Girard-Perregaux’s VIRTUS I: a Symbol of Virtue

    Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux’s new VIRTUS I Chronograph Perpetual Calendar is more than just a complicated, sleek new timepiece. The $52,000 watch is the result of collaboration between the 200-year-old watch company and American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF), a philanthropic group dedicated to fighting extreme poverty in Nicaragua. Named for the Latin word that expresses virtue, valor, and character, the watch is a symbolic emblem for fighting poverty: Girard-Perregaux expects to donate $1 million to ANF through the sale of the 40 limited-edition timepieces. More than one year in development, the technical watch with a 46-hour power reserve features a pink gold case and alligator strap. The watch will be sold exclusively at Jose Roca Fine Jewelry Designs in Coral Gables, Florida. (305.448.2808)

    ?Jill Newman

     

     

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