With the majority of the Richemont brands having already filed their teaser novelties ahead of SIHH 2017, we’re now mere weeks away from the doors of Palexpo. A handful of names remain, but it’s safe to say we’re going to hear about, whatever remains to be heard, before Christmas week and before everyone turns loopy when the clock strikes 12 and ushers in 2017 proper.
Today we hear from Girard-Perregaux, who will be making a return to the floors of SIHH come January 2017. The last time the maison formed part of the Geneva fair’s roster was in 2012. But mind you now that, up until then, Girard-Perregaux had been a staple exhibitor at the fair since 1999.
Enough history, let’s get to the watches.
First up, the headliner is the maison’s World Wide Time Control complication, or WW.TC as it is listed on today’s press release, brought into Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 collection for the very first time.
The watch features a 40mm case (pink gold/steel), and comes fitted with the Manufacture automatic movement, caliber GP0330. As this is a world-time type, the watch features a rotating disc listing 24 cities, which represent 24 GMT timezones, followed by the central hour and minute hands to hold your local time and lastly the small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock.
The crowns on either side of the 1966 WW.TC make for easy operability — the 9 o’clock crown controls the city ring, so that the user can set a preferred city as reference relative to local time. The second crown, thereafter, is used to operate the central hour and minute hands.
Both options of case metals will be offered with leather straps with the additional option for a steel bracelet for the steel cased version of the 1966 WW.TC.