Month: January 2010

[2016 Basel] Girard Perregaux Goes Back To Classic Watch Legend

GP Girard Perregaux launched the ‘Laureato’ watch in 1975. With unprecedented watch lines, materials and movements, it has become a revolutionary legend in the international watch industry. Its name was proposed by GP Girard-Perregaux’s Italian distributors, and meant to pay tribute to the film industry. In fact, it was inspired by the Italian language of the classic film The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross.

High-quality stainless steel legend
 Looking back at the time when the watchmaking industry began to use stainless steel for advanced sports watches, historians will agree that the ‘Laureato’ launched by GP Girard-Perregaux in 1975 was the starting point for this innovation. ‘Laureato’ is made of gold from beginning to end, setting a precedent for similar watches.

 Innovating is always the purpose of Girard-Perregaux. At the time of this new design, there was no marketing concept in the watch industry.
New module design
 Laureato’s polished octagonal bezel and satin-brushed case are elements never seen before in a comprehensive bracelet watch. The exquisite bracelet-style design combines comfort and flexibility. All subsequent satin-finished bracelets with polished hinges have also been decorated with polished stripes, showing a perfect blend of shiny and matte effects. Since then, all Girard Perregaux models equipped with a gold bezel and a gold-plated bracelet have begun to use gold and sporty grey materials. When ‘Laureato’ was launched, it immediately set off a two-tone watch trend.
Innovative advanced movement

