One of the new watches presented by Girard-Prerregraux at BaselWorld 2013 is the elegant and classic 1966 Column-wheel Chronograph.
Two dials are available: opaline silvered or anthracite. Both have relief hour markers in the same color as the case and a railroad minute circle. The tachymeter is integrated in a contrasting zone, as are the small second and the chronograph minutes counter. The hands are diamond-polished. The date appears at 6 o’clock inside a raised window.
Water resistance is to 30 meters.
The new Girard-Perrgaux 1966 Chronograph houses the hand-wound calibre GP 03800, a brand new column-wheel chronograph movement numbering 312 components with a thickness of just 5.40 mm.
The display of the chronograph includes a central direct-drive second hand and a jumping minutes counter; that is to say that the small hand jumps from one minute to the next in a fraction of a second, making it much easier to read than the usual continuous mechanism. The core of this integrated chronograph is of course the column wheel with its lateral clutch.
Special care has been applied to the finishing: the bridges are beveled and decorated with côtes de Genève, the steels parts, also beveled, are finished with hand-drawn strokes and wheels are circular-grained.