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Baselworld 2013: Girard-Perregaux Launches New Traveller Watch Collection

by Jonathan Fairfield
23 April, 2013
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Due to be showcased at Baselworld 2013, Girard-Perregaux has launched two updated versions of the brand’s famous WW.TC watch collection. The two new models include the imaginatively named Moon Phases and Large Date Watch(pictured above) and the new WW.TC model.

This follows the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement, which will also be a big talking point at Baselworld later this month.

The World Wide Time Control (WW.TC) or Traveller Collection, as it is now known, has been around for a while and is popular amongst globe-trotting fans of GP. And for good reason – the collection offers all the elegance you’d expect to find on a Girard-Perregaux watch whilst also showcasing a more modern and sportier side of the brand.

Girard-Perregaux Traveller ww.tc Watch

 

 

The new ww.tc watch is driven by an in house GP03300-0083/84 automatic movement which is made up of 476 individual parts and decorated with 63 jewels. Providing a power reserve of 46 hours, the movement also supports a world time complication, date display and 12 hour chronograph.

Whilst the new ww.tc looks very similar to the existing range of WW.TC chronographs, there are a few notable differences included in the new version.

First and foremost, the world time crown, which is normally found at 9 o’clock has been removed, with the feature no longer being controlled from the main crown at the position of 3 o’clock.

 

 

Upon looking closer at the watch, there is certainly plenty to take in from the opaline dial, which is edged by a beveled ring displaying 24 cities, as well as the 24hour night/day display disk. The date display can be found at the position of 2 o’clock, with 30 minutes and small seconds counter found at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively. There is also a 12 hour display at 6 o’clock.

 

 

The dial offers excellent readability and even though the ww.tc watch might look complicated to operate, it is actually really straightforward to use. All of the watch’s functions can be operated by the single screw crown found at 3 o’clock. The crown has 3 operating positions: the first sets the city index, the second sets the date and the third is used to set the time, minute and 24 hour display ring.

Finished with a black alligator strap, the Girard-Perregaux Traveller ww.tc watch is available in three other versions: matte black dial, opaline dial and titanium case or an opaline dial with a steel case and black ceramic bezel. From 15,000 CHF (approx £10,500)

Girard-Perregaux Moon Phases and Large Date Watch

 

The second of the new additions to the Traveller collection is the Girard-Perregaux Moon Phases and Large Date watch. The watch is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case which has been satin brushed and polished and includes an opaline dial with a plunging beveled minute scale. The applied hour markers and minute hands are coated with a luminescent material.

At the position of 12 o’clock, just under the GP logo, you’ll find a large date window, with the moon phases and small seconds dial displayed in between 7 and 8 o’clock. The power reserve is displayed between 4 and 5 o’clock.

The watch is driven by the GP03300-0080/81 automatic movement which beats at 28,800vph and has a 46hr power reserve.

 

 

Because of the innovative design of the Moon Phases and Large Date watch, the power reserve and moon phases display mechanisms are linked directly to the watch’s barrel. This means that the incredibly precise moon display is presented on the wheel in continuous rotation, that needs only to be adjusted by one day every 122 years. Also take note of the incredible detail which is found on the moon display – it’s very realistic.

The display mechanism used in the watch is based on an in house patented system that incorporates two disks – one transparent and the other matte black. These disks are just 0.10mm thick and overlap each other without any borderline. From 12,000 CHF (approx £8,400).

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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