While barely "news," this announcement from Girard-Perregaux
lets me mention this watch once again. The luxury
Swiss watch brand will release a (hold your breath), 18k white gold version of their interesting Bi-Axial Tourbillon
watch mode. Previously in pink (or may red) gold, the interesting timepiece is not in a white gold case - still with pink gold bridges on the dial though. The amazingly straight forward execution of the design
almost serves to gloss over the complex bi-axial tourbillon - that spins in two directions at once. It makes a full revolution around the main dial of the watch in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The watch case is beautifully finished with minimal decoration
(but check out some of the texturing of the dial) and is a large 45mm wide and 18.5mm thick. Sapphire crystals on both sides of the case give
you a nice view of the manually wound in-house
made GPE0201 bi-axial tourbillon movement (that has 72 hours of power reserve).
The watch dial is a lesson in sparsity, but not bare. While not a three bridge model, given the open nature of the flying tourbillon, the dial is modeled after the famous
three gold bridges design (here with two bridges). To balance out the tourbillon, there is an exposed mainspring barrel at the top of the dial that spins when you wind the watch. Hands are large and elegant, and stand out even though they don't overtake the dial. The Bi-Axial Tourbillon watch will be limited to just 33 pieces when released by Girard-Perregaux soon.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review