Titled the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition, this is the first timepiece to be offered after Girard-Perregaux was announced as Official Watch Partner of Aston Martin back in February
Back in February, Girard-Perregaux announced a partnership with the iconic luxury British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. However, the collaborative timepiece was basically absent, until earlier this month. Enter The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition, the modern interpretation of the watchmaker’s signature complication.
Appearance-wise, the limited 18-piece model skillfully plays with proportions and shapes. The 44mm case is formed of Grade 5 titanium—a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its lightweight properties—and also a black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance.
The brand’s iconic signature “Three Bridges” span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and polished angles. The design then endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, creating a watch whose movement appears to levitate within the case.
Of particular note, this is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the main plate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. In short, it was this particular characteristic that led to the term “Flying Bridges.”
On the other hand, the cage of the tourbillon is positioned in the lower portion of the dial in a ‘lyre-shape,’ a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century, while a blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds.
Another highlight in this collaborative piece is definitely the car company’s name, which is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light.
Aside to that, there’s also the world premiere of its strap. The strap is presented in black calf leather featuring Rubber Alloy, an innovative rubber insert injected with white gold. More importantly, the design of the strap is intended to evoke thoughts of Aston Martin racing cars of the past.
Overall, as the partnership’s first model, both brands demonstrate a passion for refined craftsmanship and have been working together, sharing their understanding of design, materials and technology. “We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on Haute Horlogerie. This latest partnership provides a fascinating chapter in Girard-Perregaux’s 230-year history,” explains Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, in closing.
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