SIHH 2017: Girard-Perregaux, Reinventing The WW.TC

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Girard-Perregaux understood the importance of the world time complication in today’s globalized world, and has consequently introduced this function, for the first time ever, to its stylish and urban 1966 watch collection by reinterpreting its most iconic models: the WW.TC, and presenting the 1966 WW.TC. For a bit of background, This association between the chronograph and world time functions gave rise to the World Wide Time Control, operated by the two characteristic crowns on either side of the case that made the watch one of the brand’s most iconic models.

1966 WW.TC in pink gold

This horological complication offers instant and simultaneous readings of the time in 24 cities around the world, and is user-friendly in terms of legibility and handling. In the new 1966 WW.TC, settings are performed via a crown at 9 o’clock that positions the reference city at noon, another one at 3 o’clock adjusting the hours and minutes –with which the 24-hour disc is automatically synchronized. The timepiece is powered by a Manufacture automatic movement fitted with an additional module developed in-house, and the calibre enables the time and reference city to be set in both directions, a maneuver that is prohibited on most movements.

In tribute to a particularly important year for Girard-Perregaux, the 1966 collection is distinguished by several distinctively elegant characteristics: the case is topped by a slim, delicately polished bezel framing a generous opaline dial, protected by a sapphire crystal glass and swept over by the line’s signature “leaf-type” hands. The transparent case back reveals a mechanism meticulously straight-grained, chamfered, circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève. The 1966 WW.TC is available in pink gold with a black alligator leather strap and in steel.