 ‘Laureato’ is famous for its fashionable design, but the brand’s research focus at that time was on technology. At that time, the Swiss watch industry began to replace the well-known balance device with a quartz movement, which inspired GP Girard-Perregaux to develop its own quartz movement. Girard Perregaux’s quartz movement has an oscillation frequency of 32,768 Hz, making it an unprecedented advanced quartz movement. The dial thus began to be engraved with the ‘Quartz Chronometer’, which means that all watches have passed the rigorous precision tests used to this day. This standard is still the international quality indicator and accepted by the international quartz movement manufacturers.
Continuous improvement process
1984: First improvements
 Legendary designs are unique because they continue to lead the way. GP Girard-Perregaux infused many complex elements into ‘Laureato’ in 1984, and added an equation movement that is widely used in astronomical indicators, which greatly enhanced the watch’s appeal and exposure.
 The bezel and integrated bracelet watch still follow the usual octagonal and polished design. The bangle watch also adds a polished arched bracelet, which forms an elegant contrast with the bright bezel, and the round design is more beautiful.
1995: a leap forward in size and complexity
 In order to match the ultra-thin automatic GP 3100 mechanical movement, the brand has increased the size of ‘Laureato’ to ensure that it does not affect the proportion of the original watch. The volume of the bezel and the case band has increased, and the bracelet has also begun to adopt the ‘H’ design.
 Olimpico was born in 1996 when the brand introduced a chronograph version. The brand improved the design in 1998, creating a prestigious tourbillon equipped with a three-gold bridge movement, and this design has become a classic of Girard Perregaux.
 In the world of watchmaking at that time, the pursuit of advanced and more sporty designs became fashionable. This watchmaking tourbillon is known for its reliability and stability to withstand any environment.
2003: EVO3
 Nowadays, the well-known international ‘Laureato’ is equipped with a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, and the third-generation design has become famous with its diameter of more than 40 mm.
 ‘Laureato EVO3’ has a 44mm case and an octagonal bezel. The bezel is first introduced with a satin finish and is set with round frame elements inside and outside. The integrated bracelet watch carries the flexible characteristics, the springs and pushers set with screws reveal the consistent sports style of this series.
 ‘Laureato EVO3’ uses a self-made movement GP 033C0-A0VAA with 52 stones. It is equipped with a 46-hour power reserve and precision components. The surface design also reflects a balanced aesthetic. There is a 24-hour timer at 9 o’clock, a sub-timer at 3 o’clock, and a pointer-type monthly calendar at 12 o’clock. The ends of the chronograph minute and second hands are painted red, sweeping across the entire surface.
 The series also added a full perspective three-gold bridge tourbillon design. The golden bridge and blue spinel made of sapphire create a magnetic levitation effect, making this model a brand new design that is popular all over the world.
LAUREATO 2016: the future
Collectible treasures
 To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the brand, GP Girard-Perregaux re-launches a replica ‘Laureato’ to trace its original aesthetics.
Relying on its exquisite production technology and precision mechanical technology, more than 40 years after the launch of the first stainless steel ‘Laureato’ watch by GP Girard-Perregaux, this limited edition 225 collection was launched for this design.
Carry out the stainless steel aesthetics
 The unique aesthetics of stainless steel has always been loved by watchmakers and fine watch enthusiasts, so the stainless steel version of ‘Laureato’ will return with a sports style aesthetic. The new design has a classic hexagon bezel and a simple and flexible comprehensive bracelet watch, and added a hook element, showing an elegant contrast between polished and satin-finished effects.
 The 41 mm diameter case is re-launched, which is bound to set off the trend of oversized watch design. The watch uses the first-generation baton-shaped hands and fluorescent decoration, and the dial (white gray or military blue) is printed with the ‘Clous de Paris’ fine grid pattern, which implements the classic aesthetics of the first version of 1975. The date is displayed at the 3 o’clock position. The spar is light-reflective and has a sapphire crystal on the back.
Superb watchmaking example
 Just like the masterpiece of any fine watchmaking brand, Laureato has the GP03300-0030 movement developed by Girard Perregaux. This 27-jewel self-winding mechanical movement is flawlessly crafted. The built-in pendulum is clearly visible from the back of the case. The oscillation frequency is 28,800 times per hour and the 46-hour power reserve is extraordinary.
Post classic wave
 Girard-Perregaux watches, which have been in existence for 225 years, rely on professional technology and exquisite craftsmanship for more than two centuries, and still continue to write legends of superb watchmaking craftsmanship. To record this glorious history, the Girard-Perregaux Museum will reopen at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Many precious collections trace the glorious history of the brand, depicting how Jean-François Bautte founded the brand in 1791, how many classic designs inherit the GP Girard-Perregaux craftsmanship and innovative spirit.
 Laureato, born in 1975, will be launching its 225th Anniversary Edition and become a member of this noble palace.
LAUREATO Technical Specifications
Case: stainless steel
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Thickness: 10.10 mm
Spar: Anti-reflective Sapphire
Dial: Silver or blue with Clous de Paris pattern
Hands: Conductor-shaped, with fluorescent hands
Case back: anti-reflective sapphire
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Girard Perregaux GP03300-0030 Automatic Mechanical Movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 ½’’’)
Height: 3.20 mm
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 46 hours minimum
Gems: 27
Function: hour, minute, second and date display


