Marine

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nfot_marineWhen I was growing up, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom. It was a way for us to spend quality time together, chat about life and enjoy each other’s company. Normally, when my mom was over the stove, I was a passive observer, but that didn’t diminish my interest — instead, my fascination only grew. I came to conclude that cooking is far more than preparing food; it is, rather, a way to infuse one’s love into meals that nourish someone you care about.

Predictably, my first culinary experiments were utter disasters. I tried to stick to recipes, but despite my ability to follow instructions closely, my first dishes were
inedible. I once prepared chocolate biscuits that were close to being done, but I got caught up in a conversation with a friend and forgot about them. The result? Little pieces of chocolate-flavored coal!

But time and patience are the two ingredients for any successful dish, and my days of culinary catastrophe are long past. I’ve come to realize that my forte is, as it happens, baking — cakes in particular. (It must stem from the fact that I can never resist eating a piece of good cake.) Now, though, wherever I go, I’m expected to bring something I’ve baked. My friends and family are my closest fans — and I love to make them happy.”

Favorite Movie: Guy Ritchie’s Snatch.
Favorite Quote: “Que Sera, Sera” (“Whatever Will Be, Will Be”), from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.
Favorite Musician: Muse.
On My To-Do List: Learn Japanese.
I Am: Lucky, positive, curious and honest.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A speech therapist.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: Who knows?
Favorite GP Watch: Tourbillon Bi-Axial

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Bi-Axial Tourbillon

CASE

Material: Tentalum
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Height: 19.25 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GPE07-0001, manual winding mecanical movement
Diameter: 34.00 mm (15 ’’’)
Frequency: 21’600 Vib/ hour – (3Hz)
Jewels: 28
Power reserve: min. 70 hours
Functions: Tourbillon bi-axial, hour, minute
Reference: 99810-81-000-BA6A

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Sébastien

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One of my earliest memories is watching Star Wars. I remember being transported to another dimension, one with spaceships, battles, aliens and far-off galaxies. I often think back to the brief dialogue between Luke Skywalker and Master Yoda: “I’m not afraid,” says Luke, to which Yoda replies, forebodingly, “You will be. You will be.” That kept me up for a few nights!

Star Wars opened the doors to the world of sci-fi and movies, which have become one of my big passions.

Movies like The Lord of the Rings, Alien, Blade Runner, E.T. and 2001: A Space Odyssey have become the cornerstone of my movie collection; I never get tired of watching any of them. Often I get together with my friends at home and have pizza delivered; we do sci-fi movie marathons that sometimes last two days nonstop.

If I hadn’t become a watchmaker, I’d have been a sci-fi author. I often find myself visualizing alien characters, quirky landscapes and alien worlds. I sometimes write these stories down, and who knows? Maybe one day they’ll become books or movie scripts. The main character of my stories is a guy who has the ability to travel through time, past or future, changing the course of history. I guess being a watchmaker helps in this case.”

Favorite Movie: Irvin Kershner’s The Empire Strikes Back.
Favorite Quote: “The wonderful story of the galactic travel guide begins in the simplest way. It begins with a man. An earthling, to be more precise. Who knows as much of his own destiny as a tea leaf on the story of the East India company.” — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
Favorite Song: Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing.”
On My To-Do List: Sail around the Mediterranean Sea.
I Am: A perfectionist, curious and open-minded.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A sci-fi author.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: It’s way too far away to think about it!
Favorite GP Watch: The Constant Escapement L.M.

 

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Constant Escapement L.M.

CASE

Material: Pink gold
Diameter: 48.00 mm
Height: 14.63 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GP09100-0002, manual winding mecanical movement
Diameter: 39.20 mm (141/4 ’’’)
Frequency: 21’600 Vib/ hour – (3Hz)
Jewels: 28
Power reserve: min. 6 days
Functions: Hour, minute, central second, linear power reserve
Reference: 93500-53-131-BA6C

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Vivienne

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nfot_vivienneMoving to Switzerland was one of the most important steps I ever took. The best way to welcome this change in my life was through sports, music and dance: three interests I’ve had since childhood. There’s just something about moving to the rhythm of a song that grounds me and makes me feel at home no matter where I am.

One day, I read an article about a new trend in gyms around the world: pole dancing. At first I was puzzled: dancing in high heels?

But I saw some videos, and the people doing it looked like they were having a blast. So I bought a pole and installed it in my room. My family thought I was losing my mind, but I carried on.

However, I was disappointed to discover that there was nowhere in town where I could take pole-dancing classes. So I turned to YouTube. I found a course: 10
classes to learn the art of defying gravity and swirling around a pole. I needed just one class to understand the basic physical principles, so I never continued to lesson two — but I did manage to master many of the basic moves enough to have fun doing it.

Sometimes, to wake up, I work out for about an hour on the pole to hip-hop and then get ready to go to work in the atelier.”

