Laëtitia

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nfot_laetitaI started climbing very early, perhaps even before I could walk. My parents always had to keep aneye on me, because the moment they turned away, I’d climb up anything: chairs, sofas, tables, closets, trees, poles, rocks — nothing dissuaded me, no matter how slick or rough the surface. If it had a hook or a ledge I could grab, I would. I still do! I momentarily lost interest in climbing when I was in high school. Perhaps I had fallen so many times that my body and head were demanding justice.

So I opted for a more social sport, football, which kept me interested throughout my teenage years — until a friend invited me to try climbing again, this time on a proper rocky surface.

The instant I started climbing that day, it all came back to me: the adrenaline rush, the risk, the height, the sense of defying gravity . . . they were familiar feelings that belonged to me, somehow.

The highest I’ve climbed is 600 meters; I’ll never forget it. As I was reaching the summit, one of my hooks gave out, and for a few seconds I was in danger of free falling. Thankfully, I had a friend with me, and he helped me regain my footing. The lesson: Never climb alone.

I thought that experience might discourage me, but instead it fueled my passion and desire to climb even higher. That palpable sense of danger actually made me appreciate my life all the more.”

Favorite Movie: Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia.
Favorite Quote: “There are so many unhappy people who, though, would never take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to live in safety and conformism — all things that seem to bring peace of mind. But nothing is more harmful to a person’s adventurous mind than an assured future.” — Jon Krakauer.
Favorite Band: John Butler Trio.
On My To-Do List: Improve my Haute Horlogerie expertise.
I Am: Perfectionist, friendly, respectful, solitary, happy, determined, a little crazy!
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A globetrotter.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: If I knew, life would have no interest!
Favorite GP Watch: Small Chronograph or Constant Escapement

Small chronograph – mission of mermaids

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CASE

Material: Steel set with 48 brilliant
Diameter: 32.00 mm
Height: 12.70 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 5 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GP030C0, automatic
Diameter: 23.30 mm (10 ½ ’’’)
Frequency: 28’800 Vib/ hour – (4Hz)
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: min. 36 hours
Functions: hour, minute, column-wheel chronograph, small second
Reference: 80440D11A1316SIK2A

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Hayal

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nfot_HAYALI once read somewhere a quotation by Martha Graham: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Even though I wasn’t yet involved in the world of dance when I first read it, it has stayed in my mind ever since.
Originally from Turkey, I’ve been living in Switzerland for five years. At first I was intimidated by the rough winters, but having a solar spirit, I’ve always found ways to defy the cold.
One day about a year ago, some of my colleagues were talking about something called “Zumba” and how much fun they had going to the gym.

My curiosity piqued, I Googled the word and looked for it on YouTube. It was love at first sight — or, rather, first movement! Zumba, it turns out, is a cocktail of everything I love: dance, high-energy music beats and fun. I’ve always been passionate about Latin culture, so Zumba is the perfect antidote for those Swiss winters, especially when I do it with my colleagues.
What I love about it is the sense of freedom I feel and the mood of togetherness that takes over the room, even if you’re sometimes among strangers. The best days are when, after a long day spent working on the mechanism of a watch, my coworkers and I jump in a car and drive to the local gym.
Then time stops as we let loose to the music. My dream is to have a small dance studio within the atelier at Girard-Perregaux where instead of a lunch break, we can all take a Zumba break. Is that too much to ask?”

Favorite Movie: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske’s Cinderella.
Favorite Musician: Beyoncé.
Favorite Quote: “It is better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.” — Che Guevara.
On My To-Do List: Build a hut in my garden.
I Am: Joyous, rebellious, a bit too greedy.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A reporter.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: A grandmother!
Favorite GP Watch: Cat’s Eye Bi-Retro

 

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cat’s eye bi-retro

CASE

Material : Pink gold
Diameter : 35.25 x 30.25 mm
Height : 10.45 mm
Case-back : Secured by 4 screws
Water resistance : 3 ATM (100 feet)

MOVEMENT

Girard-Perregaux self-winding mechanical movement 03390
Caliber : 12”’
Frequency : 28,800 Vib/h – (3Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Jewels : 36
Functions : Hour, minute, date, day of the week and second retrogrades, moon-phases indicator
Reference: 80485D52A761-KK7A

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Bastien

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nfot_bastienI grew up in a family of musicians: My father and brother play guitar, my sister the piano and I the drums. We could start a band! Music has always been with me. When I was a kid, my dad would take me to his concerts; I remember sitting by his amplifier to keep warm.

