Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch

Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch

Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch Watch Releases

There’s a notable dearth of clean, reasonably sized, mechanical world-timing watches on the market, which is a shame because not only are they super cool, the complication is exceptionally useful. Well that’s about to change with the Girard-Perregaux WW.TC 1966 – a classic world-timer with thoughtfully reserved proportions, and the answer that many business travelers and frequent fliers have been waiting for. In fact, the complication is so useful, wearing a world timer creates a one of those rare instances in horology where the information on a watch is actually more readily available, than say, flipping to the "world time" function on one’s phone, or asking Siri “…what time is it in Sydney?”

Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch Watch Releases

In an age of increasingly pervasive globalization, the World Wide Time Control, or "WW.TC" collection from Girard-Perregaux is one of the brand’s hallmarks, powered by an in-house developed and manufactured 24-hour world time caliber. But the long-running series, now in its sixteenth year, has always been held back by its proportions and bold, sporty execution – neither of which really do the WW.TC any favors when it comes to the practicality of everyday business wear, or the discretion necessary for traveling. But for this SIHH 2017 release, Girard-Perregaux stripped out the chronograph function and reduced the case diameter to 40mm by 12mm thick, making it the most wearable (and affordable) WW.TC to date, and a worthy entry to GP's vintage-inspired 1966 collection.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch Watch Releases

Every watch in the 1966 collection is essentially a celebration of classically reserved Swiss watchmaking, paying tribute to the design cues found on pocket watches, while employing all of GP’s most essential manufacture calibers (perpetual calendars, moon phases, column wheel chronographs... that sort of thing), which until now was missing the GP03300 world time caliber. Now liberated from both the date and the chronograph modules that characterized earlier versions of the WW.TC, this automatic movement keeps things simple with a rotating 24-hour disc, a small seconds subdial at 6:00, and a generous 46-hour power reserve. The resulting execution is clean, simple, and surprisingly uncrowded given its size – a rarity with a complication that generally invites as much complexity or visual clutter as possible.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch Watch Releases

Staying true to WW.TC functionality, the crown at 3:00 operates the usual functions – hour and minute hands, and the crown at 9:00 rotates the world time disc, enabling the wearer to set the reference city indicated 12:00, and thereby get an immediate reference point for 24 global time zones at once. Visible through a sapphire glass caseback, the movement itself is nicely finished, with contrasted graining, chamfering, and Côtes de Genève stripes.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch Watch Releases

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC isn’t just more wearable than its predecessors, it’s also rumored to be considerably more affordable in a subjective sense – and while prices will be officially announced at SIHH, expect a reduction from the $16,000 starting price on the 2013 chronograph series. girard-perregaux.com

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  • IanE

    Nice, but for me the JLC Geophysic Universal Time takes some beating!

    • Bill W

      Only problem being that you can’t set your location at the top.

  • Roman

    I don’t know why should I look at names of cities every day, like some geography enthusiast, if I just can set my ordinary watch in an airport.

    • IG

      Why should you have an ordinary watch? If you need local time just ask someone.

      • Roman

        You don’t understand, city names around the dial annoy me. Azores, Noumea, where is it?!

        • IG

          I don’t give a rat’s arse what annoys you, it’s a useful complication if one wants to check time in different cities around the world.

          • Roman

            That’s about it, if it’s useful for you it doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t annoy me. Why are you so worked up about it?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            How rude.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Exactly ! ………………go figure.

    • ??????

      You nailed it. I always wondered who are those geography enthusiasts who want to see XX city names on a watch.

      • Bill W

        Don’t you mean XXIV city names? 🙂

        • ??????

          Ok, I stand corrected, you nitpicker 🙂

      • IG

        Maybe it’s not about geography, but seeing what time is it in let’s say NYC and Tokyo? Probably irrelevant in your mum’s basement, but some people work with international teams…

        • ??????

          Maybe it’s about we express our opinions/preferences here? If there is some unique guy who needs tons of cities on the bezel – cool. Simply, I’m not that guy, even if I stay in touch with people at +/-5 hours difference – it isn’t difficult to sum up/exclude for me. Don’t see the need for 24 freaking cities on the bezel.

          • Emre

            From the conversation, it seemed like you and Roman did not really understand the purpose of the world timer, so IG simply broke it down for you. World timer is perhaps the only mechanical complication that is still relevant in this day and age. For example, with one glance at your wrist, you can see what time it is for your client in New York, your employees in India, and your local time.

  • IG

    Nice clean dial for a world timer, too bad it’s automatic.

  • Bill W

    Got those Patek crowns that Patek doesn’t even do anymore. Very clean. Will it eventually come in steel I wonder?

  • SwissMatic

    Hands look invisible on the (white gold?) version.

    • Bill W

      Blued seconds hand but why not blued main hands too, on that version, whatever that version is (steel or white gold…)?

  • SuperStrapper

    Channeling my inner Raymond: very boring.

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      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        I got that and I’m not even American. But then all the best TV comes from America anyway.

        • B W Wooster

          What about Jeeves & Wooster, Downton Abbey, Blackadder and The new statesman?

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            The fast show, Brass Eye, Harry Enfield, Vic Reeves Big Night Out, etc..

        • ??????

          Best TV comes from India. Especially “cool-guy” movies! Tougher than any iteration of Bond:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUYa5aTdjfI

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            I’ve got a feeling that’s not played for laughs. Hilarious.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Their is far too much writing on the face, i mean who really needs world times ? Most of the year am in the same time zone ( except Feb ) and the time zone i go to is 5 1/2 hours ahead so it wouldn’t really work.
    This goes into my super boring bin , now i’ve of rid of that Star Wars disaster of a watch i have plenty of space. .

    • Bill W

      You’re probably right. GP should just scrap it. After all, you only go to India for a month and don’t really need it, so…shall I call them to tell them it’s over or would you like to? 🙂

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Am no good at confrontation, can you have a word with them ?

        • Bill W

          Just got off the phone with GP…they’ve agreed to “pulp the run”, as you’d say. And to pay my phone bill this month. Long distance to Switzerland…yikes!

          • Pœrtöle DuFèr

            Probably for the best. Can you start working your way through Kickstarter please?

          • Bill W

            Just give me some phone numbers and I’ll get started.

  • ??????

    Looks not bad, but as it was mentioned, hands are illegible in white metal, and too much words. But I’m just not a fan of so-called traveller watches. And what I don’t get about GP is why they’re playing Invicta of the luxury segment: their huge MSRP later drops to 30-50%, why not put an honest MSRP initially then? What I like about this watch is dual crowns: look like ears 🙂

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      They are very ear like. Is a baffling design decision.

      I understand the logic of the small hands. I’m just not keen on how they look.

      • ??????

        Or a human-like (mammal-like) decision? 🙂 Personally I’m okay with “ears” and even small hands. What I really don’t like is “newspaper” dial of such traveller watches…

  • Shawn Lavigne

    that tiny movement and minuscule hands make for a disproportionate looking dial. but i’m no expert when it comes to this genre of watch.

  • Yanko

    Where are the hands?

  • BNABOD

    yes and no. it looks reasonably attractive and as other have pointed out not sure one needs to track 20 something cities around the world but to each his own. The gold hands are ok, the silver ones well no idea where they went. GP makes a nice watch but they need to chill out price wise. Have actually never seen one in the wild.

  • I think blue hands would be better on the steel one. Still discreet and elegant and more legible.

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