Iconic design, reinterpreted. Technical excellence. Refined elegance. Variety. In the new 1966 Orion nothing is missing. This watch revisits the classic 1966 collection in a modern way with three ultra-thin cases with two versions of aventurine dial, one blue and one black, which evoke a starry sky.
The model pays homage to the epic narrative of Greek mythology according to which Zeus placed a giant hunter among the stars, in the constellation of Orion. The three elegant variations of this collection are a poetic reference to the three bright stars that illuminate his belt. The aventurine quadrants recall the constellation which contains two of the ten brightest stars visible from the Terra.
Orion is known to Chinese astronomers as Shen (參), a great warrior who fights in the sky with a belt of three stars. Orion is one of the rare cases in which a constellation is viewed in almost the same way in both China and Europe.
The rounded surface increases the effect of depth against the background of the black or blue aventurine dials, which evoke the glitter of the night sky. The contrast between the sparkling aventurine and the silver, black or gold tones of the cases and indexes sublimate the refined elegance of the collection 1966. Available in steel, steel DLC and rose gold, the collection offers a trilogy of models.
But even more than its stellar aesthetic line, the trilogy 1966 Orion represents a triumph of watchmaking for having flawlessly curved the thin aventurine dial, an extremely difficult process to carry out even for the best and most experienced watchmakers, due to the fragility and delicacy reminiscent of glass.
This success is proudly rooted in the legacy of the 1966 collection, a period of pioneering milestones for the chronometry of Girard-Perregaux: from the introduction of the first high-frequency movement to the launch of the first industrial-scale quartz watch, to the numerous awards received by the Neuchâtel Observatory.
The collection 1966 is renowned for its mechanical watches with ultra-thin round cases, smoked dials, leaf-shaped hands and tapered hour markers. The trilogy 1966 Orion echoes this subtle aesthetic with delicately balanced lines combined with the reliability and precision of a self-winding movement.
The 40 mm steel case, stainless steel DLC and rose gold is water resistant to 30 meters and packs the self-winding caliber GP03300-0132 / 0139 able to guarantee the watch a power reserve of 46 hours. The timepiece is completed with an alligator strap with a pin buckle.