Jewelry Show On Noah’s Ark, Let’s Be Moved

There is an exhibition, which will be officially opened to the public on May 28th, that is, tomorrow, and it will be launched at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art. I was fortunate to have experienced this exhibition in advance. Now, I highly recommend it to all readers, fans and my friends of Watches & Clocks: as long as you have the time and opportunity, you must watch it. Not only do you have to see it yourself, it is best to bring your family, friends, and children to experience it together. If you know its good but miss it, you will definitely regret it. This exhibition can make the body and mind soft and feel extremely beautiful and loving. The exhibition is directly related to art and jewelry, but it is much more than that-because of its beautiful origins, the high level of creativity, design and production of the exhibition itself, and the profound meaning of each exhibit, a small scene The exhibition can deeply impress people and give you a moving moment. As a man, I was moved to tears just after seeing the exhibition-when I saw the pair of kiss-necked donkeys on the cover of this article in soft, slow and deep music (probably my tears) Too low and too many associations. As a father, I thought of the helplessness of innocent children in the face of a catastrophe, and the boundless happiness of having any relatives around them …). The theme of the exhibition involves human destiny, catastrophe, great love, affection, natural world … If there is love in the heart, how can we not immerse it? I didn’t know the existence of Robert Wilson before the exhibition, but after watching this exhibition and listening to him in person, he turned to the 77-year-old artist and became his fan … Robert Wilson is exactly The designer and set designer of this exhibition. What kind of exhibition is this? L’ Arche de Noe ́ raconte ́e par Van Cleef & Arpels When Noah’s Ark meets Van Cleef & Arpels Noah’s Ark, it comes from religious mythology. It was God who built a giant ark under the hands of a good man, Noah. When God destroyed a man who disappointed him with a flood, Noah led and called his children, as well as the world’s paired spiritual animals. Together, escaped this catastrophe. Later, when the flood receded, the creatures and humans living on Noah’s Ark began to thrive and established a new world. When Noah’s Ark met Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Inspiration can be seen everywhere, a light, an image, a melody, a painting, an encounter, a sky, and only a few words, loud laughter, tears in the eyes …’- Robert Wilson ‘This set displays a new jewellery collection in a low-key and mysterious style, forming an artistic country that combines Robert Wilson’s unique aesthetics and Van Cleef & Arpels design concepts. Robert Wilson reinterprets a great myth in human culture. He With the skillful use of light and angle, in the endlessly surprising, stage-like setting, more than 60 pairs of animal lovers’ simple shapes are full of poetry, and the two complement each other. ‘-Nicolas Bos (Van Cleef & Arpels) Exhibition The entrance is dark and short, and many people need to bend down to enter. Imagine if the end of the world came, what day would any entrance to the chance of survival be? When you ‘board the ship’ and walk inside, you see the light and the hope. Here, it looks like a beautiful spiritual animal world, and it also looks like a big box of jewellery, containing all the brilliance, life, beauty and love. In this special Noah’s Ark cabin, the deep music of the viola and piano intertwined is the main theme. In the beautiful music, we can carefully look at and experience the spiritual life and emotion brought by the jewelry world. Although as far as I know, each piece of jewelry of Noah’s Ark series is expensive, and it may be around three million or more. But these beautiful works and vivid exhibitions immerse each viewer completely in the artistic atmosphere and the warmth of love. The attribute of jewelry as a commodity and the price become another little thing. We will only admire and congratulate those who can have these beautiful things in the future. My personal feeling is: The price of this kind of works has no meaning. As long as you can own it, you are a happy and lucky person. We can’t have it, we can also know their existence, and appreciate their beauty, hidden in our hearts. Viewing the exhibition is very simple, just watching them silently and quietly. Look for a few seconds, or a few minutes, or even longer. Thinking of you, thinking of life, thinking of family and family, thinking of love. Knowing how rare love and life are, we must cherish them. Nature, life and life can never be smooth. Not only is it not smooth sailing, it may even face a terrible challenge of the doomsday version of the catastrophe. This is the story of Noah’s Ark. Therefore, when you quietly admire these animal couples in the beautiful music, you will be scared by the sudden lightning and thunder. This is actually the situation that the creatures on Noah’s Ark have to face every moment. ‘When Noah’s Ark meets Van Cleef & Arpels’, the most attractive highlight of the exhibition is that the exhibitors will present Noah’s Ark in the traditional sense in a more detached and aura-like manner. Robert