Classical Music from Girard-Perregaux

One of the last initiatives of Luigi “Gino” Macaluso, the respected CEO of Girard-Perregaux who passed away last year, was to institute a program for the development of chiming watches. This most prestigious discipline in complicated watchmaking had been the only area of expertise that the company had yet to bring in-house. The brand’s newest 1966 Minute Repeater ($270,000) is the first fruit of this effort and a telling indicator of Girard-Perregaux’s operating philosophy. Unlike the methodical and objective systems other companies have set up to analyze the quality of the sound of their minute repeaters, Girard-Perregaux relies on the ear of an experienced watchmaker who tunes the watch personally. This more traditional and artistic approach is validated in the piece’s clean, well-balanced sound. The pure dial layout and clean lines of the case give further notice of horological classicism. (877.846.3447, www.girard-perregaux.com)

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