Echoes Of The Belle Epoque: Girard Perregaux Esmeralda Tourbillon Tourbillon Watch

The Three Golden Bridge Tourbillon symbolizes the apex of Girard-Perregaux tourbillon technology. Since its introduction in the 1860s, it has set an aesthetic standard that cannot be surpassed in the field of traditional watchmaking technology. The Esmeralda Tourbillon three-gold bridge tourbillon watch celebrating the 225th anniversary of the brand’s founding this year has once again reproduced this extreme craftsmanship, remembering the glorious era with a beautiful attitude.

   The tourbillon mechanism that accommodates the escapement with a rotating cage to offset the single force of gravity is an important invention in the era of pocket watches. Although the functional significance has disappeared in the era of watches, the precise mechanical structure and beautiful running posture have made the tourbillon a symbol of watchmaking success. Accuracy is no longer the sole purpose of the tourbillon, and the rarity of craftsmanship is manifested in the most beautiful posture, which has become a new value for the tourbillon. And when it comes to beautiful tourbillons, you must not mention the Girard-Perregaux tourbillon of the three gold bridges. This legendary watch craftsmanship that won the gold medal at the Paris World Exposition in 1889 is still a classic even today after more than a century The most representative design of Parker’s watch and brand recognition, Girard-Perregaux launched this Esmeralda Tourbillon three-gold bridge tourbillon watch, hoping to use the classic design of the three-gold bridge to celebrate the brand’s 225th anniversary.

Three Golden Bridge Tourbillon Pocket Watch Winning Gold Medal at Paris World Expo 1889

   The name of the Esmeralda Tourbillon Tourbillon watch is La Esmeralda, a Mexican watch and jewellery retailer from the late 19th century. At that time, Girard Perregaux was actively expanding the South American market. Responsible for sales and was acquired by then-President General Porfirio Díaz. Later, this pocket watch was held by General Diaz’s family until the descendants of General Diaz sold this legendary pocket watch back to Girard Perregaux in the 1970s and became the collection of Girard Perregaux Museum. This Esmeralda Tourbillon tourbillon watch, launched to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the brand, is inspired by this legendary pocket watch, including design elements such as an arrow-shaped triple bridge and a lyre-shaped tourbillon frame. This watch faithfully reproduces.

The 44mm Esmeralda Tourbillon Tourbillon watch is actually quite hand-to-hand and must be attributed to good ergonomic design

Ingenious lug radian is the key to comfortable wearing

The box-type wind resistance of the elegant antique watch design makes the Esmeralda Tourbillon three-gold bridge tourbillon watch with a round silhouette like an antique pocket watch

   Unlike the original pocket watch, the first impression of the Esmeralda Tourbillon Tourbillon is quite simple and neat, but the design of the case structure can be seen to intentionally reproduce the look of the pocket watch. The 44mm round case with box-type windproof design outlines the rounded outline of an antique pocket watch, while the bezel is intentionally narrowed to make the area of ​​the faceplate wider. Illusion of watch size. However, the design of the lugs has been calculated quite precisely, so the actual wearing feel fits the curve of the wrist quite well. The daily diameter of our editor’s daily watch is 32mm, and when trying on this 44mm Esmeralda Tourbillon three gold bridge tourbillon watch, it is quite against the hands, we must quite admire the designer’s ergonomics .

The Esmeralda Tourbillon tourbillon watch uses the classic three-gold bridge design. Although it is also equipped with the GP09400 automatic movement, its style is very different from the DLC titanium Neo-tourbillon tourbillon watch.

   The ergonomically designed case with a classic pocket watch atmosphere is equipped with the brand’s self-made GP09400 automatic three-gold bridge tourbillon movement. Girard-Perregaux has developed two self-winding three-gold bridge tourbillon movements. The Esmeralda Tourbillon three-gold bridge tourbillon watch is equipped with the GP09400 movement, which is the successor to GP09600. On the side, the miniature automatic tourbillon is designed to maintain the rigorous structure of the Three Golden Bridge Tourbillon movement. The size of the movement is increased to 36.6 mm (GP09600 is 31 mm), and the power reserve is extended to 60 hours (GP09600 is 48 hours). Larger watches such as the DLC Neo-tourbillon Titanium Tourbillon launched in previous years. However, in Neo-Tourbillon, the DLC titanium three-gold bridge used by GP09400 presents a more avant-garde design. In the Esmeralda Tourbillon three-gold bridge tourbillon watch, GP09400 uses the traditional three-gold bridge design to depict the Esmeralda Tourbillon three. The classic look of the Golden Bridge Tourbillon.

Every detail of the bridge’s tiny corners, inner chamfers, hole edges and other details have been carefully polished into a perfect mirror surface. The dazzling light shines with the rose gold case and Dauphine Hands.

   The complete movement structure with three gold bridges across the face plate is the most popular design feature of Girard Perregaux’s three gold bridge tourbillons. The linear gear train is directly set on the side of the face plate to show the rigorous order of the machine and the beauty of the structure. Let people who fall in love with traditional machinery and crafts love it. The Esmeralda Tourbillon Tri-Golden Tourbillon watch, which pays tribute to the brand’s legendary classics, takes this traditional design process further to the fullest. The first three golden bridges that came into view were made of rose gold. The Girard-Perregaux watch, a three-gold bridge tourbillon pocket watch that won the gold medal at the Paris World Expo in 1889, has an improved arrow-shaped golden bridge style and is of the highest standard. The process is chamfered and polished. Every small corner of the small bridge body, the inner chamfer, the edge of the hole, and other details are carefully polished into a perfect mirror surface, dazzling light and rose gold case and too Dauphine Hands shine on each other.

The lyre-shaped tourbillon frame is the most recognizable design of the Girard-Perregaux tourbillon. The slim frame carrying the escapement system’s rotation outlines a beautiful figure with curved lines.

   Another protagonist of the Esmeralda Tourbillon watch is a tourbillon device at 6 o’clock. The lyre-shaped tourbillon frame that is familiar to the table friends is the most recognizable design of Girard Perregaux watch tourbillon. The slim frame carrying the escapement system outlines a beautiful figure with curved lines. It is regarded as the exclusive design of Girard Perregaux. However, it is very difficult to make chamfering and mirror polishing on the curved tourbillon frame. Even skilled craftsmen need to spend a considerable amount of time to complete the modification, so that this mechanical device can continue to work. Gorgeous afterimages were reflected in the spinning wheel.

The machine board uses the machine engraving process to scribe sharp and complicated radial engraving, so that the face plate presents a rich layered sense.

The flower-shaped radiation engraving gives the barrel a richer visual sense, which sets off the golden bridge that is perfectly modified.

   In keeping with the design concept of pocket watches, the movement of Girard Perregaux’s three-gold bridge tourbillon watch is almost the whole focus of appreciation, so it is necessary to strive for perfection in the decoration of the movement. In the movement decoration process of the Esmeralda Tourbillon three-gold bridge tourbillon watch, in order to highlight the nobleness of the three gold bridges and tourbillons, especially the surface of the machine plate and the barrel are carved with a sharp and complex process by machine-engraving. Radial engraving makes the face plate show rich layering. There are only a handful of artisans in Switzerland with machine-engraving technology, as well as antique lathes that can produce machine-engraving. Even the only part used as a decorative decoration also uses such rare craftsmanship. This is how Girard-Perregaux gave this watch High expectations and persistence in craftsmanship.