October 18, 2013
by James Lamdin
Last December we announced that Girard-Perregaux had donated a timepiece for a charity auction to support the UKRO (University Kidney Research Organization). The cause? The best. The timepiece? Gorgeous. Full disclaimer, the charity was started by aBlogtoWatch founder Ariel’s uncle. Further disclaimer, Ariel proudly had nothing to do with the timepiece donation.
Now, almost a year later we have finally gotten a chance to spend a little QT (very intimate quality time) with the same model donated for the auction – the Girard-Perregaux 1966 41mm in pink gold. Launched last year as a complement to the existing 38mm version, the new 41mm piece is a stunning addition to the 1966 collection and a worthy contender amongst the growing segment of ultra-slim, dedicated dress pieces available in precious metals.
At first glance, the 41mm version doesn’t look much different than its predecessor, and that’s not a bad thing. The dial is clean and uncluttered with a silver satin finish and applied gold markers at 3,6,9 and 12. The remainder of the markers are simple drawn black lines, executed without much ado and effectively evoking historical designs from the brand’s history. A date window rests at 3, and the only writing on the dial is the “GP Girard-Perregaux” branding below the 12 o’clock marker and “Automatic Swiss Made” at 6. The hour and minute hands are gold feuille, and the central seconds hand is blued-steel, adding a subtle dash of color.
Power for the 1966 comes from the in-house caliber GP01800-0004 automatic winding movement. This ultra-thin movement runs at 28,800 vph (4 Hz), and features an 18K pink gold rotor, 28 jewels, and has an increased power reserve of 54 hours (over 48 on the 38mm version). In keeping with the overall theme of the timepiece, the simply decorated but attractive movement is visible through a display back.