Many major adventures in history have contributed to the birth of many legendary watches. The world time function is one of them. Its birth, like the great inventions of railways and civil aviation, rewrites the development of human civilization. Since 1791, Girard-Perregaux has been leading the development of watch technology, and now re-interprets the legendary ‘WW.TC’ style. This practical feature is the first 1966 fashion urban watch series to join the brand, keeping up with the pulse of the global era.
In 2016, Girard-Perregaux, a long-established GP, celebrated 225 years in history, looking back on the brand’s many iconic designs. Back in the 18th century, watchmaker François Bautte had successfully developed ultra-thin models and automatic watches. In the 19th century, the brand stunned the altar with the great design of the Sanjinqiao Tourbillon, and Constant Girard-Perregaux won the award at the 1889 Universal Exposition. In the mid-twentieth century, the brand’s R & D department-the few remaining units today-introduced the first high-frequency movement ‘Gyromatic hF’ that vibrates 36,000 times per hour. During this time, Girard-Perregaux won the Neuchatel Observatory Centennial Award in 1966 for its timekeeping function. In the 21st century, the brand has adopted the ‘constant power escapement system’ developed by the silicone buckle, which has achieved an initiative of the brand and the international watch industry.
1966 ‘1966 WW.TC’ watch stainless steel or 18K rose gold case, diameter 40 mm, hours, minutes, small seconds, world time, with day and night display, GP03300 automatic winding movement, power reserve at least 46 hours, waterproof 30 Meter, alligator leather strap or stainless steel chain strap.
GP Girard-Perregaux currently holds 80 patents, with comprehensive and superb watchmaking skills, movement research and development and a number of processing skills. ‘WW.TC’ symbolizes the ultimate interpretation of the brand’s skills. With a noble tradition of short-term computing and the essence of fine watchmaking, GP Girard-Perregaux is one of the very few brands in the world to combine timekeeping with world time functions. This initiative led to the birth of ‘WW.TC’, whose name means ‘World Wide Time Control’. The crown on both sides of the case has become one of the most representative models of the brand.
Girard Perregaux 1966 WW.TC watch in rose gold with alligator strap
The brand did not stop because of the birth of this watch, but continued to explore relentlessly in terms of creativity. The world time function was originally designed for tourists, but now it is valued by those who follow the global pulse. This watch reads the time in 24 cities around the world in real time-extremely useful for global communication and connection. The new ‘1966 WW.TC’ watch is the first of its kind in the 1966 series. In addition to superb watchmaking technology, it is very easy to read and handle. On the periphery of the minute circle is a rotatable 24-hour counter with a semi-circular black / white ring to distinguish day and night. Use the crown at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock to adjust the settings of the watch: the former can set the reference city at noon time; the latter can adjust the time and minute display; the 24-hour time dial will be automatically synchronized.
Girard Perregaux 1966 WW.TC stainless steel version with crocodile leather strap
‘1966 WW.TC’ has its own movement developed by the brand, plus additional components developed by itself, and has a 46-hour power reserve. In addition to exquisite polishing and modification, the time and reference city can be set in both directions to break through the restrictions of most movements on the market. The small seconds display at 6 o’clock is also a reliable indicator of operation.
Girard Perregaux 1966 WW.TC stainless steel style with stainless steel bracelet
Girard Perregaux’s 1966 collection pays tribute to this important year. The collection has seven unique and elegant features: a slim case with a polished bezel and extra-large creamy white dial, sapphire crystal glass, and logo. Sexual leaf pointer. The back of the see-through watch reveals the precision components of the watch, and the processing effects of ruled, chamfered, rounded and Geneva ripples have been created. The Girard Perregaux watch ‘1966 WW.TC’ is available in two versions: one is in rose gold with a black alligator strap; the other is in stainless steel.