Jack Forster once called Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 collection the G-P “for the rest of us.” He was referring specifically to the more versatile, everyday pieces in the line-up, such as the steel full calendar and the dual time model. After all, the 1966 collection also includes tourbillons, enamel dials, integrated column-wheel chronographs, automatic skeletons, and minute repeaters too. Well, nowe we can add one more complication to the list: the worldtimer.
By sheer association, if nothing else, these more complicated pieces raise the profile of the 1966 collection, and advance Girard-Perregaux’s overall standing in the world of high watchmaking. All of that is fine. It’s even dandy. But what watch lovers really want is advancement that they can actually feel and enjoy on their wrists. Accessible complications seems to be the name of the modern game, and that’s where the 1966 WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) comes in. There are essentially two kinds of progress represented in this watch. Replica Girard-Perregaux Watches Online.
First and foremost, for all the technical prowess it displays, the G-P worldtimer chronograph series has never really done it for me; and I don’t think that I’m alone here. There have been many different variations and the designs have always forced sporty looks on hardware that begs for a refined treatment. The dials are crowded and poorly balanced. They have tiny chronograph sub-dials circumscribed within loud city disks, and a seemingly arbitrary date window at two o’clock to boot. Sadly, complications, especially modular ones, need space, and that meant that the watches often required 44mm x 14mm cases. Oof.
Girard-Perregaux’s new WW.TC fixes almost all of these problems in one fell swoop. The worldtimer has shed is chronograph and date fuctions, printing is legible and spacing is balanced, with uniform font and sizing throughout, and dauphine hands add a well-deserved touch of elegance. Yes. This is what I’ve been waiting for.
Everything is simpler in this layout. White for day and black for night on the 24-hour disc – straightforward and effective. Even the fact that the city disc is adjusted via a second crown at nine o’clock serves these admirable, austere qualities. Cheap replica Girard-Perregaux is paying attention to the right details too, like unpronounced markers, a slim bezel, and a leather strap that hugs the case between lugs.
Inside the new WW.TC beats the automatic manufacture caliber GP03300. The worldtime complication is indeed modular on this movement, but an in-house module on a proven caliber is nothing to scoff at. It has a 46-hour power reserve and runs in 32 jewels. The watch overall measures in at 40mm x 12mm, which makes it very wearable, even in more dressed-up circumstances (where the design will really shine).
The new 1966 WW.TC is available in both 18k pink gold and stainless steel, with the latter holding most of the allure for me. Prices will not be announced until SIHH in January, but it looks like best fake Girard-Perregaux watches might have found the right mix of complexity and affordability in the stainless steel WW.TC to give the 1966 collection its much-needed jolt. We’ll know for sure in a few weeks and will have hands-on photos to go along with some deeper analysis.