Way back in February, Girard-Perregaux became the official watch partner to Aston Martin. It wasn’t, in all honesty, the first pairing that came to mind for either brand but both have an incredible heritage which is enough for most of these kind of partnerships. Now, after three months of silence on the subject, we have the fruits of their dual labours: the Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition.
The watch is, for better or worse, pure Girard-Perregaux. The Three Bridges model is their most iconic and, while I personally love the underrated Laureato, it’s been their signature for a long, long time. Since the 19th century, in fact.
It’s not hard to guess where it gets the name: the three, very visible bridges straddling the dial. The ‘Flying’ comes in where Girard-Perregaux has taken away most of the mainplate so that the bridges appear to be invisible supporting the movement. It’s not just the mainplate either; the entire watch has been skeletonised to within an inch of invisibility. Even the barrel is openworked to show off the mainspring.
As I’ll tell anyone that’ll listen, I’m not a huge fan of skeleton watches. I prefer to see a dial than my pasty white wrist. But in this instance, the sheer architectural nature of the Three Flying Bridges makes for a visual – and horological – tour de force.
The bridges themselves as well as the case have all been blacked out with PVD, though any attempts at stealth are pretty futile. You won’t be missing this 44mm bad boy, even if the titanium construction makes it feather-light.
So far, there’s not much Aston Martin in the Aston Martin edition and to be honest, there’s not much metal to play with on the watch itself. The marque’s name is written on the side of the microrotor, but you need to get the right angle to see it – which I actually appreciate. The strap though is shiny and new not just to this edition but to Girard-Perregaux and, in one aspect, the world.
The contrast-stitched black calfskin is par for the course, but the middle insert is not. The watchmaker has called it ‘Rubber Alloy’ which to be honest is a very practical name. It’s rubber injected with white gold. I’ll need to see it in person before rendering judgement, but from this distance it looks pretty cool and is a nice link to Aston Martin racing stripes.
Overall, it’s a spectacular piece, but it does have one drawback: it’s more exclusive than an actual Aston Martin. Only 18 of them are available and by the time you read this they’ve probably all been sold. We’ll see if they actually go to Aston Martin owners.
In the meantime, this looks to be the start of a beautiful friendship between the brands. Let’s just hope the next edition is a little less one-sided. Or a Laureato. I really like the Laureato.
Price & Specs:
Model: Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon With Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Limited Edition
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter x 15.52mm height, grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment, bridges in black PVD for the dial
Movement: In-house calibre GP09400-1683, automatic, 27 jewels, 260 parts
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 60h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds (on tourbillon)
Strap: Alligator leather with rubber effect
Price/Availability: CHF 129,100 / £93,900 GBP / $146,000 USD, limited to 18 pieces
More details at Girard-Perregaux.