Girard-Perregaux’s new timepiece in the Traveller Collection.
The Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT model has been conceived by Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux as the latest in a long line of watch creations specifically designed by the brand over the years with the international traveling public in mind.
This high-performing timepiece is constructed especially to accompany the planet’s globe-trotting citizens on the road to adventure. With its evocative name, its contemporary-sized 44 mm case available in steel, in pink gold or in a limited edition dedicated to John Harrison to mark the three hundred year anniversary of the Longitude Act, its role as an invitation to travel is clearly displayed for all to see.
Conceived to meet the needs of long-distance travelers, the Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT watch aspires to be accepted into the lives of those who have chosen it, just like any other much-loved possession performing an essential function. Which explains why this new timepiece in the Traveller Collection is made to both to sit easily on the wrist and to catch the eye of watch connoisseurs in the kind of location where this model is most likely to be worn.
An obvious choice for airport lounges, very much at home in the lobbies of grand international hotels and an invaluable companion for journeys across the planet, this watch is destined to be synchronized to local time wherever it is, since it is a timepiece that is perfectly attuned to its era.
The Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT offers the wearer maximum comfort, every last detail has been attended to, from the curve of its case band to the perfect alignment of its screwed-down crown. Thanks to its ideal dimensions, generous 44 mm diameter and a slim bezel combined with a deep flange, the case offers exceptional legibility.
The date is handsomely displayed on the dial in an impressive aperture located at 12 o’clock. The information relating to the second time-zone are indicated in the counter situated between 4 and 5 o’clock, while the details concerning the moon phases are observed through the aperture opened into the permanent seconds counter.
Since every detail counts in a model such as this, the precise pattern outlined on the dial, inspired by the Earth’s interlocking meridians and parallels, gives the model an outstanding feeling of volume. In addition to acting as a subliminal invitation to travel, these lines, merging into the dial’s narrow indexes, help to draw the eye to the aperture in which the moon appears. The precision of its displays and its ultra-detailed graphic treatment combine to make this watch truly unique.
Water-resistant at up to ten atmospheres (or a depth of approx. 100 meters), the satin-brushed and polished case in steel or 18K pink gold with a 44 mm diameter and a thickness of 12.10 mm protects from external contact a GP03300-0093 self-winding manufacture caliber.
Viewed through the transparent case-back, the self-winding movement measuring 13½ lignes (equivalent to a diameter of 30.40 mm) reveals some of its components, including the oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Girard-Perregaux tourbillon bridge, and shows the great care dedicated by the Manufacture to its finishes, all undertaken in its own workshops.
Delicate but robust, this top-of-the-range watch mechanism, equipped with 35 jewels and a 46-hour power reserve, beats at 28,000 vibrations per hour, to ensure the very highest accuracy in all situations.
The Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT model is, by definition, an urban watch, the main role of which is dedicated to the theme of travel. It will seduce watch-lovers by its generous dimensions and its highly legible dial, the symmetry of which contributes to the model ‘s overall balance. Available on a large alligator-skin strap perfectly adjusted so as all the better to emphasize the thinness of the case design, this new model is attached to the wrist by means of a folding clasp so as to ensure it remains intact in all situations.
To pay tribute to the visionary genius of John Harrison, an inventor who symbolizes all the huge progress made in clockmaking during the Age of Enlightenment, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture proposes for this tercentenary year of the the Traveller Large Date, Moon Phase & GMT Tribute to John Harrison watch, in a limited-series edition restricted to 50 pieces in 18K pink gold.
Technical Details and Specific Features
The design patented by Girard-Perregaux displays the date without separating the two numerals that make up the figure. To achieve this result, the tens disk is opaque while the numerals representing the units are positioned on a transparent disk that is only 0.10 mm thick – the thickness of a piece of paper!
The superimposing of these two disks means that the 30 or 31 days of the months can be displayed in an unusual format that is highly practical for all those who wish to read the date without needing to adjust the distance they hold the watch from their eyes. Not only that, but this clever system is linked to an instant date-change, which means that it changes in a fraction of a second (specifically, 15/1000ths of a second).