Flash News: Girard-Perregaux Traveller ww.tc Chronograph Black DLC Titanium (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on June 28, 2014

At the Basel fair last year, Girard-Perregaux introduced a brand new collection to complement the beautifully refined “1966” and the extremely sporty “Hawk” lines. With a very modern size of 44 mm and the presence of gently curved crown guards these timepieces are sufficiently laid-back for the weekend but the elongated lugs that narrow out markedly at their ends to ensure optimal comfort and the gently bevelled bezel give them a sufficiently refined appeal to be also worn at the office. So far, this all-purpose “Traveller” line is composed of two models: a Moon Phase and Large Date watch that also features a very useful power reserve indicator and an entirely redesigned version of one of the brand’s most iconic pieces, namely the ww.tc.

This “world time” model that allows the wearer to instantly know the time anywhere in the world has been part of the brand’s history for a long time now and countless versions have been introduced over the years. For the launch of the “Traveller ww.tc Chronograph” in 2013, the La Chaux-de-Fonds-based manufacture started with two stainless steel versions, one with an opaline dial and the other showcasing a black dial. They also offered a titanium model with opaline dial and brown leather instead of the usual black alligator strap. Lastly, for the watch aficionados in search of a product with strong and technical identity, Girard-Perregaux also introduced a ww.tc Chronograph with a stainless steel case and a contrasting black ceramic bezel.

For Baselworld 2014, the brand expanded the collection with two luxurious interpretation of the traveller’s watch. Crafted in pink gold with opaline or black dial, the new models looks absolutely stunning and I refer you to my recent articleWatches: Girard-Perregaux Traveller ww.tc Chronograph Pink Gold (+live pics) about these beauties if you want to see some live pictures. With six models already available, it seemed that the “Traveller ww.tc Chronograph” collection could cater to everyone’s taste. An important classic was still missing though: the all-black model! With the Black DLC Titanium timepiece officially unveiled this week, this gap is now filled.

Made of no less than 30 different parts, the 44 mm case of this watch is crafted in lightweight titanium and received its intense black colour thanks to a special diamond-like carbon surface treatment. Not only does it bring this gloomy look, but it also reinforces the solidity and scratch-resistance of the case. To enhance the sporty look of the watch, the brand used a rubber-treated alligator strap. This finish looks extremely nice and again strengthens the alligator and makes it more lasting. The dial with the central representation of the latitudes and the longitudes covering the Earth is entirely black except for the 24-hour disc of the world time function that uses black and white for the day-night indication. Constantly in motion and completing a full revolution in 24 hours, it is paired with an outer second ring marked with cities in the (main) 24 time zones that divide up the planet to create the world time function.

Inside the watch beats the self-winding GP03300-0083 calibre with frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Entirely produced, assembled and adjusted in-house, it offers hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date functions as well as world times with day-night indicator. The see-through sapphire on the back of the watch lets you admire its superlative finish including perlage and Côtes de Genève decorations as well as a very graphic arrow-shaped oscillating weight.

This modern-day equivalent of the ww.tc Flyback Chronograph Shadow released in 2009 (that one was in black ceramic instead of DLC titanium tough) is definitely very appealing and will certainly meet great success. Creating a great-looking all-black watch is no easy task but Girard-Perregaux did an excellent job with this Traveller ww.tc Chronograph Black DLC Titanium.

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