Building on the success of its Constant Escapement L.M., Girard-Perregaux introduces the Neo Constant Escapement – a culmination of 250 years of watchmaking expertise condensed into a contemporary masterpiece. The Maison’s journey to perfection is a homage to its inventive spirit. The Swiss watchmaker achieved in two decades what took 250 years for the Swiss lever escapement to develop. The Neo Constant Escapement upholds Constant Girard’s vision, showcasing the beauty of functional elements in a modern context.
Breaking away from convention, the Neo Constant Escapement embraces avant-garde styling by forgoing a traditional dial. Inspired by Constant Girard’s prize-winning pocket watch from 1867, the timepiece reveals its intricate components, turning functional elements into works of art. The design philosophy of transforming bridges into artistic elements continues to define Girard-Perregaux’s contemporary approach.
The Neo Constant Escapement incorporates cutting-edge technology, with 30% of its patents being entirely new. Optimizing over complexity, the movement features fewer components (266 compared to 280 in the 2013 model), showcasing Girard-Perregaux’s commitment to precision through simplicity.
One of the challenges faced by traditional watches is the fluctuation in force as the mainspring winds down. The Constant Escapement solves this problem by providing a uniform supply of force to the regulating organ, ensuring extraordinary rate stability. Certified as a chronometer by COSC, the watch echoes the precision achieved by Girard-Perregaux’s pocket watches in the 1860s.
The heart of the Neo Constant Escapement lies in its unique escapement mechanism. A silicium blade, created through the intricate process of photolithography, delivers a linear supply of force to the balance, irrespective of energy variations in the twin barrels. The ultra-fine silicium blade, a mere 14 microns wide, showcases Girard-Perregaux’s mastery of materials.
Driven by the Calibre GP09200, the Neo Constant Escapement boasts a linear power supply of at least 7 days, thanks to twin barrels. Encased in a 45mm Grade 5 titanium case, the model combines durability with a feather-light feel. The COSC certification ensures its timekeeping prowess.
The dial, visible through a sapphire crystal ‘box,’ invites light to illuminate the display, revealing the skeletonized dauphine-style hands and luminescent hour markers. The flange features a black track with white markings, adding a touch of elegance to the overall design.
Incorporating 13 patents, the Neo Constant Escapement is a symbol of Girard-Perregaux’s inventive spirit. Scheduled for release in January 2024, this masterpiece will be available in limited quantities, providing a select few with the privilege of owning a truly exclusive timepiece.
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