Girard-Perregaux introduces its Tri-Axial Tourbillon watch in white gold

Last year in the month of March, Girard-Perregaux introduced its Tri-Axial Tourbillon complication in 18k rose-gold. The timepiece, described as a spectacularly precise watchmaking mechanism that defies the effects of gravity, is indeed stunning. For this year, Girard-Perregaux has updated the watch with a case made of white gold, and a more revealing dial design. The 48mm white gold model is limited to only 10 pieces. The Girard-Perregaux’ watch with the physics-defying Tri-Axial Tourbillon is truly unique in its finishing and its construction. The tourbillon’s regulating organ revolves on three independent axes of rotation, instead of the traditional one axis.

girard-perregaux-tri-axial-tourbillon-white-gold-2The highly complex tri-axial tourbillon is made of 140 components, and it measures no less than 13.78 mm in diameter. It has a captivating, multi-dimensional structure, thanks to three layers of cages – each for one axis of rotation. The interior carriage, housing the escapement and balance wheel is lyre shaped and makes a full rotation every 60 seconds. This interior carriage is fitted into a separate structure that rotates around a separate axis every 30 seconds. Lastly, the structure as a whole rotates around a third axis, making a full revolution every two minutes. This complex mechanism is flawlessly finished, and its 140 components total only 1.24 g.

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girard-perregaux-tri-axial-tourbillon-white-gold-3To view the mechanism without any hindrance and from as many angles as possible, Girard-Perregaux created anti-reflective toric crystal window on the side of the manual winding watch below the 9 o’clock position. A sapphire crystal case back enables the view from behind. As per GP, It takes almost 160 hours for the watchmakers to assemble the 317 components of the movement.

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