Girard-Perregaux has unveiled a trio of watches in its ultra-thin 1966 collection that is designed to invoke a sky full of stars thanks to its aventurine dial. Of the two timepieces, one is cased in pink gold while the other two feature steel and steel with a black DLC-coated cases.
Though the Swiss brand has focused more on its Laureato and Laureato Absolute lines in recent times, the 1966 appeals to those consumers who have more of a classical taste. The 1966 line is a homage to some of the brand’s most iconic models and features delicately convex sides and a round shape evoking the first pocket watches.
The Orion is a trio of watches is inspired the three stars that make up the belt of the Orion constellation. To recap, in Greek mythology Zeus placed a giant huntsman among the stars as the constellation Orion. The choice of aventurine dials is fitting given the stone’s ability to invoke a sky full of stars due to its characteristic pattern. Incidentally, the constellation is known as Shen to Chinese astronomers. To them, he’s not a huntsman but a great warrior doing battle in the sky with a belt of three stars.
The case is 40 mm wide and slim at 9.40 mm thick. The case is water-resistant to 30 meters and is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal with an anti-glare coating. The domed aventurine dial contrasts well against the three case materials. While blue aventurine is used for the pink gold and black DLC steel case, a black aventurine dial is used on the steel cased timepiece. It should be mentioned here that curving the thin aventurine dial into its doomed shape is a triumph of craftsmanship for aventurine is as brittle and delicate as glass. There is a date window on the dial at 3 o’ clock and time is indicated by slender leaf-shaped hands. Tapered applied hour markers lend a real minimalist elegance to the watch.
All three cases are fitted with an exhibition caseback that offers views of the movement, the self-winding GP03300-0132. An extremely slim automatic caliber at just 3.36 mm, the plate and bridges of this movement are meticulously finished. The edges are all beveled and the bridges feature finishing techniques like circular-graining and are adorned with Côtes de Genève decoration. The movement has a power reserve of 46 hours and an escapement that beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph). The pink gold version is powered by Caliber GP03300-0139, the only difference being the presence of a pink gold rotor here.
All three versions are fitted with leather straps with tang buckles that correspond to the case material. While the steel version is priced at CHF8,700, the pink gold Orion is priced at CHF17,900 and the steel DLC number is CHF9,500.