Watches and Motorsport – Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux Release Their First Watch

Jun 3, 2021 | By Steven Peers

Watches and motorsport have gone hand in hand for generations, just think of some of the classic names along  the way the iconic Daytona to the Monaco, Monza, Mile Miglia and Carrera. Brands like BRM specifically designed with motorsport in mind. F1 and the various teams and their association with brands like Oris, Tag Heuer, IWC, Hublot, Richard Mille and even Casio.

Now the iconic British racing stable Aston Martin have teamed up with Girard Perregaux to produce the beautiful Tourbillion with Three Flying Bridges for Aston Martin. Its the first timepiece borne of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin. The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s unique knowledge of luxury and performance. The timepiece will be delivered with an additional black calf leather strap with Rubber Alloy (injected white gold on rubber) insert, a material world premiere.

Both brands demonstrate a passion for refined craftsmanship and have been working together, sharing their understanding of design, materials and technology. This latest model celebrates the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a decidedly contemporary way, down to the smallest details, including the strap. A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned front of house, as well as to the rear, coaxing light to illuminate the case interior, thereby augmenting readability. The 44 millimetre case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is formed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its lightweight properties. It is suffused with black DLC, bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance. Interestingly, titanium ore was discovered in Great Britain, the home of Aston Martin, back in 1791 by an English clergyman, William Gregor, in the same year Girard-Perregaux was founded. Upholding Girard-Perregaux tradition, this model skilfully plays with proportions and shapes much to the delight of aesthetes.

THE CALIBRE GP09400-1683

Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD treatment and polished angles. The design endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, affording breathtaking views of movement components ordinarily hidden from view. While Girard-Perregaux has a long history of making the invisible visible, in this instance it has ventured off-piste, creating a watch whose movement appears to levitate within the case. This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear within the case, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. The car company’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light.

COMMENTS(1)

  1. Rick

    That’s stunning! Gréât article!! 👍

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