Flash News: Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Pink Gold and Black Ceramic

By Thierry Ané on May 29, 2014

Girard-Perregaux has just officially unveiled the new member of the “Hawk” collection: the Chrono Hawk Pink Gold and Black Ceramic. I do not know whether this timepiece was available for the press to see in Baselworld last March. If it was, I have unfortunately missed it and therefore have no live pictures to show you. To my defence, there were so many amazing timepieces to check out on the brand’s stand that I am not entirely surprised one or two managed to escape my attention. I truly regret it, though, as it looks absolutely stunning on the official pictures and I have no doubt the actual watch is even more impressive in person.

You may remember that this high-end manufacture entirely revamped its “Hawk” collection last year splitting it into the uncompromising “Hawk 1,000” diving models with a water resistance to a depth of 1,000 metres and the sporty and multi-purpose “Chrono Hawk” (that by the way boasts a 300-meter water-resistance, which is quite an accomplishment for a chronograph).

The new case perhaps represents the major element of this redesign. Quite sculptural with its generous 44 x 15.40 mm dimensions, it stands out by its complex construction (it is made of no less than 62 different parts), its angular edges and the presence of an octagonal black rubber ring just beneath the bezel.

Since the re-launch of the line, the brand introduced all-purpose casual steel versions with silver or black dials, the now-necessary “all-black” ceramic rendition, a colourful limited edition for Brazil and two elegant Hollywoodland models mixing either a silver or a dark grey dial with a black ceramic case and a pink gold bezel. Earlier this year, models with a newly designed stainless steel bracelet also joined the collection (with silver or with a new blue dial).

Even though I truly appreciate many of these iterations and would be happy to wear them, none of these releases come close the new Chrono Hawk Pink Gold and Black Ceramic in terms of elegance and sharpness of design. I like how the warm satin-brushed pink gold middle case seems surrounded by the bezel on the front, the case back ring on the back and the crown and chronograph pushers on the side, all of them crafted in smooth black ceramic. The combination of gold and black also works admirably on the dial where pink gold hour markers and hands subtly enhance the black dial featuring a motif inspired by the shape of the brand’s famous tourbillon bridges.

Another strong asset of this model is its extremely technical strap that mixes elegance with comfort. Indeed, it uses a technological rubber base with grooves to let the skin breathe and ensure optimal comfort, but coated with black alligator so as to appear as luxurious as the case. It is secured by a folding buckle in black PVD titanium and ceramic.

Inside the watch ticks the self-winding GP03300-0076 calibre, an in-house mechanical movement that offers 46 hours of power reserve. The watch’s exhibition case back lets you admire its impeccable finishing with Côte de Genève decorations and a stylish arrow-shaped oscillating weight.

All in all, I think that this timepiece is extremely well-balanced, with a nice combination of classic luxury with the presence of pink gold and technical sophistication with the use of black ceramic. It cleverly plays on the contrast between these two materials without ever being phony. It is precious but not fragile, sporty but elegant, timeless but full of character. In a nutshell, it epitomises a different approach to luxury, more in sync with our times.

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