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Tourbillon With Three Flying Bridges | Aston Martin | Paddock Magazine
June 1, 2021
New Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Version celebrates the shared passions of the 2 luxurious manufacturers. That is the primary timepiece to be supplied after Girard-Perregaux was introduced because the Official Watch Associate of Aston Martin in February.
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The primary timepiece borne of the lately introduced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin has been revealed in the present day. The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Version unites the watchmaking experience of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s distinctive information of luxurious and efficiency.
Each manufacturers exhibit a ardour for refined craftsmanship and have been working collectively, sharing their understanding of design, supplies and expertise. This newest mannequin celebrates the long-lasting Three Bridges pocket watch from the nineteenth century in a decidedly modern means, right down to the smallest particulars, together with the strap. The latter is a world premiere, introduced in black calf leather-based and that includes Rubber Alloy, an revolutionary rubber insert injected with white gold. The design of the strap is meant to evoke ideas of Aston Martin racing vehicles of the previous.
Upholding Girard-Perregaux custom, this mannequin skilfully performs with proportions and shapes a lot to the delight of aesthetes.
The 44-millimetre case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Version is fashioned of Grade 5 titanium, a powerful, hypoallergenic alloy chosen by Aston Martin for its light-weight properties. It’s suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), bestowing the watch with a stealthy look. Curiously, titanium ore was found in Nice Britain, the house of Aston Martin, again in 1791 by an English clergyman, William Gregor, in the identical yr Girard-Perregaux was based.
A sapphire crystal ‘field’ is positioned in entrance of the home, in addition to to the rear, coaxing gentle to light up the case inside, thereby augmenting readability. The motion eschews the principle plate, sitting between each panes of sapphire crystal and seemingly floating in mid-air. Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are fashioned of titanium with black PVD (Bodily Vapour Deposition) therapy and polished angles.
The design endows the timepiece with an ethereal look, affording breathtaking views of motion parts ordinarily hidden from view. Whereas Girard-Perregaux has a protracted historical past of constructing the invisible seen, on this occasion it has ventured off-piste, making a watch whose motion seems to levitate inside the case. That is achieved by paring again the motion, inflicting the principle plate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the phantasm of the motion flying inside the case. It was this specific attribute that led to the time period ‘Flying Bridges’.
The cage of the tourbillon, positioned within the decrease portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped’, a attribute discovered on all the corporate’s tourbillons relationship again to the nineteenth century. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the operating seconds. The tourbillon cage, measuring a mere 10mm in diameter, consists of 79 parts which collectively weigh solely 0.25 grams. This remarkably low determine helps mitigate vitality consumption.
The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is open-worked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and, in contrast to most automated watches, it grants unobstructed views of the motion. The automotive firm’s title is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is full of white luminescent therapy which seems blue in restricted gentle. Likewise, the indexes and arms are additionally handled with white luminescent therapy and, as soon as once more, emit a blue glow in dim gentle.
Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, stated:
“We’re delighted to associate with Aston Martin, entrusting their staff with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a contemporary perspective on Haute Horlogerie. Not often will we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, nevertheless, on this event, we’ve made an exception, aware of Aston Martin’s prowess for design.
“When viewing the design of an Aston Martin, you’ll observe the agency’s distinctive entrance grille, first seen on the DB Mark III of the late 50s. Likewise, the scoops and facet strakes discovered on the corporate’s modern-day fashions are practical components, supposed to enhance airflow whereas enriching the general look of every automotive.”
“At Girard-Perregaux, we share an analogous philosophy. For instance, when the Maison launched the now-legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges in 1867, it reworked three practical components into enticing aesthetic options and demonstrated an strategy that we proceed to make use of in the present day. Lastly, this newest partnership offers a captivating chapter in Girard-Perregaux’s 230-year historical past.”
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Govt Vice President and Chief Inventive Officer provides:
‘The best of the challenges we confronted with the design of this new timepiece have been these of scale, as you may think about. We needed to contemplate strains and proportion on a much smaller scale than we’re used to within the realm of automotive design. That stated, good design is sweet design, whether or not it’s a watch or a automotive, the rules stay the identical. I’m delighted with the completed watch and congratulate everybody who labored on this challenge as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of nice magnificence.
The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Version, a restricted version of 18 items, is instantly obtainable worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers.
Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges by Girard-Perregaux – Aston Martin Version
Case materials – titanium DLC, diameter – 44 mm, case – again sapphire crystal ‘field’, dial – no dial, water-resistance – 30m