapphire crystal case-back.

About Hiromi Uehara:
She is known professionally as Hiromi, a composer and pianist born in 1979 in Hamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, known for her virtuosic technique and energetic live performances.

She started learning piano at age six, and was later introduced to jazz. When she was 17, she met Chick Corea by chance in Tokyo, and was invited to play with him at his concert the next day. After being a jingle writer for a few years for Japanese companies such as Nissan, she enrolled to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Debuting in 2003, Hiromi has toured the world and appeared in numerous jazz festivals with many remarkable musicians around the world wishing to perform with Hiromi Uehara. She performs live on more than 100 stages each year around the world.

Cat’s Eye Small Second

Case
Material: pink gold set with 62 diamonds ~0,85 ct
Dimensions: 35,40 x 30,40mm
Height: 9,10mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: engraved and sapphire crystal, secured by 4 screws
Dial: mother-of-pearl set with 8 diamonds
Hands: leaf-shaped
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Movement
Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0044, mechanical, self-winding movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 ½’’’’)
Height: 3,20 mm
Frequency: 28,800 vib/h - (4 Hz)
Number of components: 208
Jewels: 28
Power reserve: min.46 hours
Function: hour, minute, small second, date

Strap
Material: black alligator leather
Buckle: pink gold, folding

Reference
80484D52A1545BK6B
Limited and numbered edition of 7 pieces

Cat’s Eye Power Reserve

Case
Material: steel set with 64 diamonds ~0,95 ct
Dimensions: 37.84 x 32.84 mm
Height: 11,22 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: engraved and sapphire crystal, secured by 4 screws
Dial: mother-of-pearl set with 8 diamonds
Hands: leaf-shaped
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Movement
Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0070, mechanical, self-winding movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 ½’’’’)
Height: 4.55 mm
Frequency: 28,800 vib/h - (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min.46 hours
Jewels: 27
Function: hour, minute, small second, date, power reserve indicator

Strap
Material: black alligator leather
Buckle: steel, folding

Reference
80486D11A1546CK6A
Limited and numbered edition of 24 pieces

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