Bucherer is one of the world’s largest watch retailers. Founded in 1888 by this venerable company, Bucherer keeps an eye on the future as can be seen with many of their initiatives, including the creation of the Bucherer Blue Concept. Launched in 2016, it brings together diverse brands on a single creative platform with shared DNA and a determination to deliver innovative, creative collaborations. Part of the 2022 Bucherer Blue Editions is a striking display of the Girard-Perregaux tourbillon with three flying bridges.
The Girard-Perregaux Three Bridge Tourbillon is one of the most iconic tourbillon watches (and movements) in watchmaking, with origins dating back to the second half of the 19th century.Th century Back then, Constant Girard-Perregaux was one of the first watchmakers to envision the movement of its pocket watches as its own design element rather than just a technical element. A tourbillon with three gold bridges called La Esmeralda, crowned with a gold medal at the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition, is considered the most accomplished and characteristic embodiment of his work. The distinctive construction of its majestic movement with three parallel arrow-shaped bridges (patented in 1884), is an absolute horological icon.
Fast forward 200 years, Girard-Perregaux has reinterpreted this signature design into wristwatches with multiple iterations. Among these, the Neo Presented in 2014. This version of the three-bridge tourbillon stands out with the modernized shape of its bridges. Rather than being flat (or round), these are curved and openwork, further enhancing the structural character of the movement.
It was specifically this modern version, the tourbillon with three flying bridges, that was chosen by Bucherer to create the Blue Limited Edition with Girard-Perregaux. The result of this collaboration is perhaps one of the most modern, dynamic interpretations of this horological symbol.
The first thing that attracts attention is naturally the work of transparency and skeletonization. called Tourbillon with three flying bridges, the movement literally seems to float inside the transparent case. Its parts are held by two sets of 3 bridges. Made of titanium, these are blued for the occasion. The color is obtained due to ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) treatment. And on the front, you can see the contrasting angles. Its micro-rotor skeleton is hidden under the barrel. Patented by GP in the 1990s, this smart technical solution offers the convenience of automatic winding while retaining the symbolic structure of the movement. Another signature feature, the grade 5 titanium cage of one-minute tourbillon, has a lyre shape and can be used to read the seconds. The power reserve is 60 hours and the movement runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Finally, as always with Girard-Perregaux tourbillon watches, the finishes are top-notch. neglect
The 44mm case is made of titanium. The lugs are polished top and bottom, while the sides are brushed. It features two domed sapphire crystals that provide a breathtaking view of the mechanical microcosm within. The movement is framed by a titanium ring with titanium indexes with Super-LumiNova inserts. Dauphin-style hands are white gold with Super-LumiNova.
Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Bucherer BLUE is worn on a gray, hand-stitched calf strap. Released in a limited edition of just 18 pieces, it will retail CHF 159,000 Or EUR 167,000.