Girard-Perregaux

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer

The origins of Girard-Perregaux can be traced back to 1791 when Jean-François Bautte, whose company was later acquired by Girard-Perregaux, created his first watches in Geneva. The name Girard-Perregaux itself appeared in 1856 following the marriage of Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux. Constant Girard-Perregaux distinguished himself in the research into the field of chronometry and especially the tourbillon. The consecration came in 1889 when La Esmeralda, one of his famous Tourbillon with three gold bridges won a gold medal at the Paris Universal exhibition. Fast forward to the late 20th century, Girard-Perregaux was one of the first manufactures to herald the return to mechanical watchmaking under the aegis of Luigi Macaluso. The company is part of the Kering Group since 2011.

Part of the elite of Swiss Haute Horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux is lauded for being a holistic manufacture developing and producing in-house every aspect of a watch and its movement. During the renaissance of mechanical watchmaking the 1980s and 1990s, Girard-Perregaux was one of the rare brands to manufacture movements in-house, in particular with its iconic Tourbillon under three gold bridges and the GP3000 series. Backed by a century-old tradition and such expertise, the brand gave birth to some of the most exceptional creations.

Among these, the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement LM is regulated by a revolutionary regulator. Taking advantage of the bi-stable states of a buckled silicon blade, the escapement delivers constant power to the oscillator whatever the force provided by the barrel springs. Girard-Perregaux received numerous award for this development, including the most prestigious one, the Aiguille d’Or at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2013.

Among the current collections, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 pays tribute to the brand’s achievements in the field of chronometry in the 1960s, in particular the serial production of the high-frequency movements beating at 36.000 vibrations per hour. The model embodies the brand’s expertise in the design of timeless classics.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M.

One of the most expressive designs of the brand, the Laureato was originally created in 1975. The GP take on the luxury sports watch stands out with its octagonal bezel, cushion-shaped case and integrated bracelet.

History of Girard-Perregaux

1791
Jean-François Bautte creates his first watches in Geneva
1852
Constant Girard founds Girard & Compagnie
1856
Constant Girard wedding with Marie Perregaux
1880
First major production of wristwatches for the German navy
1889
The Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges is awarded a gold medal at the Paris universal exhibition
1906
Acquisition of the Bautte succession
1965
First serial production of high-Frequency movements
1966
Centenary prize of the Neuchatel Observatory
1971
First watch with a quartz movement with a 32,768 Hertz frequency
1981
Renaissance of the Tourbillon under three gold bridges
1992
Luigi Macaluso takes over Girard-Perregaux
1994
Partnership with Ferrari
2011
Kering Group becomes majority shareholder of Girard-Perregaux
2013
First watches equipped with the Constant Escapement
2017
The Laureato collection is re-launched