Aston Martin & Girard Perregaux unveil an extraordinary tourbillon


The new Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is the first timepiece to be offered after Girard-Perregaux was announced as official watch partner of Aston Martin in February

Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch

June 7, 2021: Unveiling the first creation born as a result of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin, the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s knowledge of luxury and performance.

This latest model celebrates the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a contemporary way, down to the smallest details, including the strap which is presented in black calf leather and featuring Rubber Alloy. The design of the strap evokes Aston Martin racing cars of the past.

Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch

The 44 mm case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is formed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its lightweight properties. It is suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance. 

A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned front of house, as well as to the rear, coaxing light to illuminate the case interior, thereby augmenting readability. The movement eschews a mainplate, sitting between both panes of sapphire crystal and seemingly floating in mid-air. Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and polished angles. 

The design endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, affording breathtaking views of movement components ordinarily hidden from view. While Girard-Perregaux has a long history of making the invisible visible, in this instance it has ventured off-piste, creating a watch whose movement appears to levitate within the case. This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. It was this particular characteristic that led to the term ‘Flying Bridges’.

Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch 

The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped’, a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage, measuring a mere 10mm in diameter, is composed of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams. This remarkably low figure helps mitigate energy consumption. 

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is openworked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and, unlike most automatic watches, it grants unobstructed views of the movement. Aston Martin’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light. Likewise, the indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment and, once again, emit a blue glow in dim light. 

Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, said, "The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty."

The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges - Aston Martin Edition, a limited edition of 18 pieces, is available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers. One of the most exciting car and watchmaker collaborations of our times, we look forward to future projects!

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