Flowers convey a whole range of feelings and naturally appeal to Girard-Perregaux, for which watchmaking is also a language of emotions. Within the Cat's Eye collection for women, the Manufacture has created two precious and sensitive new creations graced with complimentary Day/Night complications.
The flowering of the lotus at dawn and that of the Arabian jasmine at nightfall form an infinite cycle, a space for contemplation and beauty that sets its own unique rhythm.
The case of the Cat's Eye provides an ideal setting for these two specifically chosen flowers. With its oval shape and pleasingly balanced proportions, it gracefully embraces the shape of the wrist, as do the curved lugs and domed crystal.
The mother-of-pearl dial of the Cat's Eye Lotus features a guilloché rim. It draws the gaze to the very heart of the watch, where the mother-of-pearl is polished to heighten its shimmering effect.
Adding a sense of depth and volume to this refined composition, the mother-of-pearl wave representing the horizon is slightly raised. It conceals a hand finely made from the same material and tipped with a lotus flower engraved and adorned with a miniature painting hand- crafted by an artisan. Girard-Perregaux depicts a mother-of-pearl jasmine flower – likewise engraved and hand-painted – blossoming beneath an aventurine sky.
The inner bezel ring surrounding the aventurine disc is slightly raised at 3 and 6 o'clock so as to focus attention on this deep blue heavenly vault studded with golden specks. It is set with diamonds of different sizes to better highlight the elliptical shape of the case that gives the Cat's Eye model its signature touch of absolute femininity.
The nature of time
For these two jewellery creations, Girard-Perregaux cultivates a vision a world away from that of a ‘metronome’ watch merely beating out the frantic pace of our lives. For both its feminine and masculine creations, the Manufacture combines original design and watchmaking substance – in this case the astronomical Day/Night complication.
Its figurative representation – the lotus giving way to the moon, and sunrise followed by the blossoming of jasmine – creates a sense of serenity. Among the multitude of indications serving to mark off time, the Manufacture has chosen only the essential points of reference – hours and minutes, day and night – for the Cat's Eye Lotus and the Cat's Eye Arabian Jasmin.
A Girard-Perregaux complication expresses the essence of nature: propitious to contemplation and experiencing the rare moments to which we treat ourselves rather than imposing on ourselves.
In the same spirit of simplicity, the Day/Night complication of the Cat's Eye Lotus and Cat's Eye Arabian Jasmin does not require any independent adjustment. It is synchronised with the hours and minutes hands and handled via the crown shaped like a flower in bloom.
Flower in motion
As the Cat's Eye Arabian Jasmin responds to the Cat's Eye Lotus by following in its temporal wake, Girard-Perregaux establishes a fruitful dialogue between technical and aesthetic skills and options.
These two creations are driven by the GP03300 self-winding movement, designed, developed and produced by the engineers and master-watchmakers of the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux.
On the pink gold version, the oscillating weight made of the same precious material is distinguished by a delicate skeleton-working process that incorporates the floral codes of the Day/Night complication while preserving the watch's precision.
The intertwining petals feature alternating polished and microblasted zones while concealing nothing of the movement with its 218 components and hand-crafted finishing: Côtes de Genève, circular graining, bevelling, blued steel and engraving.
The open back of the two models provides an admirable view of this meticulous craftsmanship, entirely in keeping with the historical tradition of exceptional Swiss watchmaking.
The Cat's Eye Lotus is available in a chic contemporary version with a steel case and a silver- grey satin-effect calf strap. Attired in pink gold, the Cat's Eye Arabian is fitted with a midnight blue alligator leather strap.
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