Watches: Girard-Perregaux Traveller Chronograph Pink Gold (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on May 27, 2014

The ability to display several time zones at once is perhaps one of the most useful complications a timepiece can offer for our modern-day lifestyle. Indeed, even if you do not spend most of your time travelling the world for business or pleasure, chances are you still have friends or acquaintances in exotic places that you would not want to disturb at an inappropriate hour only because your beloved timepiece is not sophisticated enough to remind you that while you are taking a 5-minute break during your office hours to reach out, some people are still in the arms of Morpheus on the other side of the globe.

Nowadays, the so-called “GMT” function, or the presence of a second time zone, is an extremely common feature, but the pinnacle of all time zone-related complications remains the “World Timer”. What better way of letting people know you are a true “Citizen of the World” than wearing a watch that can reveal 24-or-so different time zones in a glimpse? Not surprisingly, many brands have now included such world time discs into their collections, but since the early noughties, Girard-Perregaux has stood out for the quality of its model (initials stand for “World Wide Time Control”) that also adds an in-house chronograph to the world-time functionality.

For Baselworld 2013, the manufacture introduced a brand new collection named Traveller. It included the Traveller Moon Phase and Large Date as well as a thoroughly revamped line renamed “Traveller”. Last year’s versions counted a steel model available with opaline or black dials, a titanium model as well as a chronograph featuring a steel case paired with a black ceramic bezel. Two luxurious pink gold iterations are now expanding this successful line and give me the opportunity to discuss the in-depth evolution of the brand’s iconic chronograph.

The case has been completely redesigned and appears more contemporary and refined than ever. The most striking aesthetic change is undoubtedly the absence of a second crown on the left-hand side of the case. Indeed, although the watch still relies on the brand’s self-winding GP03300 calibre, the in-house movement has been reworked so that all the watch functions can be set with a single crown. The first position sets the city disc, the second is for the date, and the third sets the time of the day as well as the 24-hour world time ring.

The modification of the case does not end here however: if you compare the new version to the old one you will also notice the presence of gently curved crown guards on the right-hand side. They eliminate the retro look of previous versions. The case also features larger and more elongated lugs. They narrow out markedly at their ends to ensure optimal comfort. On the wrist, one can hardly tell that the diameter size increased from 43 mm to 44 mm. Lastly, the rounded bezel of past versions has been replaced by a subtly bevelled surface that enhances the dial aperture. In pink gold, with alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces, this case surely makes a statement!

Two versions are available: one with an opaline white dial and its anthracite black counterpart. The centre part of the dial is engraved with meridians and parallels to subtly evoke the globe without cluttering the dial with a full representation of all the continents. The “GP” initials in gold appliqué now replace the number “12” of past models and create a more refined feel. For harmony, the outer rotating ring featuring the name of a major city located within each of the 24 time zones relies on the same opaline white or anthracite black colour as the rest of the dial. Only the intermediary 24-hour disc is bi-colour to clearly identify “day” and “night” time periods.

The opaline white model is mounted on a brown alligator strap while the anthracite black version is paired with black alligator. Both are sewn onto rubber for maximum comfort and secured with a pink gold folding buckle. As can be expected from this high-end brand, the finishing of the movement is in line with the highest haute horology standards and can be admired from the sapphire case back. Each version will retail for GBP 25,900.

Last year’s steel and titanium versions were extremely beautiful but there is no denying the presence of gold adds an extra dimension to this stunning piece of fine watchmaking. It is thus a welcome addition to the “Traveller Chronograph” line and if it follows in the footsteps of the old “ Chronograph” collection, we can expect to see this model in a wonderful array of styles and materials in the future for our greatest delight.