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Girard Perregaux

An epic saga

An epic saga
Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest fine watchmaking Manufactures still in operation in Switzerland today. Our history is dotted with exceptional creations that bridge aesthetics and functionality to reveal the value of time since 1791. Girard-Perregaux has given rise to genuine innovations from the Three Bridges of Constant Girard-Perregaux, to the iconic Constant Escapement L.M. The later enabled us to solve a problem occupying the watchmaking world for over five centuries: that of constant force. The boundless creativity of our master watchmakers continues to enrich Girard-Perregaux's epic saga to this day.

The Quest for Excellence

For over two centuries, our watches have marked far more than time. They reflect our ability to bridge between the past and future. Between technical mastery and iconic design. Between functionality and aesthetics. Our name itself is born from a union, the marriage between Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux.

 

Narrative 1
1791, Geneva

The epic saga begins

1791, Geneva

The epic saga begins

Narrative 1

When Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux married in 1854, they joined more than two Swiss watchmaking families in La Chaux-de-Fonds. They soon created an Atelier in 1856 at the vanguard of horological innovation that would set bold new standards for watchmakers worldwide in a tradition that continues today. Yet, there is another union in our epic saga. In 1906, Girard-Perregaux acquired the Maison of Jean-François Bautte of Geneva. We trace our roots back to Bautte’s first launch in 1791 with designs that revealed the beauty of time with extraordinarily thin, jewelled cases.

From Queen Victoria of England to the French writer, Alexandre Dumas. From Chinese emperors to Indian maharaja, Bautte’s designs captured the imagination of royals and aristocrats worldwide. With the merger, these prestige clients now turned to Girard-Perregaux for the timepieces of their fantasies. Girard-Perregaux would go beyond Bautte’s enamel, pearls and gemstones to make the technical elements of watches works of art. The merger set in motion two centuries of Haute Horological excellence, bridging aesthetics and functionality to reveal the value of time. A tradition that continues to this day from our Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

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Manufacture status

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Manufacture status

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Narrative 2

Surrounded by the Jura mountains in Western Switzerland, our Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds is the heart of Girard-Perregaux. A city elevated to UNESCO World Heritage status for its excellence in watchmaking.

Girard-Perregaux is one of the rare watchmakers in Switzerland to retain Manufacture status for over two centuries by mastering all the required horological skills in-house. Our Manufacture is both a source of pride in our heritage and wonder for our master watchmakers. The incredible landscapes, elegant architecture and storied history of the region are a continuous source of inspiration for us all.

INNOVATION
A timeless tradition of

INNOVATION

A timeless tradition of

INNOVATION

INNOVATION

Since our founding we have audaciously turned the world of watchmaking upside down – literally – to reveal the art in precision engineering. Our Tourbillon ‘With Three Gold Bridges’ transformed Bridges in the 1860s from just a technical element into a visible and integral part of the timepiece, a first in watchmaking. Presented as a first prototype in 2008 and manufactured as of 2013, the Constant Escapement L.M. is yet another technical revolution from Girard-Perregaux featured in the Bridges collection. It solved a problem occupying our profession for over five centuries: that of constant force. The watch was awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

in the spirit of
In the spirit of

REINVENTING OUR ICONS

In the spirit of

REINVENTING OUR ICONS

in the spirit of

In 1975, Girard-Perregaux was one of the first companies to offer a sporty elegant model equipped with an octagonal bezel and an integrated steel bracelet. The design of the Laureato has since become known for its enchanting interplay of straight lines and curves and blend of polished and satin-brushed surfaces. It embraces the notion of ‘sporty-chic’ while also complementing formal attire. Its extraordinary versatility has led to its iconic status. To celebrate our bicentenary in 1991, we presented a version of the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, miniaturised to wristwatch size. In the spirit of reinventing our icons in 2016, we launched the sublime Haute Horlogerie piece La Esmeralda Tourbillon in tribute to our original 19th century pocket chronometer.

In 1889, the original La Esmeralda Tourbillon was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition. The Tourbillon we reinvented in 2016 to mark our 225th anniversary is yet another watchmaking icon for all brands and for all ages. Continuing our tradition of bridging between technical mastery and iconic design, this year we revealed the Free Bridge. It pushes the boundaries of design and innovation with ‘aerial bridges’ and a sculptural movement featuring an escapement made of high-tech silicon.