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If you’ve been following our site and our Instagram account for a while, it won’t surprise you that we have a soft spot for Art Deco, Art Noveau or Secession… Almost everything in this style, buildings, furniture, sculptures, paintings and watches are serious eye-candy.

La Chaux-de-Fonds, the birthplace of Girard-Perregaux – has developed a significant Art Nouveau heritage, which can be observed on buildings, tiles, windows, stairways, interior and exterior decorations. The city bears Le Corbusier’s touch in various Villas, such as the Villa Fallet, the Maison Blanche or the Villa Turque.

Art Deco is a recurring source of inspiration for industrial design; this genre has been a significant influence on watch design after the WWII too. In 1945 Girard-Perregaux created a watch with a rectangular case extended by lugs, symmetric design and curved sides incorporating the crown. On the occasion of the 50th birthday of the watch, the Manufacture re-designed the piece, and called it the “Vintage 1945”.

The popular model is available in numerous versions and functions, and they are equipped with a Manufacture automatic movement, rectangular, curved shape and slightly domed dial.

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Chronograph from Girard-Perregaux Museum
Girard-Perregaux, Vintage 1945 Small Seconds
Girard-Perregaux, Vintage 1945 Small Seconds

 

Girard-Perregaux, Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges 70th anniversary

In the early 2000’s the Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges was born, combining the Vintage 1945 with the other GP specialty, the three gold bridges.

In 2015 the model celebrates its 70th anniversary with three timepieces. The back of the cases is satin-finished and engraved with the Vintage 1945 anniversary logo, echoing the shape of an Art Deco skyscraper.
The purest model in the anniversary line is the Vintage 1945 Small Second; featuring a gold and steel case, pink gold applied numerals, the dauphine-shaped minute and hour hands are perfected with an elegant brown alligator strap.

The celebration would not be complete without the Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. For the anniversary, the Manufacture showcased two white gold versions, with or without diamond-setting (totally 120 baguette-cut diamonds ~5.72 ct), both are limited editions.
The three parallel, pink gold, arrow shaped typical GP bridges look like a tiny, gorgeous architectural creation in the shape of the Art Deco case of the Vintage 1945. The tourbillon at six o’clock is assembled from 80 components with a total weight of 0.3 grams.

Girard-Perregaux, Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges 70th anniversary
Girard-Perregaux, Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges 70th anniversary

 

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