Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases merges horology with kinetic art

A distinctive and strong accessory for any gentleman’s wrist, the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases is proof enough that the world of fine watches is changing. With technology becoming smarter, Girard-Perregaux is fully embracing the seismic shift with their Vintage 1945 watches. What differentiates this timepiece is, that for the first time ever the watch completely reveals the complexity of its movement under a transparent sapphire dial.

girard-perregaux-vintage-1945-watch-3The transparent sapphire dial offers a wearer a fascinating mechanical spectacle of gears, display disks, screws, levers and wheels, demonstrating the watch’s ability to adapt to any situation, whether that be in the office at work or in the wilderness on an expedition.

girard-perregaux-vintage-1945-watch-4The Vintage 1945 watch is also a fine example of kinetic art and forms part of the repertoire of iconic Girard-Perregaux classics. With its mechanical beating heart, its large jumping date and moon-phase functions complement its hour, minute and small second indications to complete its unique cachet. In terms of technical performance, a date change is completed in under 5-milliseconds when triggered.

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girard-perregaux-vintage-1945-watch-5Another feature that sets the timepiece apart are its dimensions that exactly match those of the rectangular 1945 case, which is highly unusual for watches with distinctive shapes.

girard-perregaux-vintage-1945-watch-6The transparent disk bearing the numerals indicating the units, placed on top and with a minimum thickness of 0.1 mm, has its numerals inscribed on its back. The two numerals thus give the appearance of being displayed naturally side by side, without any line of demarcation.

girard-perregaux-vintage-1945-watch-7The dial with a smoked-glass effect reveals the watch mechanism and showcases the hour markers and applique Arabic numerals to ensure clear and rapid reading of the indications. Its gray coloring is obtained by surface metallization, while the seconds circle and the inscriptions have been created through printing. The Dauphine-type hands, embossed and polished, stand out just as clearly, while continuing to allow the heart of the watch mechanism to be seen.

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Equipped with a minimum 46-hour power-reserve, its frequency is fixed at 4Hz, or 28,800 vibrations per hour. The black alligator strap finishes the watch perfectly, adding a luxurious element to the modest but brilliant design of the face.

The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases is available in either a stainless steel or pink gold version.