Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch Watch Releases

Let us just set one thing straight off the bat: with the Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT, the brand has not introduced three different watches. Rather, they have given a rather cumbersome name to a rather lovely timepiece that incorporates some complications – any guesses as to what they are? For sake of brevity, I may instead refer to the watch solely as the Girard-Perregaux Traveller.

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch Watch Releases

Obviously, there is a lot going on with the watch. Aside from the three complications (which we'll get to shortly), they have also managed to give the watch the appearance of having an open dial. By that, I mean that they have made the dial of sapphire (which appears to be tinted a bit) which allows you to see some portions of the GP03300 automatic movement inside. Through experience with other watches equipped with see-through dials, I have become a fan of this sort of open dial, as it allows some mechanical bits to be shown off on the dial side without it being a distraction and compromising legibility.

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch Watch Releases

Here, though, on the Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT, things get a bit busy around the date display, as you have two discs (with their numerals) visible under the dial. Or, to be more accurate, the numerals are visible, as the discs themselves really are not. Both of these discs are made of a transparent material that makes it look, in the date display window, to be a seamless, one-piece date. This is a clever bit of engineering, and I rather like it. Even on date displays that do not have an obvious divider between the digits, you can often see a gap or seam between the discs. Here, it is just one smooth display, and I am a fan.

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch Watch Releases

Next up in this Girard-Perregaux Traveller is the phase of the moon indication. As far as complications go, these certainly look pretty on a watch – and this one is quite well done in terms of realism – I just really do not find them to be all that practical, as I think most people would attest. Aside from the bit of art it adds to the dial, it also serves as a balance to the GMT (or second time zone) indication right next to it – a display you should be able to set through the pusher set into the side of the case at the 4 o'clock position. Pair that to the world map that is imitated by the parallels and meridians inscribed into the dial, and you have a watch that really wants to travel with you.

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch Watch Releases

All of this is housed in a pretty modernly sized 44mm-wide case – arguably, easier to accommodate the large date displays, I suppose – which, whether it is in steel or pink gold, will have alternating brushed and satin finishes. For a watch of this size, it is relatively thin, at only a hair over 12mm, all the more impressive when you consider the three complications plus the automatic rotor had to be fit in. Oh, and should your travels involve some swimming, the Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT carries a WR rating of 100m, so you should be good to go.

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT Watch Watch Releases

The Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT is currently available and is not a limited edition, commanding a price of $18,000 for steel, or $34,000 for the pink gold variant. As far as travel companions go, this does seem like one that should get the job done rather well, regardless whether the travels have you meeting with clients or simply touring new countries. girardperregaux.com

  • Beefalope

    How many different people designed this watch? I’m just wondering, because it looks like it was about 12, and all of their ideas were adopted. This thing is just all over the place.

  • BIG CHRONO

    Large dial, large date, too large a price. Did GP poll the public to verify it was frettin’ & fumin’ for it?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    One in steel is on my wish list The steel one has a bit more symmetry about it. .Loving the date window and a lovely take on my favorite complication with the moon phase. There is no denying that is a tad clustered. i had to go off site to get more pictures of this piece, and why didn’t you include the video ?

    • Regarding the video, many times brands make information about new watches available before they make watches available for hands-on reviews. Notice that this post is tagged “WATCH RELEASES” as opposed to “HANDS-ON”. Cheers.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Noted

    • Taken in a rush at Baselworld but hey.

      • Adam Young

        It looks a lot less busy in those photos than in the press release. Particularly the steel version.

      • A_watches

        Your photos looks bettet

  • Some nice details (like the date implementation), but as Beefalope said, the design is not as cohesive as it might have been. The 24/GMT subdial is oddly larger than the moonphase which throws things off. Plus the number of markings on these subdial bezels differ too greatly to be visually pleasing. Like Patrick, I appreciate smoked dials but in this case that plus the lat/long lines makes the it all look jumbled. It’s the sort of visual distraction I’d expect from Hublot or Richard Mille but usually we see a calmer and more elegant rendition from GP (which is a far classier brand than Hublot IMO).

    I do like the feature set (even if moon phase is not a complication I require) and I give huge kudos to the date display. Only the high order date numeral disk is transparent and it has its numbers printed on the bottom of the disk so that the vertical difference between them and the low order numbers (on the black background disk) is negligible.

    Despite the few design issues, I do like this watch but I’d like it a lot more at half the asking price.

    • resonator resonator

      I pretty much agree with everything you stated, and still like it. I might be nitpicking, but I do NOT like that rotor! Not sure why, it just seems out of place, and borderline China.

      • I’m with you. They have this style rotor on other watches as well and it just looks cheesy.

        • resonator resonator

          Oh good, it’s not just me then. After reading the article again, and doing some soul searching, I found the part of this watch that appealed to me the most, is the complication you found least useful. The Moon phase. I actually want to see it in person before passing my final judgement on it.

          • I think a moon phase is cute but not a requirement for me is all. I don’t min watches that have them but I wouldn’t pass on a watch because it lacks one. I do appreciate that this one uses an realistic looking moon.

  • SuperStrapper

    Not bad in steel, but it looks tacky and outdated in gold.

  • Willy Chu

    To me this type of 2nd time zone function, which tracks an alternate time zone from your own, is for folks NOT TRAVELING. That is, you are AT HOME and want to keep track of the time somewhere else.

    A true travel function uses the 2nd dial to display your home time, when you are NOT AT HOME, i.e. when you are TRAVELING. It should have a rapid jump-hour adjustment for the hour hand so you can quickly dial in your new time zone.

    • iamcalledryan

      I’m inclined to agree sir.

    • john coleman

      Agree.

    • I_G

      This watch is for travellers without movement.

  • Larry Holmack

    Is it just me? Or does this watch seem to have Dissociative Designer Disorder??? Whatever it has….it’s confusing and not what I would expect from these guys.

  • Ulysses31

    Overlapping, oddly-sized sub-dials are a no-no for me. I like the date window but the rest is like trying to view the movement through a weird bird-cage which, while obviously meant to represent a globe, just looks crap. Either that movement is crudely finished or someone went crazy with a sharpening filter in Photoshop.

  • A_watches

    For me,the overall look works and i reckon it looks better in real than polished photos, probably quite a 3d watch.