Monday, February 20, 2017

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Celestial

Dedicated exclusively to women, the Cat’s Eye collection by Girard-Perregaux combines supreme design excellence with a mechanical movement reflecting the finest traditions upheld by the Maison. Cat’s Eye Celestial, the latest addition to this prestigious line, infuses it with an emotional and subtly complex dimension. 
Adorned with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds, the opulent oval shaped pink gold case of the Cat’s Eye Celestial ladies watch exquisitely frames a guilloché hand-polished white mother-of-pearl dial. The guilloché motif, along with the gem-set drop-shaped hour-markers, draw the eye to the moon phase whose broad 8.9 mm-diameter disc performs a full rotation in 59 days. Contrary to usual practice, the device driving the display of this complication is not linked to the arbour of the hour’s wheel, but is instead connected to the barrel and therefore moves smoothly without any jerking.
Girard-Perregaux wanted this complication to be as beautiful as it is accurate. Slightly domed in order to create a depth effect, the moon phase is depicted in mother-of-pearl marquetry and aventurine glass that the artisan has then polished by hand.  A classical moon phase accumulates a one-day discrepancy every two and a half years, while the one on the Cat’s Eye Celestial requires only one correction every 360 years.
This new Cat’s Eye model houses a self-winding movement designed, developed and crafted by the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux in keeping with the finest Swiss watchmaking traditions. This 240-part movement with its 46-hour power reserve is also distinguished by its superb finishing, with Côtes de Genève and circular-graining adorning the mainplate, blued steel screws, as well as an oscillating weight bearing a “GP” tapestry-style motif.
The Cat’s Eye Celestial is fitted with a pink gold bracelet matching the case, or with an alligator leather strap graced by a midnight blue shade.

Technical details

Case
Material: pink gold set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds ~0.80 cts
Dimensions: 35.44 x 30.44 mm 
Height: 11.40 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

Dial
Guilloché mother-of-pearl, drop-shaped hour-markers set with 33 diamonds totalling approx. 0.108 cts
Hands: leaf-shaped

Movement
Reference: GP03300-0125, mechanical self-winding
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 ½ ‘’’’)
Height: 5.40 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
Number of components: 240
Jewels: 32
Power reserve: min. 46 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, large moon phase indicator

Strap/Bracelet
Material: dark blue alligator leather strap or pink gold bracelet
Buckle: pink gold folding clasp

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