Girard-Perregaux has unveiled the Neo Constant Escapement watch, the latest iteration of its GPHG award-winning time-teller from 2013.
Back in July, the Swiss watchmaker debuted a pink gold version as its participating timepiece for this year’s Only Watch auction. Just like the one-off model, the new watch embraces the same innovative openworked dial, along with other updated technical and aesthetic improvements.
With fewer components than its 2013 ancestor, the newly iterated timepiece serves as a testament to Girard-Perregaux’s ongoing efforts for optimization, as opposed to simply crafting highly complex timekeepers. Cased in titanium, the Neo Constant Escapement measures 45mm in diameter which frames its intricate and near-symmetrical dial design.
A noteworthy feature that needs to be highlighted is the silicium escapement spring, which functions as the regulating organ. It’s fitted with an ultra-fine blade that was developed using DRIE (Deep Reactive Ion Etching) technology. The spring boasts a thickness of only 120 microns, while the blade itself comes at only 14 microns in width — significantly thinner than an average piece of human hair.
Just like the Only Watch edition, the reference is equipped with an impressive 7-day power reserve, powered by the watchmaker’s own GP09200-1153 movement. The hand-wound mechanical caliber is also geared with a COSC-certified chronometer, complete with a frequency of 21,600 vph.
As finishing touches, the Neo Constant Escapement is paired with a subtle rubber strap, designed to emulate the appearance of textiles, all without sacrificing waterproofness. The new timepiece is set to retail at $99,600 USD and is available for inquiry via Girard-Perregaux.
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