Girard-Perregaux Sea & Chrono Hawk Watches

Girard-Perregaux Sea & Chrono Hawk Watches

Girard Perregaux Sea & Chrono Hawk Watches   watch releases

I knew it was coming and I am glad that it is finally here. Similar to brands such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux makes (or made) really good sport watches that it does not really market that much. You just sort of need to know about them. For a while, the last remaining sport watch Girard-Perregaux made was the Sea Hawk – a high-end diver with a personality complex not knowing whether it was a serious sport watch meant for action or a luxury lifestyle watch meant for cocktail hour. And when was the last time you even heard about the Laureato collection?

At the end of 2012, Girard-Perregaux brings them both back into the limelight under a single collection – the Hawk. While the Laureato collection is retired for the time being, its design DNA has been incorporated into the new Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk models. You can see the familiar design of the lugs and the octagonal bezel in there. Of course, it has been mashed together with elements from the last generation Sea Hawk models. Together they make for a pretty good looking new collection of sport watches, albeit a collection that does not scream “new.” At launch there are going to be two new models and a few versions of these new Girard-Perregaux sport watches. The diver is the Sea Hawk, while the Chrono Hawk is well, the chronograph.

 

Girard Perregaux Sea & Chrono Hawk Watches   watch releases

My top pick is the diver, probably because I really like divers a lot. While it is easily recognizable as a GP Sea Hawk, there are a lot of style changes throughout the design. The steel case is 44mm wide – which is a typical size for a watch in this segment. It has large and tall lugs along with that cool crown-guard which integrates with the lug at 4 o’clock. The older design did this a bit more gracefully, but it still looks nice. Ignoring all the GP design DNA for a minute, the new Sea Hawk case looks like a philosophical mix between the Omega Ploprof and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

Compared to the older Sea Hawk models the new ones have a more modern looking and distinctive case. I like that. The dials are similar, and more high-end looking. Girard-Perregaux borrows from the most recent Sea Hawk 1000 Meters watches by having a dial that has the time with subsidiary seconds dial, date, and power reserve indicator. This combo of elements is attractive, and most importantly, useful. However, some sport watch enthusiasts will lament the subsidiary seconds dial for being hard to read in “crucial” situations, especially as it lacks luminant. I find the addition of a power reserve indicator to be very useful.

The dial has a sort of honeycomb texture and now has large raised hour markers that extend into the curved flange ring. They should be extremely easy to view and there is a lot of luminant on them. The depth of the dial looks pretty great, and I love that GP has mixed high-end elements with a serious tool watch look. At launch there will be three dial color versions. The black and red is my favorite so far. You also get two bezel options, one in just steel, and done with inlaid vulcanized rubber. Once again, the Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk is water resistant to 1000 meters. How about that white strap with the embroidered alligators on one version of the Sea Hawk? Sorta sweet. It is actually a special version of the Foreverglades – hence the alligators.

Girard Perregaux Sea & Chrono Hawk Watches   watch releases

Girard Perregaux Sea & Chrono Hawk Watches   watch releases

Then there is the Chrono Hawk – a similar model that features a bi-compax chronograph dial and slightly different look within the same theme. I am happy that Girard-Perregaux made two distinct models as opposed to simply a Sea Hawk Chronograph. I am a bit confused about the movements used in these watches. Girard-Perregaux claims that they are both the in-house made GP3300 automatic movements. That isn’t possible given that they don’t do the same things. What I think they mean is that both the Sea Hawk and the Chrono Hawk movements are built on the GP3300 as a base caliber.

