Bucherer is likely one of the world’s largest watch retailers. If this venerable firm was based in 1888, Bucherer retains an eye fixed on the long run as might be seen with a number of of their initiatives, amongst which is the creation of the Bucherer BLUE idea. Introduced in 2016, it consists of gathering completely different manufacturers below the identical artistic platform with a shared DNA, and the desire to current modern, artistic collaborations. A part of the 2022 Bucherer BLUE editions is a hanging tackle the Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon With Three Flying Bridges.
The Girard-Perregaux Three Bridge Tourbillon is among the many most emblematic tourbillon watches (and actions) in watchmaking, with roots going again to the second half of the 19th century. Again then, Fixed Girard-Perregaux was among the many first watchmakers to check the motion of its pocket watches not solely as a technical factor however as a design factor in its personal proper. The tourbillon with three gold bridges referred to as La Esmeralda, topped by a gold medal on the 1889 Paris Common exhibition, is considered probably the most achieved and attribute embodiment of his work. The distinctive structure of its majestic motion (patented in 1884), with three parallel arrow-shaped bridges, is an absolute horological icon.
Quick ahead 200 years, Girard-Perregaux reinterpreted this signature design into wristwatches with a number of iterations. Amongst these, the Neo was introduced in 2014. This model of the three-bridge tourbillon stands out with the modernized form of its bridges. As a substitute of being flat (or rounded), these are arched and openworked, additional enhancing the architectural character of the motion.
It’s particularly this contemporary model, Tourbillon With Three Flying Bridges, that was elected by Bucherer to create a BLUE restricted version with Girard-Perregaux. The results of this collaboration might be one of the trendy, dynamic interpretations of this horological icon.
The very first thing to catch the attention is of course the transparency and the skeletonization work. Known as Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges, the motion appears to be actually floating contained in the clear case. Its components are held in place by two units of three bridges. Made out of titanium, these have been blued for the event. The color was obtained because of an ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) remedy. And on the entrance, you may see contrasting anglages. Its micro-rotor is hidden beneath the skeletonized barrel. This good technical answer patented by GP within the Nineties gives the consolation of automated winding whereas holding the emblematic structure of the motion intact. One other signature function, the grade 5 titanium cage of the one-minute tourbillon, has a lyre form and can be utilized to learn seconds. The ability reserve is of 60 hours and the motion runs at 21,600 vibrations/hour. Final, as at all times with Girard-Perregaux tourbillon watches, the finishes are top-notch. Noblesse oblige.
The 44mm case is made out of titanium. The lugs are polished prime and backside, whereas the perimeters are brushed. It options two domed sapphire crystals providing a wide ranging view of the mechanical microcosm inside. The motion is framed by a titanium ring with titanium indexes with Tremendous-LumiNova inserts. The dauphine-style palms are in white gold with Tremendous-LumiNova.
The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon With Three Flying Bridges Bucherer BLUE is worn on a gray, hand-stitched calf strap. Launched in a restricted version of solely 18 items, it retails for CHF 159,000 or EUR 167,000.