Bautte signed his first creations and soon became well known for his extra-slim models.This masterpiece was awarded the gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibitions in 18 before being judged ineligible at the 1901 Exhibition, as none could equal it.1880 From this date onwards, the highly innovative Constant Girard developed a concept for wristwatches, originally intended for German naval officers, ordered by the German Kaiser Wilhelm I. This production represented the first mass sale of wristwatches.Here it offered the latest work from its master watchmaking department, the development of a new triple gold bridge Tourbillon with automatic mechanism, as well as the latest of its manufactured movements: an automatic rewind mechanical chronograph with column wheels which would be used in the Vintage 1945 chronograph.At the same time, the brand presented the latest model of the Girard-Perregaux Ferrari collection to commemorate the 70 anniversary of the constitution of the Scuderia Ferrari, a flyback chronograph with lightning second hand.The amplitude will increase in the next couple of hours. The tension of the friction clutch is determined by a circlips that fixes the pinion to the second wheel arbor. And the bottom plate is complete and ready for the dial. In Geneva he founded a manufacturing house that brought all of the watch making crafts together beneath the same roof, at the time a highly innovative idea...1837 Jacques Bautte and Jean Samuel Rossel succeeded the illustrious Jean-Franois Bautte, who left them a legacy of huge industrial and cultural quality. 1856 Their joint names were the origin of the Manufacturer Girard-Perregaux.1867 Constant Girard produced his triple gold bridge Tourbillon, the result of many years research into, notably, the use of gold within the movement as a purely functional metal.Constant Girard, who had anticipated this development since 1880, could now rightly be considered something of a visionary.1932 Girard-Perregaux opened a subsidiary in the United States, where the brand enjoyed considerable success throughout the American continent.1940 The second world war hardly affected the Manufactures activity; which continued to develop the Girard-Perregaux brand in Europe as well as the American continent, with the MIMO brand mostly distributed on European markets.1948 To meet the needs of a renowned international business, construction began of the building at Place Girardet 1, in Chaux-de-Fonds.
The 10 o’clock marker has come off the dial, and was lodged against other markers. The second hand is bent in the up/down and the left/right direction… I put it back into place, and very softly re-riveted its studs. A very snappy date change, with an unusual quick-set date.These again feature in the steel version of the Handmaster, which was launched last year in rectangular form.It has now been released in two rather more refined round versions, one in steel with power reserve, date and small seconds, one in rose gold just with date.The watchs mechanism was inspired by a pocket watch created by Constant Girard in 1880, which can now be seen in the Manufacture museum.The same year, the Villa Marguerite opened its doors and from April onwards, welcomed many visitors from all over the world.But the idea, considered to be too far-fetched for the time, wasnt followed through.It wasnt until the start of the next century that the wristwatch became popular, and entered industrial development to make Swiss watch making a jewel of the national economy, and now a monopoly.1890 The Manufacture became so popular that bit by bit, sales grew in South America, the United States and Japan.Secondly, the Italian luxury giant has more to offer in terms of watch culture than you might imagine. This was the brand that pioneered a whole new market segment back in the 1970s when Aldo Gucci was persuaded to fund a new watch business by Severin Wunderman (who would later make Corum a major success).Accessory brands had included watches before, but this was the first time a brand like Gucci invested serious time and money in the idea, and the effort paid off as Gucci quickly became one of the largest selling brands in the business, at one point being second only to Rolex.1981 The watchmakers at Girard-Perregaux undertook the remake of 20 examples of the famous Tourbillon triple gold bridge pocket watch.1991 To celebrate its bicentenary, the Manufacture produced a miniature version in watch dimensions of the much celebrated Tourbillon triple gold bridge pocket watch.1993 Girard-Perregaux signed a co-branding deal with FERRARI and created a flyback chronograph, produced in a limited edition, cut with the mythical little rearing horse.In November, the barrel chronograph known as the Richeville was nominated Best Watch of the Year in Japan.1994 In Basel, the Manufacture produced the entirely new mechanical extra-slim calibers GP 3000 et GP 3100 with automatic rewind, that led to a new generation of movements, GP 3200 et GP 3300.