Using a similar case that is also 44mm wide in steel, the Chrono Hawk removes the rotating diver’s bezel opting for a more simple brushed bezel. You can really see the Laureato in the Chrono Hawk design right? By the way, the new custom case-fitted strap is pretty nice. More and more we are moving to a world where buying a third-party strap just isn’t possible anymore as each high-end watch tends to have their own custom strap or bracelet. Having said that, the design benefits are often worth it. On the dial, the Chrono Hawk offers a similar style as the Sea Hawk, but with different hands, hour markers, and a unique set of chronograph sub dials. While the hands are richly lumed, the chronograph hands are not. As a sport watch, it would have been nice to be able and read the chronograph in the dark. Compared to the diver, this model is water resistant to 100, versus 1000 meters. Look for the new Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk watches from Girard-Perregaux in 2013. Prices are $11,350 for the standard Sea Hawk models, $12,500 for the Foreverglades Sea Hawk, and $14,800 for the Chrono Hawk

Girard Perregaux Sea & Chrono Hawk Watches   watch releases

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk

Refs. 49960-19-631-FK6A and 49960-11-131-FK6A
Case in steel
Bezel: rubber or steel
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: screw-down
Water resistance: 1,000 meters
Girard-Perregaux GP3300
Self-winding mechanical movement
Caliber: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 27
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second, power reserve indicator
Strap in black rubber
Steel folding buckle

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk

Refs. 49970-11-231-HD6A and 49970-11-131-HDBA
Case in steel
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 meters
Girard-Perregaux GP3300
Self-winding mechanical movement
Calibre: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Jewels: 61
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second, chronograph
Strap in rubber encased in brown or black leather
Steel folding buckle

8 comments
MrBlitz
MrBlitz

I wonder if there are plans for a Chesney Hawk model?

Ayreonaut
Ayreonaut

The Sea Hawk has too many design elements that just don't gel.  And it says "WIND UP" on the dial.

The Chrono Hawk looks better with hands and hour markers that don't clash with the haxagon theme.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

This was in my feeds for a few days but always came up as a broken link.  I'm glad it's fixed - or at least, I was until I saw a picture of this thing.  The one at the top... doesn't exist.  I'd happily take a short trip with Doc Brown back in time to get back the few seconds I lost looking at it.  The others are a bit Quasimodo-esque due to the lack of symmetry.  Funnily enough as soon as symmetry is restored in the form of the chronograph it looks pretty sweet.  Love the thick brown leather strap and how it's integrated with the lugs that look Tonka-toy tough.  Quality of the brushed finish looks a little crude; I generally prefer a finer texture, not something that looks like it was done with a Brillo pad. 

Even as I write this, some guy in Beijing (or Eyal Lalo) is ripping this off preparing to sell it for a more reasonable price.

lewblock
lewblock

Wowowow, I think these are spectacular.

I love the dive watch with the alligators (crocodiles?) and the chrono is one I would buy.

GP is such a nice brand, and I like that they're revitalizing it with fresh new product.

Where's the LIKE button?

nateb123
nateb123

It's like GP doesn't know how to arrange the features on a dial.  It's always seemed that way.  And as soon as they're forced to make a dial that balances the windows and subdials nicely (like the Chrono Hawk) it looks beautiful.  GP is such an amazing brand, but I want to start a charity called Get GP a Designer.  They need it so badly and don't seem to know it.  It makes me feel bad for them.

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

The ChronoHawk is only slightly better than SeaHag. Both push all my personal "ick" buttons. I can honestly say there's not a single Girard-Perregaux I find attractive. They all seem like they're trying too hard. Don't get me started on the three-bridges stuff. Horrid. Considering the price-peer group they're in, they'd never be a contender for my money.

Sergio Magos
Sergio Magos

These GP time pieces are awesome. I use to work at a store that carried the racing models & the dressier watches; it is refreshing to see GP can carry the same quality to sporty time pieces. The diver and the leather band GP's are both amazing looking watches, provide all the bells and whistles; GP did not hold back in the creation of these watches.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

These are stink bombs, straight up. Piss-poor efforts, all of them.

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  1. [...] We recently took a hands-on look at the new and updated Girard-Perregax Sea Hawk watches. While that was a refresh of an existing model this new Chrono Hawk is something totally new. Well, sort of. Girard-Perregaux was once quite strong in sport watches, but seemed to focus more on classic-style watches the last few years. A new emphasis on Western markets such as Europe and the US has led them to once again focus on sport watches, which have typically been great with their name on it. With collections such as the famed Laureato no longer being made, the "Hawk" watches will be the brand's new sporty bread and butter. You can once again read where we debuted the new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk & Sea Hawk watches here on aBlogtoWatch. [...]