The Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges includes an extraordinary new version of the brand’s typical tourbillon and a chiming function – which is the star of the show here.
The mechanical beauty of the watch’s skeletonized dial is dominated by three elements: the smaller bridge supporting the tourbillon, the larger bridge extending across the dial between 3 and 9 o’clock, and the repeater hammers at 12 o’clock. The shape of the hammers, which rest on jewels acting as ball bearings to reduce friction, was inspired by the first golden bridges registered in 1884.
Unusually and very purposefully, the repeater is quite visible at work from the dial side; the hammers striking the gongs are in plain sight at 12 o’clock. The repeater components were placed there for optimum sound transmission when the repeater is being worn: rather than chime “into” the wrist as they would if on the back of the movement (like that of a more standard repeater, they project sound in the desired direction: up.