Girard-Perregaux returns to the SIHH watch salon this week after several years of exhibiting at Baselworld. Among the new watches the 225-year-old Swiss brand presented is the 1966 WW.TC, the first version of G-P’s enduringly popular world-time model to debut within the versatile, vintage-inspired 1966 collection.
The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC — which debuted in 2000 and was rebranded as an independent collection called Traveller in 2013 — was one of the few watches of its time to combine a world-time function with a chronograph. Subsequent versions of the watch have combined the world-time indicator with power reserves, moon-phases, and big dates; the new 1966 model sticks to the basics most useful for its intended audience of frequent travelers: hours and minutes, small seconds, and world time with day-night indication.
Like other watches equipped with a world-time function, the WW.TC (the initials stand for “World Wide Time Control”) enables instant and simultaneous readings of the time in 24 world cities, representing each of the 24 major time zones. The system used by Girard-Perregaux to accomplish this is famously user-friendly, with two crowns on either side of the case, an outer city ring, and a rotating 24-hour disk surrounding the dial’s chapter ring with white and black semicircles to represent daytime and nighttime hours. The crown at 9 o’clock positions the reference city at 12 o’clock, while the one at 3 o’clock adjusts the hours and minutes, which are synchronized with the 24-hour disk.
Despite its distinctive look, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC is still unmistakably a member of the 1966 family: its 40-mm, round case features a slim, polished bezel, and the collection’s leaf-shaped hands sweep over the opaline, silver-toned dial. The movement, visible through the sapphire caseback, is Girard-Perregaux’s GP03300, an automatic with 248 components, including 32 jewels; a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz); and a minimum power reserve of 46 hours. Its horological adornments include straight and circular graining, chamfering, and côtes de Genève. The case is 12 mm thick and water-resistant to 30 meters. Three references will be available: rose-gold case with black alligator leather strap (Ref. 49557-52-131-BB6C, above); stainless steel case with alligator leather strap (Ref. 49557-11-132-BB6C, below); and stainless steel case on steel bracelet (Ref. 49557-11-132-11A, not pictured). Scroll down to see live photos taken at SIHH.