The case design is virtually unchanged from the smaller model, featuring short lugs, a simple sloped bezel, and a slightly convex case back. Sapphire crystal protects the dial, and the crown is signed “GP.” The entire case is solid au750 pink gold, a reserved but lovely hue that works well for a modern dress watch.
On the wrist, the 1966 Ultra-Thin achieves exactly what it set out to do. Be a simple, elegant, modern-sized dress watch clad in a precious metal that harkens back to designs of the 1960s. There is no fanfare accompanying this piece – it just works without drawing attention to itself. At 10mm of thickness, it fits brilliantly under the cuff, but with its larger diameter case, it isn’t lost like so many petite pieces before it. This is everything a dress watch should be.
At fancy events it slid in under the radar – that is until my colleagues caught a glimpse of the Pink Gold case, and then the questions and compliments came pouring in to the tune of; “Simply Beautiful,” “Classic,” “Can’t Go Wrong With That.”
In summation, the 1966 Ultra Thin isn’t a piece that will win any awards for being the most interesting or exotic piece at your next collector get together, but it will get the nod of appreciation from everyone without question. Classic, understated elegance with an honest, no-nonsense movement is the name of the game. And this one wins it. Price is $16,800. girard-perregaux.com
>Brand: Girard Perregaux
>Model: 1966 Pink Gold
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: That guy who doesn’t have any desire to draw attention to his wrist, but takes satisfaction in knowing he’s wearing something of quality that doesn’t demand it.
>Worst characteristic of watch: A little on the pricey end of the spectrum.
>Best characteristic of watch: Thin case with modern dial proportions.