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13 June, 2021
The origins of Girard-Perregaux name date back to 1854 and the marriage between Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux who both came from watchmaking families in La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1992 the brand was taken over by former car racing driver Luigi “Gino” Macaluso who built the brand into a true manufacture.
Iconic pieces include its tourbillon with three gold bridges and its constant force escapement that solved a problem that had been occupying the watch industry for over five centuries – that of creating a constant force of power. Girard-Perregaux is today part of the Sowind Group, a subsidiary of Kering.
Five interesting facts about Girard-Perregaux
In 1971, Girard-Perregaux presented the first quartz watch ever produced in Switzerland, whose 32,768 Hertz frequency has become the benchmark among manufacturers worldwide.
Girard-Perregaux was one of the first watch companies to produce a watch collection for Ferrari.
In 1859, François Perregaux went to Singapore and Japan where he noted that the time measurement system was completely different from that prevailing in the West, meaning that watches were of no use there, so he decided to produce authentic objects of curiosity instead.
Girard-Perregaux holds 80 watchmaking patents.
Famous people spotted wearing Girard-Perregaux include Harry Connick Jr, Hugh Jackman, Koby Bryant, Quentin Tarantino, Nile Rogers, and Pierce Brosnan, among others.
Brand ID Card
Established: 1791 Company status: Subsidiary of the Sowind Group (Kering Group) Senior Management: Patrick Pruniaux, CEO Number of employees: Around 250 Flagship collections:
– Cat’s Eye
– Vintage 1945 Bestsellers:
– Bridges Retail prices in USD: From USD 9,000 to 500,000 Annual production: Around 15,000 pieces