Favorite Movie: Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
Favorite Quote: “What if we knew what tomorrow will bring? Would we fix it? Could we?” — Cecelia Ahern.
Favorite Song: Paul Kalkbrenner, “Sky and Sand.”
On My To-Do List: A lot of travels.
I Am: Optimistic, helpful and determined.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: An optician.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: 50. Again. Ha!
Favorite GP Watch: Cat’s Eye Jewellery

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Cat’s Eye Jewellery

CASE

Material: Pink gold
Diameter: 38.63 x 33.63 mm
Height: 4.55 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 4 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GP03300-0072, Self-winding mecanical movement
Diameter: 11 1/2”’
Frequency: 28’800 Vib/ hour – (4Hz)
Jewels: 27
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Functions: Hour, minute, small second
Reference: 91702B53P7B1-53A

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Mexico

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UNDER A cloudless blue sky, a dusty road snakes beneath a long-dormant volcano, leading thirsty travelers to a town known around the world for its agave elixir: Tequila, Mexico. Here, in the central state of Jalisco, where blue-agave farms dot the otherwise rock-strewn terrain, Girard-Perregaux’s Young Watch Masters Tour made its 2014 debut.

As early as the mid-nineteenth century, Girard-Perregaux maintained offices in the United States, Japan, Argentina and, of course, Switzerland — and thanks to that globetrotting spirit, the manufacture has enjoyed a relationship with Mexico since the late 1800s.

That connection originated not in Latin America but rather in Paris, where Constant Girard presented a masterpiece pocket chronometer — one of the 20 Three Gold Bridge Tourbillons he personally crafted — at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle (the same World’s Fair whose entrance arch was a piece of iron lattice known as the Eiffel Tower).

Girard took the gold medal at the fair’s horology competition, and the winning watch traveled with Henri Perregaux, Constant’s brother-in-law, to Argentina and Chile, and was then offered for sale at La Esmeralda, Mexico City’s finest luxury-goods purveyor. The store (long since closed) would later lend its name to a remarkable tourbillon that was bought by Mexican general and seven-term president José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori. Today, the watch (repurchased by Girard-Perregaux in the 1960s) belongs to the permanent collection of the manufacture’s museum.

It was therefore only fitting that Girard-Perregaux would return to the exotic sun-baked land of the maguey so its finest young watchmakers could exhibit their techniques and present their latest creations.

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Sandro

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I’ve loved sports all my life. I’ve tried a little of everything: soccer, ice hockey, karate — anything that keeps me moving and makes me feel alive.
My grandmother was the one who usually took me to basketball games, because she had more spare time than my parents. She once asked me if I was interested in basketball. I wasn’t, I replied. She told me I ought to reconsider given that I was tall for my age. She kept pressing the issue, and I finally asked her why she was so insistent.

She confided that she had played basketball when she was younger. This little shared secret sparked a sudden interest in me to give the sport a try. I joined a local team. In addition to that coach, I had one of my own — my grandmother — who shared tricks of the game with me, fueling my enthusiasm. During games, my grandmother would get extremely upset if the coach made a bad call — she might have looked like a sweet old lady, but what lurked inside her was a passionate, fiery sports enthusiast. I still practice and play regularly. It’s the ideal way to unwind and take my mind off day-to-day pressures, and also a means of continuing a family tradition. Every time I play, I think of my grandmother and that makes me play better — and puts a big smile on my face.”


Favorite Movie:
Fernando Meirelles’s City of God.
Favorite Quote: “Even the Joconde suffered the ravages of time.” — From Fight Club.
Favorite Musicians: Iam / Wu-Tang Clan.
On My To-Do List: Realize my dreams.
I Am: Funny, friendly, meticulous and generous.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A computer engineer.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: The same, but better. We get better with time!
Favorite GP Watch: The Constant Escapement L.M.

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Constant Escapement L.M.

CASE

Material: Pink gold
Diameter: 48.00 mm
Height: 14.63 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GP09100-0002, manual winding mecanical movement
Diameter: 39.20 mm (141/4 ’’’)
Frequency: 21’600 Vib/ hour – (3Hz)
Jewels: 28
Power reserve: min. 6 days
Functions: Hour, minute, central second, linear power reserve
Reference: 93500-53-131-BA6C

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Lorin

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nfot_LORINTraveling is more than a trip to a distant or exotic place — to me it’s a journey of self-exploration and introspection. Being in contact with different cultures and exploring landmarks is my passion. It also makes me question my life and the lives of those around me. I’ve always been curious; as a child I would sit for hours in front of a world map and visit different countries with my imagination.

As I grew up, I started traveling with my family. Initially we didn’t stray too far from home, so we visited London, Paris, Barcelona and their surrounding areas, then followed with longer trips to Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam) and New York City. My favorite way to travel is by train. I stare at life in real time as the train makes its way through a country.

My trip to Vietnam was especially memorable. The country itself was astonishing, but I was truly amazed by the kindness of the people we encountered.
We stayed in a small village and befriended a local family that showered us with care and attention. They took us to the most beautiful and interesting places nearby.
I keep a list of places I’d like to see in the next few years: New Zealand, South America, Alaska. I hope I’ll be able to go on these treks with my friends, with whom I love to share such experiences.