The first time I saw a turntable, it appeared to be a peculiar machine. It puzzled and intrigued me as I studied its details. One day my dad brought home a vinyl ZZ Top record, and that was it: The magic started, and I was hooked.

Playing records was a ritual my family did together, everyone sitting in the living room around the turntable and piles of records, talking and enjoying each other’s company.

When my dad wasn’t around, I’d go through his collection. I’d always go for rock bands, as I felt connected to the energy of their music.
My dad later gave me a copy of the Doors’L.A. Woman, my favorite from his collection.

When it came time to buy my first record, I was overwhelmed with options. After a few days of listening and researching, I made up my mind and bought Seven Nation Army, by the White Stripes. It was simultaneously modern but retro — it felt like playing one of my dad’s old records, but like new at the same time.

I love the ritual of playing a record. It’s a physical experience: the cover, the marks on the vinyl, the noise of the dust that alters the listening experience (in a  positive way) . . . all elements that digital music just can’t capture. Perhaps one day I’ll record a few songs and release a vinyl LP. Sitting and listening to myself —  now that would be an interesting experience.”

Favorite Movie: Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.
Favorite Band: The White Stripes.
Favorite Quote: “Who takes a dog for a walk is at the end of the leash.” — Serge Gainsbourg.
On My To-Do List: Restore an old car.
I Am: Passionate, meticulous, fascinated.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A designer or photographer.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: An independent watchmaker.
Favorite GP Watch: Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges

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Vintage 1945 tourbillon with three gold Bridges

CASE

Material : Pink gold
Diameter : 36.10 x 35.25 mm
Height : 11.48 mm
Case-back : Secured by 4 screws
Water resistance : 3 ATM (100 feet)

MOVEMENT

Girard-Perregaux self-winding mechanical movement 09600-0019
Caliber : 30.30 x 28.60 mm
Frequency : 21,600 Vib/h – (3Hz)
Power reserve : min. 48 hours
Jewels : 31
Functions : Tourbillon, hour, minute, small second on the Tourbillon
Reference: 99880-52-0001-BA6A

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Alexandre

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nfot_JulienI was born in a family where music was ever present ;  growing up not a day would go by without having some sort of exposure to music. My grandfather was playing traditional Spanish guitar and my dad also played guitar. I would watch my grandfather play for hours, fascinated by the expression in his eyes. It was clear to me that music was a way to disconnect from the world around and just… be.

For a while I was indecisive of weather I wanted to play classic guitar or drums. Until I came across an album that changed my life : Pink Floyd’s The Wall. The songs, the movie, its message, everything related to it were to me the ultimate music experience and inspired me to pursue my studies in percussion.

Since the playing drums have been my very personal way to express myself. For a while I joined a band and tried to play in different venues, but most of the times we were kicked out since we were too loud.

My life took a beautiful turn when my wife announced to me she was expecting a baby. Throughout the pregnancy I was putting headphones on her belly and hoping our baby will music love s much as I do.

Now I love to play for my daughter. She loves the beats and I love watching her dance. I hope she doesn’t grow up too fast. I’m afraid one day she will kick me out of the house for being too loud.

Favorite movie: Brazil
Quote From a Book or Movie That Represents Me: “Do what you love and love what you do”
Favorite Musician: Pink Floyd
Tops On My To-Do List: Many things
I am: Discrete
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: maybe musician
In 30 Years I’ll be…: me in 30 years
Favorite GP watch:1966 Tourbillon White Gold

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Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold Bridges

CASE

Material : White gold
Diameter : 41.00 mm
Height : 11.10 mm
Case-back : Secured by 6 screws
Water resistance : 3 ATM (100 feet)

MOVEMENT

Girard-Perregaux self-winding mechanical movement 09600-0024
Caliber : 31,00 mm
Frequency : 21,600 Vib/h – (3Hz)
Power reserve : min. 48 hours
Jewels : 31
Functions : Tourbillon, hour, minute, small second on the Tourbillon
Reference: 99193-53-002-BA6A

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Jun

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nfot_junSEVEN YEARS AGO, I trekked from one continent to another when I moved from my homeland, Japan, to my adopted home, Switzerland. I boxed up a lot of my things and packed others to carry with me, but of course you always carry many things in your heart and mind. Among these “possessions” was my passion for singing, which began at a very early age during a family karaoke outing. 

