La Esmeralda Tourbillon
La Esmeralda Tourbillon
  • New creation
  • Limited edition

La Esmeralda Tourbillon "A Secret" Eternity Edition

$447,000
Non-binding recommended retail price in USD (VAT excluded)
La Esmeralda is the famous prize-winning pocket watch made for the ‘Exposition Universelle’ in 1889. This legendary pocket watch blended extraordinary precision with several artistic crafts. As the Manufacture celebrates its 230-year anniversary, it has revisited its iconic timepiece of 1889 and created a wristwatch that both celebrates the Maison’s heritage and showcases its amassed and considerable know-how. La Esmeralda Tourbillon "A Secret" Eternity Edition will be offered in seven different colourways, each produced on request for a maximum of eighteen pieces per colour.
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Key features
La Esmeralda Tourbillon "A Secret" Eternity Edition
99274-52-3161-5CC
  • Watch
    • Case
      • Case material :
        pink gold, engraved and enamelled
      • Diameter :
        43 mm
      • Thickness :
        15.1 mm
      • Case-back :
        the red enamelled secret cover reveals a sapphire crystal
      • Dial :
        hand-guilloché, red enamel with a sunray motif
      • Water resistance :
        30 m
    • Strap
      • Strap material :
        alligator leather
      • Buckle :
        engraved pink gold triple folding buckle
  • Movement
    • Calibre
      • Number :
        GP09600
      • Mechanism :
        self-winding mechanical
      • Total Diameter :
        32.00 mm (14 ¼''')
      • Height :
        7.68 mm
      • Frequency :
        21,600 Vib/h - (3Hz)
      • Number of Parts :
        323
      • Number of Jewels :
        31
      • Oscillating weight :
        white gold micro-rotor
      • Power Reserve :
        min. 50h
    • Functions
      • hours and minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon, tourbillon
La Esmeralda Tourbillon

A re-interpretation of the legend. An eternal charm.

In 2021, as Girard-Perregaux celebrated its 230th anniversary, the Manufacture unveiled La Esmeralda Tourbillon "A Secret" Eternity Edition, a wristwatch employing the Maison’s legendary watchmaking know-how as well as encompassing an array of artistic crafts, executed to an exceptional standard. This latest creation re-interprets the design of the legendary 1889 ‘La Esmeralda’ pocket watch and references many of its extraordinary refinements. However, it is not a facsimile of what has gone before, but a tasteful homage to Constant Girard’s prize-winning watch of yesteryear. It is perfectly in tune with the expectations of a modern-day audience but respects La Esmeralda and seeks to capture its eternal charm. La Esmeralda Tourbillon "A Secret" Eternity Edition is introduced as part of the Eternity Edition series, paying homage the eternal beauty of enamel. This contemporary Interpretation has taken use this métier d'art one step further than Its historical forebearer, extending the enamelling onto the outer case sides and lugs - all of which has been executed in-house. The back of the watch's red enamelled secret cover features three horses, again inspired by the original La Esmeralda and adorned with a sunray guilloché decoration and red grand feu enamel. The horses return, but their origin remains an enigma or, as they say at the Manufacture, ‘an equine mystery’.

La Esmeralda Tourbillon
La Esmeralda Tourbillon
La Esmeralda Tourbillon
The Calibre GP09600

The Calibre GP09600

Three Gold Bridges span the dial, similar to those fitted to La Esmeralda of 1889. However, on this latest model, Girard-Perregaux has once again made the invisible visible by bringing the horses engraved on the back case of the original pocket watch up to centre stage of this new timepiece. Indeed, two hand-engraved galloping horses form the right and left ends of the barrel bridge and tourbillon bridge. Each bridge is painstakingly finished and features concave bevelling, mirror-polishing, flanks with horizontal ‘traits-tirés’ and rounded off arms. It requires 40 hours to finish each bridge, while the additional engraving found on the barrel bridge and tourbillon takes an extra 50 hours to complete.

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