A couple weeks back, we had the good fortune to attend a private preview of Girard-Perregaux’s newest timepieces, the Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk, at their Madison Avenue boutique in NYC. While not typical fare for worn&wound, given their luxury price rage, Girard-Perregaux certainly has a number of pieces that qualify for our Watch Lust column. In fact, in addition to the new Hawk series, we got our hands on some seriously beautiful examples of Girard-Perregaux’s work, including their Bi-Axial Tourbillon and 1966 Minute Repeater. And we brought along our camera for your viewing pleasure, of course.
Each of the Hawk watches are robust, combining a technical and masculine design aesthetic with the power of an in-house caliber movement. The Sea Hawk, featuring the GP03300-0074 automatic movement, is an update to an existing and long standing mainstay of the Girard-Perregaux line, while the Chrono Hawk is new to the family, and is powered by the automatic GP03300-0073. Both feature, distinct octagonal case design, with brushed steel finishing and black rubber accents. On the dial of the Sea Hawk you’ll find a power reserve indicator, date function, seconds sub-dial at ten o’clock and plongeur style hands, while the Chrono Hawk sports a more refined dial design, with far less color (steel sword hands) and simple symmetrical layout. The Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk are available today for $11,350 and $14,800 respectively.
We also couldn’t resist getting a few minutes alone with the Bi-Axial Tourbillon and 1966 Minute Repeater. These are two striking examples of haute horology at its best. The Bi-Axial features the in-house GPE07-0001 manual wind movement, with a luxurious titanium DLC case and bold yet sleek dial that displays the bi-axial tourbillon beautifully. On the wrist, the Bi-Axial is dynamic and yes, draws an ungodly amount of attention. With a limited run of eight, a Bi-Axial can be yours for around $500,000.
Meanwhile, and in stark contrast, the 1966 Minute Repeater is the model of classic and elegant simplicity. A clean white dial with blue steel hands, applied pink gold numeral markers and pink gold case sits slender on the wrist. Within the case of the 1966 however is one complicated movement, the GPE09-0002 with minute repeater function. With a pull of the lever on the left of the watch case, the in-house movement jumps into action and a small bell and hammer within the movement chime out the time. It was easy to quickly become enamored by this piece. Now if we only could get our hands on the roughly $270,000 needed to buy it.
Check out our full gallery below, with a few extra shots of the other pieces in the Girard-Perregaux boutique, including a stunning vintage chronograph.