When I got to Switzerland, I sought out — as expatriates tend to do — a bit of my native culture in my new country. I discovered a Japanese choir that meets periodically, rehearsing and performing at various regional venues. I joined it, and learned that its repertoire consisted primarily of traditional Japanese songs. I was therefore a little perplexed when our choirmaster suggested that we rehearse Italian opera. 

My confusion was short lived; I immediately fell in love with opera and its dramatic explosion of passion in contrast with the controlled compositions of traditional Japanese music. I can see the facial expressions of the audience when our Japanese songs give way to opera. The unexpected combination, while initially shocking or puzzling, soon provokes great joy.

In many ways, watchmaking is like both forms of music: controlled and exact yet full of passion and dynamism. It’s art that touches the heart.

 

Favorite Movie: Porco Rosso (1992), an animated Japanese adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Quote From a Book or Movie That Represents Me: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
Favorite Musician: Jamiroquai.
Tops On My To-Do List: Eat and drink everything that is good on earth.
I Am: Logical, stubborn, flexible, clever and curious.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A gourmand.
In 30 Years I’ll be…: Doing something I can’t imagine now, I hope.
Favorite GP Watch: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Seconds and date.

 

49543_NFOTGirard-PeRREGAUX SMALL SECONDS AND DATE

CASE

Material: pink gold
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Height: 10.00 mm 
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Girard-Perregaux self-winding mechanical movement GP01890-0003
Caliber: 13 ¼ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 54 hours
Jewels: 28
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second
Pink gold pin buckle with alligator strap
Reference: 49543-52-131-BKBA

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Tokyo, Japan

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THE LUMINOUS DAYS of early autumn in Tokyo, where long shadows stretch across the frenzied streets, provided the occasion for the most recent stop on Girard-Perregaux’s Young Masters Tour.

Girard-Perregaux returned to the Land of the Rising Sun in the heart of its capital, as well as the town of Watari (which was struck by the March 2011 tsunami), a country that occupies a special place in the company’s history: Girard-Perregaux was the first Swiss company to trade with the Empire of Japan. When François Girard traveled to this island nation in the early-1860s, the waning days of the shoguns, he introduced not only the first fine Swiss watches and clocks the Japanese had ever seen, but also the very notion of Western time to a country with a much different system to measure the passage of moments.

While Girard-Perregaux has never truly left Japan, the arrival of new Girard-Perregaux team members to the country is always a cause for celebration. Continuing the founding educational spirit of this unique connection, as well as Girard-Perregaux’s philanthropic efforts, the first destination for the Young Masters in Japan was children’s workshop in Watari. Then the Young Masters Lorin and Ryota then showcased their craft at such landmark spots as the Zojoji Temple, Tokyo Tower, the Aoyama Zenkoji Temple and Yoyogi Park.

 

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Shanghai, China

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After visiting Beijing, Jinan, and Dalian, the Girard-Perregaux Young Watch Masters Tour officially stops in Shanghai to show the art of matchmaking  and present the  revolutionary Constant Escapement L.M.

In the early morning Young Master François ‘brings’ his workbench on the Bund for a unique photo shoot that displays the unique Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship and Shanghai’s profound cultural history and technological innovation. The Girard-Perregaux Young Masters’ Tour will continue to travel through China and present the  Girard-Perregaux ‘ New Face of Tradition  in Hangzhou and Kunming.

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BACK TO CHINA

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Girard-Perregaux’s Young Masters Tour is back in China! The Young Masters will visit six cities – Beijing, Jinan, Dalian, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Kunming – to present their mastery to public.

During the Tour, young watchmaking elites from Girard-Perregaux will formally introduce to the Chinese market the Constant Escapement L.M., a true technical revolution that has taken over eight years of research and development to bring this signature movement to fruition!

