Times change ... and the same goes for timepieces. At one time, making a precision wristwatch and tucking the works into an elegant case was enough. But in the 21st century, a mechanical watch has to show off the gubbins inside to get any cred, so Girard-Perregaux is updating its Vintage 1945 model by adding a transparent sapphire dial to reveal the secrets behind the 69-year old classic.
The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 is one of those classic watches that most people recognize even if they don't know the name. First released in 1945, its simple art-deco style and lozenge shape hit the sweet spot between practicality and elegance that marks the classic if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it ideal of industrial design. However, the Swiss haute horlogerie company has decided that, with the 2014 Vintage 1945 Large Date and Moon-Phases watch, it was time to raise the curtain on the workings of the timepiece.
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The most obvious difference in the new Vintage 1945 is that the previously opaque dial has been replaced by a transparent one made of sapphire that's been treated with a surface metallization process to give it a smoky appearance. The whole thing is designed to not just reveal the works, but also to provide a sense of depth by means of multiple contrasts along with the embossed and polished Dauphine-style hands, In addition, there's a jumping date display that operates in 5 milliseconds, a moon-phase dial at 6 o'clock, and the 32-jewel movement is designed to exactly fit the case. On the reverse is a window to show the rotor for the automatic winding mechanism.
The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date and Moon-Phases is available in either stainless steel of pink gold with a black alligator strap. Both are water resistant to 30 m (65 ft, 3 ATM), and have a 46-hour power reserve. The stainless steel version costs US$16,000 and the pink gold goes for US$33,800.
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