Aventurine is a spectacular material. You’ve probably seen it before, a midnight blue sparkling like the night sky. Understandably it tends to be the go-to finish for any watch with links to astrology – your moon phases, calendars, etc. – but it works just as well in a subtle dress watch. Enter the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Orion trilogy.
The three watches are pretty simple by Girard-Perregaux standards: they’re round, minimal, time and date dress pieces. At 40mm in diameter they’re svelte and smart, with indexes rather than numerals and equipped with the GP03300-0132 calibre automatic movement, complete with a 46-hour power reserve.
As you might have already guessed, that’s because the star of the show (pun entirely intended) is the aventurine. All three watches use the material as the dial, which is busy enough that you generally want to keep things minimal around it. There is a subtle variation within the collection however.
The rose gold and stainless steel versions use the traditional blue aventurine in its midnight hues. The black DLC version however opts for an equally pitch dark variation on aventurine. It’s a subtle twist, but one that turns an evening dress watch into an incredibly cool stealth piece.
Whether that’s enough to offer these three as a trilogy rather than just within the overall 1966 collection is open for debate. But regardless of the answer, the Orion pieces are lovely. Nothing ground-breaking, but then not everything needs to be; sometimes a nice dial goes a long way.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Orion
Ref: 49555-11-631-BB6D (steel with black DLC treatment) 49555-11-435-BB4A (blue and steel) 49555-52-431-BB4A (blue and pink gold)
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 9.40mm height, steel with black DLC treatment, steel or pink gold
Water Resistance: 30 metres (3 bar)
Movement: Calibre GP03300-0139, automatic
Frequency: 28,000 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 46h
Functions: Hours, minutes, centre seconds, date
Strap: Alligator leather
Price: Steel DLC (CHF 9,500); steel (CHF 8,700); pink gold (CHF 17,900)
More details at Girard Perregaux’s website.