To support Only Watch, Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of luxury timepieces made by the finest watchmakers for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Girard-Perregaux has reimagined its ground-breaking Casquette. Created in partnership with Bamford Watch Department, the Casquette Only Watch is inspired by the 70s icon but is enhanced with a modern twist.
First unveiled in 1976, the Casquette surprised and impressed with its space-themed design. The LED digital display showed time in an unambiguous form in vivid red numerals. When viewing the case from the side, the observer was able to appreciate the Casquette’s unusual tapered profile, its sleek shape seemingly honed in a wind tunnel.
For this year’s Only Watch, Girard-Perregaux has partnered with Bamford Watch Department. The watch is housed in cutting-edge forged carbon, while the caseback and push buttons are made of Grade 5 titanium. The caseback is engraved with ‘Only Watch’.
This year, as Girard-Perregaux celebrates its 230″ anniversary, both the Manufacture and Bamford Watch Department have enjoyed revisiting the Casquette, a much-loved gem that remains an important chapter in our history. |am delighted with the look of the Casquette Only Watch. In fact, it does make me wonder why we ever stopped making such a distinctive timepiece, much loved by legions of watch collectors. Its new upgraded movement delivers additional functionality that will certainly enhance the ownership experience. It shows the wisdom in sometimes looking to the past, rediscovering a former design and distilling it into something exciting and applicable to the future. Most of al, |am proud that Girard-Perregaux and some of our competitors actively support Only Watch, a charity that has done much for a worthwhile cause. – Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux
The Only Watch timepiece is fitted with a new quartz movement. The inventory of functions includes hours, minutes, seconds and date as found on the 1976 model; however, it also includes a second time zone, a chronograph and a ‘secret date’. This latter feature allows the wearer to program the watch to display a significant date on a daily basis, at a time of their choosing.
The watch is presented on a calf leather strap embossed with an alligator effect. A black ceramic buckle featuring titanium blades secures the timepiece to the wearer’s wrist. It is housed in a Casquette-inspired presentation case, designed and produced by Bamford Watch Department.