Also during this tour, the Brand presents the new 2013 wristwatch collection to China’s watch lovers, from the classic elegance of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Integrated Chronograph to the edgy design of the Sea Hawk Ceramic. Girard-Perregaux also exhibits its exquisite Haute Horlogerie timepieces such as the Tourbillon with three gold Bridges and the Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater and Equation of Time.

During the Tour, guests have the opportunity to experience the watchmaking process by themselves and further understand the movement structure of the watches as well as talk with the Young Masters about watchmaking.

 

Beijing step, 28th-30th June

Jinan step, 2th-4th JuLY

DALIAN STEP, 6TH-7TH JULY

SHANGHAI STEP, 26TH-28TH JULY

HANGZHOU STEP, 30TH-31st JULY

Kunming STEP, 2nd-4th august

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Jun

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nfot_junSEVEN YEARS AGO, I trekked from one continent to another when I moved from my homeland, Japan, to my adopted home, Switzerland. I boxed up a lot of my things and packed others to carry with me, but of course you always carry many things in your heart and mind. Among these “possessions” was my passion for singing, which began at a very early age during a family karaoke outing. 

When I got to Switzerland, I sought out — as expatriates tend to do — a bit of my native culture in my new country. I discovered a Japanese choir that meets periodically, rehearsing and performing at various regional venues. I joined it, and learned that its repertoire consisted primarily of traditional Japanese songs. I was therefore a little perplexed when our choirmaster suggested that we rehearse Italian opera. 

My confusion was short lived; I immediately fell in love with opera and its dramatic explosion of passion in contrast with the controlled compositions of traditional Japanese music. I can see the facial expressions of the audience when our Japanese songs give way to opera. The unexpected combination, while initially shocking or puzzling, soon provokes great joy.

In many ways, watchmaking is like both forms of music: controlled and exact yet full of passion and dynamism. It’s art that touches the heart.

 

Favorite Movie: Porco Rosso (1992), an animated Japanese adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Quote From a Book or Movie That Represents Me: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
Favorite Musician: Jamiroquai.
Tops On My To-Do List: Eat and drink everything that is good on earth.
I Am: Logical, stubborn, flexible, clever and curious.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A gourmand.
In 30 Years I’ll be…: Doing something I can’t imagine now, I hope.
Favorite GP Watch: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Seconds and date.

 

49543_NFOTGirard-PeRREGAUX SMALL SECONDS AND DATE

CASE

Material: pink gold
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Height: 10.00 mm 
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Girard-Perregaux self-winding mechanical movement GP01890-0003
Caliber: 13 ¼ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 54 hours
Jewels: 28
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second
Pink gold pin buckle with alligator strap
Reference: 49543-52-131-BKBA

Julien

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julien_462x324WHEN I WAS a kid, I loved every kind of sport. Anything that made me run, jump, sweat or scream (or all four) was fine with me, as is true of most kids. One day, I was doing my homework and caught, out of the corner of my eye, Andre Agassi on TV. It was the final of some important tournament, and the stadium — to say nothing of the court itself — crackled with an extremely tense energy. Something clicked in me, and just a few minutes later I told my parents I wanted to start playing tennis. 

I began training with a coach, as well as with my brother and friends. I’d invite anyone to join me on the court. What I love most about tennis is the impression it gives of suspending time. When I play, everything stops for me; the only thing I’m aware of is my opponent and my racquet. 

Now that I think back on it, too, one of the reasons I knew I wanted to play tennis was all the beautiful women in the stands at that Agassi match. They were utterly hypnotized by the players. That is, I have to admit, one of the reasons I still play.

 

Favorite Movie: Gone in Sixty Seconds 
Favorite Quote: “Allowed to fall, you must get up.”
Favorite Musician: Lil Wayne
On My To-Do List: Climbing Mont Blanc and going to Nepal
I Am: Athletic, motivated and a fighter
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker I Would Be… A real-estate agent
In 30 Years I’ll Be: Happy
Favorite GP Watch: Traveller WW.TC

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CASE

Material: steel
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height: 13.65 mm 
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 100 meters (10 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Girard-Perregaux self-winding mechanical movement GP03300-0083
Caliber: 13’’’
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 63
Functions: Hour, minute, small second, world time, day/night indicator, chronograph, date
Steel folding buckle with alligator strap
Reference: 49700-11-631-BB6B