Flash News: Girard-Perregaux Hawk 1,000 in Cobalt Blue

By Thierry Ané on April 23, 2014

Since its redesign in 2012, Girard-Perregaux’s diving range, the Sea Hawk, has proved extremely successful and the brand spared no efforts to offer varied models to cater to all tastes. So far, if my count is right, ten different versions of the Chrono Hawk have been unveiled and already six renditions of the uncompromising Hawk 1,000 model, the true diver’s watch with an impressive water resistance to a depth of 1,000 meters and the presence of a helium valve to ensure that the air pressure between the watch's interior and its exterior environment is rebalanced after deep-water diving expeditions.

Somehow, though, all the unlimited iterations introduced until now looked too smart and discreet for a diving model. Sure, the two models in steel, with either a silver or a black dial, look good but aren’t they too elegant considering the initial purpose of this model? Not to mention the now completely conventional black ceramic rendition that every brand offers in an unoriginal all-black look.

The first limited model in the Hawk 1,000 line, the FOReverglades does not lack colour or originality with its red crocodiles sewn onto the white leather strap but it is far from the universe of diving this model is supposed to belong to. To some extent, the Mission of Mermaids was thus the only alternative for the watch lovers that are not afraid of lively models (even though it was less colourful in its second rendition).

This week, however, Girard-Perregaux has just unveiled two new versions in vivid hues, cobalt blue and coral orange, that remain perfectly in line with the diving origin of the model and bring a huge relevance and credibility to this beautiful model.

Both versions feature a cobalt blue dial with a raised “honeycomb” motif and vivid coral orange accents. This bright colour is used for the minutes and seconds hands as well as that of the power reserve at 6 o’clock. There, an orange area also indicates when the movement needs rewinding. The rotating unidirectional bezel presents a black minute track with an orange 15-minute diver’s scale.

The first model is mounted on a cobalt blue rubber strap while the second version uses the new steel bracelet the brand initially introduced on a Chrono Hawk model earlier this year. My preference goes to the rubber that brings an additional touch of colour and achieves the diving look but some people always prefer a bracelet so I guess it is nice to have both options.

All in all, this is by far my favourite iteration of the revamped Hawk 1,000 model. It is exactly what this model is supposed to be: an extremely well-crafted diver’s watch with a colour palette that reflects its origins. I want one! But I do hope that they have the good sense of releasing his model before this summer and not in, say, October or November…

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