Watches: Girard-Perregaux Traveller Moon Phase, Large Date and GMT models (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on October 21, 2014

In less than a two-year period since the unveiling of the very first model during Baselworld 2013, Girard-Perregaux's "Traveller" line has expanded at a sustained pace to now offer an extended collection able to cater to the needs of all sorts of globe-trotting watch connoisseurs.

It kicked off with the multi-purpose "Traveller Moon Phase and Large Date" in stainless steel with either black or opaline silver dial also featuring a power reserve indication. This extremely urban line then swallowed up the brand's famous world timer to create the "Traveller Chronograph", a watch already offered in a myriad of interpretations from steel, to pink gold, to black DLC titanium, or even to steel with black ceramic bezel.

This month, here comes the latest useful addition to the high-performing "Traveller" series: the self-explanatory "Traveller Moon Phase, Large Date and GMT" model. The new unveiling perfectly fits in the beautifully-designed and contemporary-sized "Traveller" case: it retains the generous 44 mm proportion with a thickness of 12.10 mm and a water resistance to a depth of 10 atmospheres.

Carefully finished with alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces, it gives this collection its unmistakable character thanks to the gentle curves of the case band, the slim bezel combined with a deep flange and a perfectly adjusted alligator strap secured by a folding buckle.

This time around, it protects the large-size (30.40 mm), self-winding GP03300-093 manufacture calibre. This top-of-the-range movement with a 46-hour power reserve and 35 jewels provides the usual hours and minutes indications through central leaf-shaped hands filled with luminescent material for a good legibility in all conditions together with a large date window at the 12 o'clock position.

On the lower part of the dial, two slightly overlapping sub-dials face one another in perfect symmetry and display some additional information: the small seconds is placed at 7:30 with the phases of the moon at its centre while the sub-dial located at 4:30 reveals the second time zone on a 24-hour scale.

The sapphire crystal installed on the back of the watch showcases the oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the brand's iconic tourbillon bridge as well as some components of this flawless in-house calibre. A close inspection shows the great care dedicated by the Manufacture to its finishes undertaken in its own workshops.

This very desirable model is presented in three unlimited versions. First, an affordable but still elegant and perfectly executed stainless steel version, features an opaline dial and an outstanding brown nubuck alligator strap. Then, for a more luxurious wear, the brand offers two pink gold renditions, one with an eggshell dial and brown alligator strap and another featuring a black dial and matching alligator leather.

On all versions, you will probably be struck by the beauty of the dial adorned by a nice pattern inspired by the Earth's interlocking meridians and parallels. It brings an outstanding feeling of volume in addition to a direct reference to travel. Despite all the indications and this adornment, the dial remains surprisingly uncluttered and pleasant to read.

Lastly, for all the watch lovers who cannot fall for an exquisite timepiece unless it is also extremely exclusive, Girard-Perregaux also unveiled a 50-piece limited edition to celebrate the tercentenary of the passing of the "Longitude Act" by the British Parliament: the Tribute to John Harrison.

This elegant model in pink gold acknowledges the role played by this English carpenter and self-taught clockmaker in the search for an accurate way of measuring a ship's longitude at sea and avoid shipwrecks like the terrible one that destroyed several Royal Navy vessels near the Isles of Scilly, leading to hundreds of sailors losing their lives and accounting for the considerable twenty thousand pounds this "Longitude Act" would award.

Several features make the Tribute to John Harrison model special apart from its rarity. The pink gold surrounding the sapphire exhibition back is engraved with the watch's number and a “Longitude Act 1714” inscription. Although it presents the same dial pattern as its non-limited counterparts, the Greenwich meridian is clearly magnified and highlighted on the eggshell-coloured dial. Lastly, the interior of the second time zone dial, bi-colour on the other models to characterise day and night, is now adorned with a map of Europe with England, the country of John Harrison, in bright red.

Needless to say that this limited edition is my favourite model but they all look equally great. The reliability and flawless finish of the movement, the usefulness of all its indications, the elegance and modernity of the case, the craftsmanship of the alligator strap... I honestly appreciate every detail about this well-conceived timepiece that should experience the same success as the rest of the "Traveller" line.

For more information please visit the Girard-Perregaux web site.