Because we were talking about watches heavily set with diamonds anyway, why not proceed with more stone-set watches. Luckily Girard-Perregaux knows how to do this in an elegant way. They just released the 1966 Jewellery set with more than 800 diamonds.
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Collection, launched in 2006, has been my favorite GP collection and comprises several magnificent timepieces like the 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time and the 1966 Full Calendar. This collection always features beautiful manufacture movements with automatic winding in ultra-thin cases.
While the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Small Model feature a diamond set mid-case, that was only visible from the side, this Girard-Perregaux is more outgoing with it’s adornment. However it looks still very elegant, something to which the slim case and stitch-less strap contribute.
The 1966 Jewellery comes in either white or pink gold and measures 38 mm in diameter. A good size for both men and women! In total 807 diamonds sparkle on the diamond-set bezel, dial and even on the ardillon (tang) buckle. The hour and minute hand are so-called ‘leaf’-type hands and the dial features four applied hour markers. A nice feat is that the brand’s name is printed on the inside of the convex sapphire crystal, that is also treated with an anti-reflective coating.
Inside ticks a beautifully finished and reliable caliber GP-3300-0066. This movement is part of the GP-3300 movement family and is actually the most basic version, without seconds hand or date. It measures 25.60 mm in diameter and is 3.20 mm tick. The movement has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations (4Hz) and has a power reserve of 46 hours.
Please visit the Girard-Perregaux website for more information.
This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor of Monochrome Watches.