The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition pays homage to the legendary Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century. It is presented in black calf leather and features Rubber Alloy, an innovative rubber insert injected with white gold.
The 44 millimetre case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is composed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong yet lightweight alloy. It is suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon). A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned in front of house, as well as to the rear. Three bridges are formed of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and polished angles. With the help of these bridges, the movement appears to levitate within the case. This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case.
Positioned in the lower portion of the dial, the cage of the tourbillon is ‘lyre-shaped’. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage is made of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams. The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is openworked. A white gold micro-rotor, located beneath the barrel, energizes the mainspring and provides unobstructed views of the movement. Aston Martin’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment. The indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment.
We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on Haute Horlogerie. Rarely do we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, however, on this occasion, we have made an exception, mindful of Aston Martin’s prowess for design. When viewing the design of an Aston Martin, you will note the firm’s distinctive front grille, first seen on the DB Mark III of the late 50s. Likewise, the scoops and side strakes found on the company’s modern-day models are functional elements, intended to improve airflow while enriching the overall appearance of each car. At Girard-Perregaux we share a similar philosophy. For example, when the Maison released the now-legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges in 1867, it transformed three functional elements into attractive aesthetic features and demonstrated an approach that we continue to employ today. Finally, this latest partnership provides a fascinating chapter in Girard-Perregaux’s 230-year history. – Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux
The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty. – Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer
Limited to 18 pieces, the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is available worldwide in all authorized Girard-Perregaux retailers.