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Girard-Perregaux - Vintage 1945 Small Second 70th Anniversary

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In 1945 Girard-Perregaux designed a watch inspired by Art Deco principles: geometry, structural coherence and simplicity. The watch featured a very simple structure with a a rectangular case extended by lugs, symmetric design and curved sides incorporating the crown.  The alternation of materials - gold and steel - was typical of the Art Deco period.

Fifty  years later, in 1995, a re-edition of the original model reappeared in the Girard-Perregaux Museum collections. Like the original, the 1995 model was characterised by rectangular angles highlighted by gadroons, elongated horns, curved case perfectly fitting the wrist and a discreetly integrated crown.

The "Vintage 1945" model created in 1995

The "Vintage 1945" collection was born. Several model variations were presented in the following years including, in 2004, a Vintage 1945 model integrating another symbol of the brand: the Three Gold Bridges.

This year, Girard-Perregaux celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Vintage 1945 collection, with the Vintage 1945 Small Second 70th Anniversary edition, a modern reinterpretation of the original model.


The new model, unveiled at Baselworld 2015, features a two-toned pink gold and steel case (36,20 x 35,25 mm) arched in both directions to reduce its presence on the wrist while making the fit more ergonomic. The crown integrated in the middle fades to better enhance the watch profile.

The case back, secured by four screws, is satin-finished and engraved with the Vintage 1945 anniversary logo.


Like the case, the dial has a doubly-curved shape, a feat that makes the creation of this timepiece very complex. The hours are marked by applied Arabic numerals which take the pink gold colour of the bezel.


The dauphine-shaped minute and hour hands are faceted and delicately curved by hand to follow the shape of the dial whose symmetry and balance is not affected at all by the small second indication at 6 o'clock.

The watch is powered by the GP03300-0051 in-house movement with automatic winding. Equipped with a minimum 46-hour power reserve, it beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).

The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Small Second 70th Anniversary Edition (ref. 25880-56-111-BBBA) is completed by a brown alligator strap with folding clasp and has a retail price of US$ 13,050. girard-perregaux.com


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