Girard-Perregaux’s Vintage 1945 XXL collection, inspired by Art Deco timepieces from the early 20th century, has become one of the brand’s most popular lines, expanding in recent years to include models with small seconds, power-reserve displays, moon-phases, and now a chronograph.
The rectangular case, with straight lines elegantly flowing into curved ones, is made of rose gold or steel and measures 36.95 x 36 mm in diameter. The case is designed for ergonomic comfort on the wrist and features alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes on its surfaces.
The dial has applied Arabic numerals in an Art Deco font and dauphine-style hour and minute hands. The central seconds hand and the hands for the chronograph counters are in blued steel. Another vintage touch is the railroad-style minute track on the edge of the dial. Echoing the silhouette of the case, the dial is also slightly curved.
The manufacture movement powering this retro wonder is Girard-Perregaux’s automatic GP03300, on display through the watch’s sapphire exhibition caseback. It boasts hand finishing and a solid gold rotor, and has a power reserve of at least 46 hours. The strap is black alligator leather. Prices are $32,500 for the gold version (pictured) and $13,300 for stainless steel. There is also a steel version with a bracelet for $14,800. The watch photos can be enlarged with a click.
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