Wilson said that he first drew a huge Noah’s Ark hull design, but these beautiful animal brooches are so small, how can people make these beautiful things look good? His final decision was to ‘enlarge’ the exhibits as much as possible, and Noah’s Ark, instead shrunk to a small ‘boat’ suspended above the exhibition site. This is genius creativity and design. In the exhibition room, we seemed to be inside the huge Noah’s Ark, and when we suddenly saw the ‘small’ Noah’s Ark above our heads, we still felt that it was large, powerful, and sacred. ▲ Van Cleef & Arpels’ Noah’s Ark exhibition is directly related to more than 60 pairs of animal-themed new ‘Noah’s Ark’ high jewelry series. The ‘Noah’s Ark’ series is inspired by the painting ‘The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark’ by Jan Brueghel, exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Entrance to Noah’s Ark ‘). This is the inspiration that inspired Nicolas Bos, Van Cleef & Arpels’ global president and CEO, to appreciate this painting, which in turn gave birth to this series. ▲ Jan Brueghel’s painting ‘The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark’ passed the hands of Van Cleef & Arpels genius designers and jewellery craftsmen. More than 60 pairs of animal lovers were transformed by various gems, pearls and diamonds. Come. How to make them shine in front of the world? It was another encounter between the President of Van Cleef & Arpels and Robert Wilson, which brought the cooperation of both parties and the wonderful exhibition we see today. As a jewellery family, Van Cleef & Arpels has a long history of animal preferences. From the earliest to 1910, he began to create feathers and diamond birds, embellished with coat collars and hats. Since then, flying hummingbirds, snuggling lovebirds, elven birds of paradise, and even more animal themes such as butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, etc., have been added to commemorate the vigorous vitality of nature and the light and beautiful beauty of animals . From the 1910s to the present day, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced wonderful animal-themed jewelry pieces. The action brooches of the 1950s and 1960s were the most attractive. The works exhibited in this exhibition can be said to be a tribute and sublimation to animal-themed works of that era. 1920s 1 / 2 1922 cap pin ‘bird’ ad 2 / 2 Pin Paris 1924 Platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds, arc-polished rubies, emeralds, sapphires, onyx 1930’s Hummingbird Treasure Box Paris 1938 Originally Nazri Saab, Queen Fuad Rebecca collection of gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, concealed setting of red and sapphires Three birdies / love birds brooches Paris 1946 gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds, cabochon red, sapphires, faceted cuts of red and sapphires 1950s 1 / 2 Normandy Duck Brooch Paris 1955 Originally the Princess of Grace of Monaco collection of gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds , Faceted sapphire, emerald 2 / 2 Bulldog brooch Paris 1957 gold, enamel, faceted cut topaz 1960s 1 / 7 Duck brooch Italy circa 1961 yellow gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds, convex ruby Baroque pearl 2 / 7 Lion brooch Princess Grace Collection Monaco, gifted by Aristo Onassis gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds, faceted emeralds, 缟Agate 3 / 7 Giraffe brooch Paris 1964 Gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds, enamel 4 / 7 Bull Brooch Paris 1964 gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds, faceted diamonds 5 / 7 squirrel brooch Paris circa 1965 gold, rose-cut diamonds, carved emeralds, coral 6 / 7 Rabbit brooch Paris 1968 Gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamonds, coral, convex onyx 7 / 7 Dragon-shaped brooch New York 1969 Gold, carved coral, convex round emerald 1970s 1 / 6 Lion鹫 Griffin brooch Paris 1971 gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, carved coral, faceted amethyst, faceted emerald, convex round emerald 2 / 6 Persia Lion Pendant Paris 1972 Back Inscription: ‘White 50th Anniversary Charity Ball of the Couch Foundation, Iran, October 28, 1971 ‘Gold, convex round chalcedony 3 / 6 Antelope Brooch Paris 1972 錾Gold, platinum, brilliant-cut diamond, horse-eye sapphire, enamel 4 / 6 Persian tiger brooch Paris 1972 gold, brilliant-cut diamond, convex round green chalcedony , Lapis lazuli, enamel 5 / 6 Persian tiger brooch Paris 1972 gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, convex green chalcedony, lapis lazuli, enamel 6 em> / 6 Mogalo First Bracelet New York 1974 Gold, Brilliant Cut Diamond, Carved Coral, Horse Eye Sapphire, Convex Sapphire, Emerald 1990s Elton Brooch Paris 1998 Gold, mahogany heart, convex round onyx 21st century 1 / 2 Butterfly brooch Paris and Japan 2004-2012 2 / 2 Carpe Koi Bracelet Watch Paris 2014 Gold, Manganese Aluminium Garnet, Yellow Sapphire, Paraiba Tourmaline, Black Spinel, Princess Square and Bright Cut Diamond Show Date of release: May 2, 2019 From 8th to July 12th (closed on Monday), the free visiting time is from 11 am to 7 pm, 200 Huayuangang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai. The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art makes an appointment. Scan the QR code to make an appointment.


