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Girard-Perregaux’s Latest Collection of Watches Evokes the Starry Night Sky

The trio of timepieces with aventurine dials are inspired by the three bright stars on Orion’s belt.

Girard-Perregaux Orion 1966 Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux

Despite the fact that it’s named after a specific year, Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 collection of timepieces is remarkably timeless. Unadorned to the point of being minimalist, the simple, round mechanical watches in the collection are distinguished by ultra-thin cases, smoky dials, leaf-type hands and tapered hour-markers—classic in every sense of the word.

The line recently welcomed three new cosmically-inspired models dubbed the 1966 Orion Trilogy, whose elegant styling pays homage to the night sky and the Greek myth of the giant huntsman.

Girard-Perregaux Orion 1966 in Pink Gold

Girard-Perregaux Orion 1966 in Pink Gold  Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux

Featuring black or blue aventurine, a sparkly mineral designed to evoke the three bright stars in Orion’s belt, the dials in the 1966 Orion Trilogy are slightly domed, an effect that adds a sense of depth to the timepieces yet, given the delicacy of the material, requires a high degree of technical sophistication to achieve.

The craftsmanship and technical savoir-faire evident in the Trilogy is in keeping with Girard-Perregaux’s reputation for mechanical excellence over the decades. In the 1960s, the brand was known for its pioneering chronometric accomplishments, including the world’s first high-frequency movement. The 1970s saw the brand strive for innovation in the field of quartz timekeeping, launching Switzerland’s first commercially produced range of quartz watches.

Girard-Perregaux Orion 1966 in Steel

Girard-Perregaux Orion 1966 in Steel  Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux


In 2013, the watchmaker debuted the Constant Escapement L.M. featuring an escapement spring incorporating a silicon buckled blade thinner than a human hair.

In addition to all of its devotion to precision timekeeping, however, Girard-Perregaux has long had a tradition of creating wristwatches that boast classic good looks.

Girard-Perregaux Orion 1966 Watches

Girard-Perregaux Orion 1966 Watches 

The pieces in the 1966 Orion Trilogy all feature 40 mm cases and self-winding movements with 46 hours of power reserve. The 40 mm steel model retails for $8,700; a version in black DLC-treated steel is $9,400; and the 18-karat pink gold model retails for $17,800.


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