The Place Girardet was created in 2016 to celebrate Girard-Perregaux’s 225thAnniversary. Ok what’s cool about this watch? Girard-Perregaux is most famous for its incredible three golden bridge tourbillon. Where each bridge supports one of the movement’s key elements such as the barrel, the center wheel and the tourbillon.
The Place Girardet was the first watch to borrow a single gold bridge and instead of a tourbillon, features a simple Microvar free spring balance wheel, to create a more accessibly priced timepiece.
Every dial of the 225-piece edition was different and each featured a different engraving related to an event that occurred in one of the 225 years since Girard-Perregaux’s birth. What is appealing is that the great folks at Girard-Perregaux have tracked down the prototype of this sold out special series and engraved this year “2020” with the Latin phrase “E Pluribus Unum”.
This is both the state motto of New York and the motto of the United States of America, but it’s relevance transcends any geographical boundary. Because it means “out of many one,” a statement that reminds us all that we are in this struggle against the Covid-19 pandemic and the medical and economic devastation, together.
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The retail value of this watch isCHF 29,600