Girard-Perregaux, one of the founding brands of SIHH, returns to the event after a long hiatus with a clutch of interesting watches, but what had everyone talking was the debut of the 1966 WW.TC, a dressier take on the manufacture’s world timer chronograph. The WW.TC, the abbreviation for World Wide Time Control, is instantly recognizable because of the two characteristic crowns on either side of the case.
A classic look for a world timer, the watch has a rotating 24-hour disc on an opaline dial surrounding the chapter ring and features two black/white semi-circles to distinguish between day and night. Why two crowns at 9 and 3 o’clock? Well, the first serves to position the reference city at noon; and the second to adjust the hours and minutes – with which the 24-hour disc is automatically synchronized.
Dauphine hands, a slim polished bezel and a subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’ clock round off an elegant case design. Despite the modular structure of the movement, the watch is a modest 40 mm wide and 12 mm thick.
The 1966 WW.TC runs a manufacture automatic movement fitted with an additional module developed in-house and comes with a 46-hour power reserve. The focus has been on ease of use, so the caliber enables the time and reference city to be set in both directions.
The transparent case-back reveals a mechanism meticulously straight-grained, chamfered, circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC is available in two versions: in pink gold and stainless steel.
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