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Showcasing the mechanism that truly makes any watch a work of art, The Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton from Girard-Perregaux is a marvel of horological architecture.
The watch is a noteworthy amalgamation of concepts that have come to be associated with the brand Girard-Perregaux for centuries starting with the brand’s 1884 patent for crafting a tourbillon with three gold bridges. Girard-Perregaux has also been creating skeletonized versions of the tourbillon since 1998 and in 2014 introduced the Neo Tourbillon featuring three bridges which, unlike the original design which was not gold, but black with a minimalistic, arched, rounded and open-worked look.
The three bridges are stretched like cables over a precipice and possess the architectural characteristics of their real-world inspirations. The first of the three bridges in the Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton is representative of the Millau Viaduct in Southern France in terms of its size and grandeur, and the second draws inspiration from the Mohammed VI bridge in Rabat with its openworked and sensually shaped pylons. Finally, the third bridge mirrors the delicate balance of the Oversteek Bruk in the Netherlands.
The connection with the bridge imagery continues in the construction of the timepiece itself, with its 45mm case featuring curves and large glazed areas, giving it the look and feel of an observation platform from which to admire the skeletonized movement. The curved structure of the Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton enables it to fit snugly on even smaller wrists.
By using titanium and sapphire in the construction of this timepiece, Girard-Perregaux has crafted a lightweight horological wonder. The impression of lightness is enhanced by the structure of the bridges and the transparency of the calibre itself.
The Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton indicates hours and minutes, and also has a tourbillon which displays small seconds at 12 o’clock. The tourbillon cage is lightweight titanium and weighs an almost negligible 0.25 grams.
The bridges themselves are beveled and sandblasted, and are treated black PVD. Finished with a black, hand-stitched strap in alligator leather, held in place by a titanium triple folding clasp, the Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton combines the architectural superiority of Girard-Perregaux watches with a streamlined and contemporary design aesthetic, resulting in a unique timepiece for a true connoisseur.