In 2019, Girard-Perregaux presents Esmeralda Tourbillon in a new version in white gold, which underlines its timeless design, with a more contemporary look. A worthy heir to the prestigious timepieces that have enabled Girard-Perregaux to build a reputation for excellence, the Esmeralda Tourbillon tells a story of passion for aesthetics and precision.
Inspired by the famous pocket watch created by Constant Girard, which earned him the gold medal at the universal exhibition of Paris in 1889, it foresees a symmetrical and truly ingenious architecture of the movement that make it become a clock face.
Ever since the founding of his Manufactory and even more so since the development of his first Three-Bridge Tourbillon in 1860, Constant Girard has come closer and closer to perfection, working on the structure of the tourbillon and the shape of the components. A true revolution in the history of watchmaking, which for the first time makes the mechanism of a watch a design element in its own right, elevating it above and beyond its technical function.
Already in 2016, on the occasion of its 225th anniversary, Girard-Perregaux had presented an Esmeralda Tourbillon in rose gold inspired by this famous pocket watch, a timepiece that won the title of the Tourbillon Watch Prize 2016 awarded by the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.
Transcendent and majestic, with its inimitable and unparalleled design, the three-bridge Tourbillon caliber has established itself in the history of commerce as the oldest watch movement still in production, as its overall structure has remained unchanged since 1860. In one skilful blend of aesthetic, technical and symbolic principles, the main plate features solid gold bridges, barrel, gear and tourbillon. The double arrow design is entirely handcrafted and finished, mirror polished and hand beveled edges, but with straight grain sides.
With its characteristic shape, which represents the signature of the Manufacture, this mechanism has almost hypnotic revolutions and houses a balance wheel with a high moment of inertia that oscillates at 21.600 vibrations per hour (3Hz). The movement features a platinum micro-rotor mounted under the barrel. Each of its 310 components is polished and hand engraved in harmony with the best traditions. Five different types of finishes are expertly handcrafted. The expected price is over 200.000 EURO.