The case, with a breadth of 41mm, fuses a marginally domed gem and a cleaned, …
Early next year, during the SIHH 2012 event, the best swiss Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Seconds replica (Ref. 49526-52-111-BK6A)automatic wrist watch. Like the recently presented Ermenegildo Zegna by Girard-Perregaux Monterubello Solo Tempo that was designed for the major Italian fashion brand, the timepiece features a more subdued, even more soothing color scheme sporting an off-white dial with hand-grained finish, blued steel hands and black, Breguet-styled Arabic numerals.
To make the watch look as authentic as possible, Girard-Perregaux decided to ditch the transparent case back in favor of a more relevant solid cover, which is engraved with a finely executed “220th Anniversary” inscription (of course, in French,) as well as tactfully reminds us that the brand was established in 1791 and since then was honored with a Gold Medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris for its “La Esmeralda” pocket watch. A year later at the same exhibition, the watch was recognized as having no peer so the brand did not participate in the contest and was nominated as member of the jury.
In its statement, the Swiss watchmaker underlines that the timekeeper is inspired by vintage Girard-Perregaux pocket watches from the late 19th century. Based on their current Ref. 49526-79-131-BK6A model with palladium case that also belongs to their classic 1966 Collection, the new limited edition model comes in a similarly shaped (but 0.03 mm thinner) 18-carat rose gold body.
Since Girard-Perregaux 1966 copy watches of that time were still regarded as objects of conspicuous consumption, but primarily served a purpose of telling time, there were no issues with their legibility. So, as you can see on the pictures, the new GP 1966 Small Seconds, too, offers a clean, easy to read layout with a small seconds indicator at 9 hours perfectly balanced by a small date window at 3 o’clock.
The best fake Girard-Perregaux copy watch will go on sale next year at a very limited production run of just 100 pieces. I am still not sure about price, but it probably will be quite expensive.