Several watch companies have impeccable standards, use the best materials available and have a tradition of excellence. They produce amazing time pieces that are passed down and treasured by generations to come. Then there are watch companies that do all that and simply have that extra something to make them classics; that takes them one step forward and make them a statement, a benchmark of human excellence. The Girard-Perregaux Chronograph has all the levels of manufacturing excellence, plus that extra bit of character to make it a classic watch.
Often enough classic is confused with antiquated. However, in its case the Girard-Perregaux Chronograph doesn’t only use the latest technologies available but the manufacturing process that creates the ceramic case is extremely complex and intricate. The case starts off as a ceramic powder made mostly out of zirconium oxide. It is then mixed with an array of polymers and baked in a 1500 degree Celsius oven until the hard, smooth perfect case is obtained. It isn’t only hard but also proves to be quite resistant to wear and tear while being light and hypoallergenic for those with a predisposition to certain rashes.
A beautiful watch fit for people with exquisite taste, the Girard Perregaux Chrono Hawk is definitely something to wish for. Although this collection dates from the 40’s it managed to have a new 21 century look in this remade version. The watch features a chronograph and it seems that the brand managed to get more attention to sports watches too.
Although this watch features a classic look, it’s definitely a modern improvement to the old watch and certainly to the Girard-Perregax watches, creating a whole new market for their products and perhaps attracting younger customers. This watch series definitely focuses a lot on getting more resistant and rougher watches and it probably managed to do so in a very high end way.
One of the latest additions of the TAG Heuer Women collection belongs to their famous Formula 1 traditional series, inspired, adored and advertised by some important figures of the car racing world such as Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, David Coulthard, Kimi Raïkkönen and Fernando Alonso.
Incorporating an electrically powered movement, whose quarts crystals vibrate at a rate of 32.768 times per second, the TAG Heuer Ladies’ Formula 1 Quartz White Ceramic and Diamonds (ref. WAH1213.BA0861) continues the house’s tradition of bringing highly elegant and extremely precise timepieces on the market.
A member of the IWC Portuguese family, Reference 5023 launched in 2009 confirms once again the Swiss company’s ability to turn science into an exquisite art and to combine high precision, innovation and cutting edge technology with distinguished elegance.
A high precision device to be used by modern explorers and a tribute to this country’s past featured by great navigators like Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias and Fernando Magellan the same time, the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar has all the features the brand’s loyal customers would expect: three perpetual calendar sub-dials (one for the months at 6 o’clock, a second one indicating the days of the week at 9 o’clock and a third one for the date at 3 o’clock), a rectangular four-digit year display and a very precise moon phase display at 12 o’clock.
TAG Heuer has succeeded along the years to combine the mastership of the Swiss watch making industry with fascinating worlds. Thus, the 60s and the 70s were marked by a powerful influence coming from the car racing world, while the 80s and the 90s were featured by a strong inspiration that the Swiss manufacturers found in the world of diving and sailing.
The Aquaracer Calibre 5 model (ref. CAJ2111.BA0872), issued as a tribute to the 34th edition of America’s Cup is the latest addition to a series that was conceived as a collection of professional sports watches inspired by water sports and by the aquatic world in general. Preserving the same source of inspiration that has resulted in a whole line of solid and reliable watches (the great outdoors, the powerful ocean, the uncontrolable natural forces), this model guarantees 500m underwater resistence provided the watch is submitted to annual checks.