Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix
Last night, Swiss manufacturer Girard-Perregaux received the “Aiguille d’Or” award, the most coveted distinction in the watch industry, at the “Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix” for its ground-breaking Constant Escapement L.M. timepiece.
“This award acknowledges the innovative capacity and technical mastery of Girard-Perregaux,” commented Michele Sofisti (CEO of the Sowind Group). “The Constant Escapement L.M. is the embodiment of our vision of watchmaking, which is an art in movement. It pays homage to our history, marked by the creativity that has been the hallmark of Girard-Perregaux since 1791.”
A genuine technical feat that impressed connoisseurs when presented at Baselworld 2013, the Constant Escapement L.M. is the product of several years of research and development. Its concept is a response to the relentless and legendary quest of mechanical watchmaking: constant force. This piece marks a revolution in the world of chronometry with a completely groundbreaking architecture and escapement design. Its construction incorporates cutting-edge materials and technology, particularly the use of a 14 micron silicone blade, a strategic element six times thinner than a single human hair.
Girard-Perregaux is a Swiss high-end watch manufacturer tracing its origins back to 1791. The history of the brand is marked by legendary watches that combine sharp design with innovative technology such as the renowned Tourbillon with three gold bridges presented by Constant Girard-Perregaux in 1889 at the Paris Universal exhibition where he was awarded a gold medal.
Devoted to the creation of state-of-the-art Haute Horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux is one of the very few watchmakers to unite all the skills of design and manufacture under the same roof including the forging of the “heart” of the watch, the movement. With over 80 registered patents, Girard-Perregaux is fully committed to research and development to constantly fuse its unique heritage into modern watchmaking. Girard-Perregaux is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories which develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands.