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Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon With Three Flying Bridges Gets the Rose Gold Treatment

Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Rose Gold

Girard-Perregaux is celebrating their 230th anniversary by looking back at some of their most venerable timepieces and giving them a modern twist, and for Geneva Watch Days they’ve unveiled a new version of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges. Although, while GP are making a song and dance about updating this classic, they’ve been releasing new versions consistently for a while now, with the last example being the Aston Martin collaboration from a few months ago. So, let’s see what’s new with this latest version.

In a word: rose gold. Well, that’s two words but you get what I mean. This is the first time that all three bridges that give the watch its name have been produced in the precious metal. They’re coated top and bottom with black PVD so that only the sides of each bridge shine golden, which GP have described as giving it an air of ‘super discreet luxury’. I don’t know how you can call a triple flying bridge with multi-layered skeletonised elements plus a tourbillon ‘discreet’ while keeping a straight face but here we are… subtle it is not.

Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Rose Gold

Honestly, other than the tweak to the materials that have been used on the titular bridges (matched by the 44mm rose gold case) it’s business as usual for the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges. It has dauphine style hands, flange-mounted hour markers and a gently sloped, box sapphire crystal top and bottom, all of which were present on the Aston Martin edition.

Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Rose Gold

Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Rose Gold

The movement does have a slightly different reference, it’s the GP09400-1273, however its specs are virtually identical. It has a 60-hour power reserve, automatic winding and, of course, there’s the base mounted tourbillon which rotates once every 60 seconds and functions as a small seconds.

Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Rose Gold

It’s impossible to call a watch like this underwhelming because every facet of it is deliberately overwhelming, but at a basic level this is just a new material on a watch we saw in July, sans Aston Martin branding. And really, I’d probably prefer the titanium version for its light weight and durable construction, although this is a solid second choice now that the Aston Martin version is sold out. Plus, it will definitely appeal to collectors who like a little extra ostentation and that’s fine too, they probably have the £121,000 spare to afford it.

Price & Specs:

Model: Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges
Reference: 99296-52-001-BA64
Case/dial: 44mm diameter x 15.52mm height, 18K rose gold case, three bridges in gold on the front side covered with black PVD, three bridges in titanium on the backside covered with black PVD
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Ref. GP09400-1273, automatic, 27 jewels, 260 parts
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 60h
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillion, small seconds on the tourbillion cage
Strap: Black alligator with rubber effect, with an additional black alligator strap with gold effect
Price/availability: £121,000

More details at Girard-Perregaux.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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