Girard-Perregaux will debut a new openworked watch called 1966 Skeleton at Baselworld next month. As the name suggested, the clean and minimal dial from 1966 is gone, offering a glimpse into the automatic calibre. The hand decorated openworked components work rather impressively from both technical and aesthetical points of view.
The openworked structure of the movement is delicate and complex. It is amazing to be able to view components that are usually invisible, such as gears, levers, bolts bridges and plates, and they are all hand finished by the brand’s watch artisans. While there is no dial for putting the logotype, the GP initials replace the 12 o’clock marker. The 30mm movement is derived from the in-house GP1800 calibre. The rhodium-plated geartrain allows a discovery journey of 173 components inclusive of 25 jewels. The 38mm diameter 18K pink gold case paired with black alligator strap with matching pink gold pin buckle is complemented by the skeletonised gold oscillating weight that can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back. All in all, this original and contemporary timepiece delivers something quite different.