Favorite Movie: Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
Favorite Quote: “The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing.” — Leo F. Buscaglia.
Favorite Musician: Portugal. The Man.
On My To-Do List: Travel around the world.
I Am: Joyful, sociable, talkative, shy.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A carpenter or ski instructor.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: Still alive and happy, I hope.
Favorite GP Watch: GP 1966, Annual Calendar, Equation of Time

Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar & Equation of Time watch

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Material: Pink gold
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Height: 13.80 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GPE09-0003, manual winding mecanical movement
Diameter: 31.82 mm (141/4 ’’’)
Frequency: 21’600 Vib/ hour – (3Hz)
Jewels: 48
Power reserve: min. 98 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater, annual calendar, equation of time
Reference: 99651-52-131-BKBA

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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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Marine

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nfot_marineWhen I was growing up, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom. It was a way for us to spend quality time together, chat about life and enjoy each other’s company. Normally, when my mom was over the stove, I was a passive observer, but that didn’t diminish my interest — instead, my fascination only grew. I came to conclude that cooking is far more than preparing food; it is, rather, a way to infuse one’s love into meals that nourish someone you care about.

Predictably, my first culinary experiments were utter disasters. I tried to stick to recipes, but despite my ability to follow instructions closely, my first dishes were
inedible. I once prepared chocolate biscuits that were close to being done, but I got caught up in a conversation with a friend and forgot about them. The result? Little pieces of chocolate-flavored coal!

But time and patience are the two ingredients for any successful dish, and my days of culinary catastrophe are long past. I’ve come to realize that my forte is, as it happens, baking — cakes in particular. (It must stem from the fact that I can never resist eating a piece of good cake.) Now, though, wherever I go, I’m expected to bring something I’ve baked. My friends and family are my closest fans — and I love to make them happy.”

Favorite Movie: Guy Ritchie’s Snatch.
Favorite Quote: “Que Sera, Sera” (“Whatever Will Be, Will Be”), from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.
Favorite Musician: Muse.
On My To-Do List: Learn Japanese.
I Am: Lucky, positive, curious and honest.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A speech therapist.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: Who knows?
Favorite GP Watch: Tourbillon Bi-Axial

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Bi-Axial Tourbillon

CASE

Material: Tentalum
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Height: 19.25 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GPE07-0001, manual winding mecanical movement
Diameter: 34.00 mm (15 ’’’)
Frequency: 21’600 Vib/ hour – (3Hz)
Jewels: 28
Power reserve: min. 70 hours
Functions: Tourbillon bi-axial, hour, minute
Reference: 99810-81-000-BA6A

Sébastien

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One of my earliest memories is watching Star Wars. I remember being transported to another dimension, one with spaceships, battles, aliens and far-off galaxies. I often think back to the brief dialogue between Luke Skywalker and Master Yoda: “I’m not afraid,” says Luke, to which Yoda replies, forebodingly, “You will be. You will be.” That kept me up for a few nights!

Star Wars opened the doors to the world of sci-fi and movies, which have become one of my big passions.

Movies like The Lord of the Rings, Alien, Blade Runner, E.T. and 2001: A Space Odyssey have become the cornerstone of my movie collection; I never get tired of watching any of them. Often I get together with my friends at home and have pizza delivered; we do sci-fi movie marathons that sometimes last two days nonstop.

If I hadn’t become a watchmaker, I’d have been a sci-fi author. I often find myself visualizing alien characters, quirky landscapes and alien worlds. I sometimes write these stories down, and who knows? Maybe one day they’ll become books or movie scripts. The main character of my stories is a guy who has the ability to travel through time, past or future, changing the course of history. I guess being a watchmaker helps in this case.”

Favorite Movie: Irvin Kershner’s The Empire Strikes Back.
Favorite Quote: “The wonderful story of the galactic travel guide begins in the simplest way. It begins with a man. An earthling, to be more precise. Who knows as much of his own destiny as a tea leaf on the story of the East India company.” — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
Favorite Song: Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing.”
On My To-Do List: Sail around the Mediterranean Sea.
I Am: A perfectionist, curious and open-minded.
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker, I Would Be: A sci-fi author.
In 30 Years I’ll Be: It’s way too far away to think about it!
Favorite GP Watch: The Constant Escapement L.M.

 

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Constant Escapement L.M.

CASE

Material: Pink gold
Diameter: 48.00 mm
Height: 14.63 mm
Crystal: antireflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

MOVEMENT

Movement: GP09100-0002, manual winding mecanical movement
Diameter: 39.20 mm (141/4 ’’’)
Frequency: 21’600 Vib/ hour – (3Hz)
Jewels: 28
Power reserve: min. 6 days
Functions: Hour, minute, central second, linear power reserve
Reference: 93500-53-131-BA6C