At SIHH 2010, the prestigious watch manufacturer Girard Perregaux brought its classic 1966 Full Calendar watch to life with a fancy palladium version. I remember I said that the metal of Palladium is the optimal material for watches with timeless characters, of which the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar is unquestionably the highlight. As a member of the platinum family, Palladium is twenty times less abundant than gold and more resistant. It does not require any rhodium plating, nor does it tarnish.
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection is born to be the brand’s icon. The line bears the name in honor of the Neuchatel Observatory’s Centenary Prize, awarded to the Manufacture in 1966 for its achievements in the field of chronometry. It presents the brand’s expertise both in technical performance and distinctive external design.
The design of Girard-Perregaux dial
Featuring the incomparable white palladium case, the watch is also complemented with a perfectly-proportioned dial, around which time moves fluidly. The timepiece displays the time with the leaf-shaped hands and lathy hour markers. It’s a full calendar that this new Girard-Perregaux 1966 integrates. Two windows are placed side-by-side at 12 o’clock to indicate the day of the week and the month. The date counter is adorned with the moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock. The sapphire case back enables us to admire the workings of the GP033M0 mechanical self-winding movement designed by the Manufacture.
Combining pure design and distinctive style with functionality, crafted in a unique metal, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar Palladium satisfies both refined and popular tastes. Only available in 199 pieces, the palladium GP 1966 is the new synonym for timeless elegance.
I, myself, loved the classy yet simple dial design. It gives the watch a classy dress watch look. So what do you think about this dial? Is it too simple or do you believe that it looks way better this way?