1966 Skeleton

Ref: 49549-52-001-BB60

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Enter a world where transparency is king Designed by the watchmakers of the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture as an ode to fine mechanics, the 1966 Skeleton offers a glimpse deep into the heart of its magnificent automatic caliber thanks to its impressive openworked components, all decorated by hand in an original and contemporary manner. Catching the watchmaking connoisseur's educated eye is a difficult task as it involves finding the right balance. To reveal the magic of a watch’s mechanics today, it is no longer enough to simply skeletonize a movement to let in the light. One needs – as the Girard-Perregaux artisans have done – to establish a clear vision of the stylistic identity of the manufacture and its interpretation of the art of watchmaking. This identity is a continuation of that implemented by Jean-François Bautte, the watchmaker whose company, launched in 1791, and would give rise to the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture. From this point of view, the time becomes a pretext for revealing the potential of the mechanical watch as a work of art. Delicate and complex, the openworked structure of the large 1966 watch movement with automatic winding, measuring 13¼ lignes (30.00 mm), invites contemplation of its bridges and plates. In this exposed millimetric design, gears, levers, bolts and other usually invisible components can be glimpsed within the openings – chamfered, polished, satin-brushed and hand-finished by the watch artisans of the Manufacture. Their expertise has enabled them to push back the structural limits of the material and infuse it with a sublime character by skeletonizing the mechanics, the leaf-shaped hands of which are, along with the balance wheel judiciously placed at 12 o’clock, the defining graphic feature. Discover the heart of the matter This movement, derived from the famous GP1800 caliber, is treated using a galvanic process (anthracite gray ruthenium) and worked like a metal net. It enables the eye to follow the movement of energy thanks to the rhodium-plated geartrain. During this voyage of discovery into the heart of a mechanical labyrinth comprising 173 components, including 25 jewels, the eyes come to rest on the sweep seconds at 10 o’clock carried by the seconds wheel. They are then in turn captivated by the quick oscillations of the regulating organ featuring a “Microvar” variable inertia balance exclusive to Girard-Perregaux, pulsating at 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour). To further enhance this 13¼ ligne caliber within the 38 mm diameter 18K pink gold case, Girard-Perregaux chose to skeletonize the oscillating weight which, visible through the sapphire crystal case back, has been crafted in gold. Magnificently balanced, this rotor ensures optimal winding of the barrel destined to guarantee autonomy of more than 54 hours. The timeless design of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton confirms the manufacturer's aesthetic sensibility, the virtuosity of its artisans and watchmakers, and also highlights its exceptional mastery of the art of finishing and decorating movements. This perfect piece is worn simply on a black alligator strap fastened by a pink gold pin buckle. The year celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Manufacture showcases the search for sophistication initiated by François-Bautte in the 18th century. The Manufacture continues this centuries-old expertise and preserves its legacy through elaborate finishes and magnificently accurate creations.
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    Pink Gold

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    Minutes, Seconds, Small Seconds

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WARRANTY We guarantee your watch against any lack of conformity and against any defect due to the materials used for a period of two years from the purchase date. If during this period your timepiece were to exhibit one of these defects, we are committed to repairing it free of charge. Once the warranty period has expired, repairs will be invoiced for parts and labor.
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How can I take care of my watch?

GP timepieces are designed to accompany several generations. To guarantee the longevity of your heirloom and to keep your watch in perfect working order, we recommend that you submit for periodic maintenance services, to be conducted exclusively in an authorised GP service centre, every three to five years.

What is the story of the Laureato watch?

First presented in 1975, the Laureato is a true gem of sporting elegance. This seductive, daring and innovative watch is easily identifiable.The Laureato owes its name to its first certified chronometer versions. Now an authentic legend, the Laureato combines apparently irreconcilable qualities and revels in playing with paradoxes.

What is Girard Perregaux’s sustainability policy?

Girard-Perregaux is part of the sustainable development policy initiated by the Kering Group, owner of the Brand. Girard-Perregaux manufactures its timepieces respecting the stringent criteria of Swiss Haute Horlogerie but also in the most sustainable manner. The Brand commitment to environmental and social responsibility is one of the predominant factors in the Brand’s development strategy.

How do I make sure my Girard-Perregaux watch has not been damaged by water?

For water resistant models, it is advisable to have an annual check, in order to test their water resistance. You should also check it if the case had been opened, or the watch had sustained a major shock. Additionally, it is advisable not to operate the function controls under water, or as long as the watch is wet.

What type of warranty does Girard-Perregaux offer?

Girard-Perregaux offers a 2-year warranty on all watches, against any lack of conformity or any defect. To benefit from this guarantee, you must present a copy of the guarantee certificate, duly completed, dated, stamped and signed by an authorized dealer or distributor.

Where can I buy vintage Girard-Perregaux watches?

All Westime locations carry Girard-Perregaux timepieces, and you can find out on our website where you can see the watch you desire in person. Stop by any of our California locations, including Westime Beverly Hills, Westime Sunset, and Westime La Jolla, as well as our Florida location, Westime Miami.

The Quest For Excellence

The Quest For Excellence

For over two centuries, our watches have marked far more than time. They reflect our ability to bridge between the past and future. Between technical mastery and iconic design. Between functionality and aesthetics. Our name itself is born from a union, the marriage between Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux.

Brand Heritage

Girard Perregaux Watch Brand History

Girard Perregaux Watch Brand History

Founded in 1791, Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest fine watchmaking manufactures still in operation . This year, the company celebrates its 230th anniversary, a fitting testament to the brand’s watchmaking expertise, appreciated by those “in the know”. Indeed, the firm’s history is dotted with exceptional creations that skilfully blend aesthetics and functionality. These models include the iconic Laureato, born in 1975, as well as the legendary Tourbillon ‘With Three Gold Bridges,’ a watch that made the invisible visible, transforming bridges from just a technical element to an integral part of the timepiece - a first in watchmaking. Girard-Perregaux’s place at the vanguard of horological innovation is confirmed by over one hundred recorded patents together with numerous prizes and distinctions. It remains one of the few watchmakers to retain Manufacture status for over two centuries by mastering all the required horological skills in-house and making watches infused with a notable degree of authenticity. While Girard-Perregaux respects its heritage, it continues to look ahead, embracing new technologies, state of the art materials, and fresh takes on iconic shapes. Girard-Perregaux is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in luxury apparel.