Watches: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Models with Flinqué Dials
By Thierry Ané on February 23, 2015
The unveiling of a new timepiece in the timeless 1966 collection is always an important moment for Girard-Perregaux. With an unassuming round case featuring short lugs, a slim slightly bevelled bezel and a discreet ribbed crown these understated watches have come to define the brand’s sense of elegance. Here, true luxury lies in the details and unparalleled care brought to finishing. The movements ticking inside these refined frames are also an important element in the 1966 success among seasoned watch aficionados: whether extremely complex as in the 1966 Minute Repeater Annual Calendar and Equation of Time or reduced to the simplest expression as for the time-only 1966 Automatic The Map, they remain crafted in the pure tradition of Fine Watchmaking and always showcase flawless decorations.
In anticipation of the huge annual Baselworld exhibition where all the 2015 novelties will officially be introduced, Girard-Perregaux reveals “him and her” reinterpretations of the famous 1966 watch: the 1966 Automatic Flinqué and the 1966 Lady Flinqué. Beyond the iconic pink gold case, these new creations share many common characteristics but also some subtle differences to make them more attractive to their respective audience.
In keeping with the general style of the 1966 line, both models boast extremely classic proportions: 30 mm for the ladies’ version and just 38 mm for the gents’ timepiece. A row of 60 brilliant-cut diamonds has been added to the bezel of the 1966 Lady Flinqué as is often the case when a women’s version of a watch is created. Then, although they are both mounted on black alligator straps secured by traditional pin buckles, the leather comes in a matte version for the 1966 Automatic Flinqué whereas it is shiny on the 1966 Lady Flinqué.
The women’s model is equipped with the automatic GP03200 calibre only providing the time of the day with two leaf-shaped central hands. In the male version, the brand used the in-house GP03300 movement. This self-winding calibre also offers a central seconds hand and a date indication. Both movements are finished with the same exacting standards, though, and a sapphire crystal on the back of each watch will allow the owner to appreciate this refined work.
Praiseworthy as all these characteristics may be, they are not different from what can be found on any other 1966 timepiece. The real novelty is to be found on the dial of each timepiece featuring a delicate guilloché work. These very precise intricate patterns painstakingly engraved by hand using an engine turning machine are perhaps the most prestigious of traditional watch decorations. Here, the artisans chose a concentric pattern made of twelve sectors radiating from the centre of the dial and perfectly catching the light with their silvered opaline reflections. Sober and extremely refined, this guilloché work is perfectly complemented by the minimalist refinement of the baton-shaped indexes and leaf-shaped hands.
The 1966 Automatic Flinqué and the 1966 Lady Flinqué are decidedly very elegant timepieces for the true connoisseurs. They embody this discreet luxury that has always been a trademark of the brand. Truly timeless, these timekeepers are designed to bring the same emotion to their wearers in 10 years as they do today. Maybe a little more when you come to appreciate each and every detail…
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