Watches & Wonders The First Asian Haute Horlogerie Show-jaeger-lecoultre Presents Hybris

From September 25th to 28th, 2013, Hong Kong-Jaeger-LeCoultre, the model of Swiss fine watchmaking, was honored to participate in the first Asian Fine Watch Exhibition in Hong Kong-Watches & Wonders. Jaeger-LeCoultre presents masterpieces, including the latest high-end jewellery and watches, for VIPs to enjoy a distinguished appreciation journey. On the opening day of September 25, Mr. Daniel Riedo, President of Jaeger-LeCoultre Global, and Mr. Guillain Maspétiol, Chief Executive Officer of North Asia, greeted the distinguished guests. During the exhibition, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be exhibiting the well-known masterpieces and watch collections such as Duomètre Sphérotourbillon (limited to 5 pieces) and Tourbillon Master Grand Tourbillon Enamel. Connoisseurs and Asian media are friendly, and they bring the essence of Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmaking skills.

Duomètre Sphérotourbillon

Master Grand Tourbillon Enamel

Nine Hybridis Mechanica watches come to Asia
Over the past ten years, the Hybridis Mechanica series has become a classic representative of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s superb master craftsmanship, while also highlighting its glorious history of watchmaking. As part of the 180th anniversary gift offering, Jaeger-LeCoultre is extremely honored to exhibit this exquisite collection in Hong Kong. During the exhibition, Jaeger-LeCoultre watch works are displayed in a gorgeous exhibition hall of about 300 square meters, blending modern style with the faith of the Grand Workshop, creating a luxurious and elegant watch-receiving experience. The biggest highlight of this exhibition is the nine Hybris Mechanica series, which first gathered in Asia. This gorgeous lineup includes the Master Tourbillon 1 Master Gyrotourbillon 1 (2004), the Reverso Grande Complications a Triptyque (2006), the Master Compressor Extreme Lab (2007), and the Tourbillon. Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 (2008), Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie (2009), Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication (2010), Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau (2011), Duomètre Sphérotourbillon (2012), two-wing three-dimensional tourbillon watch, together with the superb traditional ball tourbillon 3, which was first introduced at the Geneva International Horological Watch Exhibition in January 2013, Master Grande Tradition Nine legendary works including Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee (2013) are exquisitely displayed in the pavilion for the appreciation of Asian connoisseurs.

Master Gyrotourbillon 1

ReversoGrande Complications a Triptyque

Master Compressor Extreme Lab

Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2

Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie

Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication

Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau

Duomètre Sphérotourbillon

Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee

Watchmaking workshop spreads Jaeger-LeCoultre core values ​​and technical essence
In order to satisfy watchmakers’ curiosity about the brand and the fine watchmaking industry, Jaeger-LeCoultre deliberately organizes three types of practical master courses during the exhibition period, and teaches professional workshops covering watch making, enamel drawing and gem setting. World of fine watchmaking. Jaeger-LeCoultre reserves nine tables for watch enthusiasts in each workshop. Apprentices can not only disassemble and assemble the movement here, but also from the Jaeger-LeCoultre factory in Vallée de Joux. The watchmaking masters came to guide and show the hand-made skills of the brand. And it is in the land of Ru Valley that gave birth to the extraordinary history of Jaeger-LeCoultre for 180 years. The master watchmakers passed on the money for a long time. They conceived, developed, and created more than 1,200 precision movements. They successfully gathered more than 180 craftsmanship and cutting-edge technologies for making high-end watches under the same roof, making the brand famous.
Miss Zhao Wei gracefully appeared to add color to the brand
At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the well-known Chinese movie star Ms. Zhao Wei appeared in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Pavilion as Jaeger-LeCoultre brand ambassador, becoming one of the first VIPs to experience the extraordinary watchmaking style of the brand. Under Zhao Wei’s elegant feminine interpretation, the double-sided flip watch Reverso Cordonnet Duetto is even more graceful and graceful, reflecting the starlight of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s pavilion.

Chinese movie star Miss Zhao Wei