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One Day at a TimeBASELWORLD 2013: The Girard-Perregaux Traveller Kollektion

The perfect companion for time lived one day at a time, the new Traveller collection from Girard-Perregaux has a strong refined and modern style, while at the same time being both casual and elegant and inspires a new way of living.

“Traveller”- The collection’s very name says it all. It describes the globetrotter juggling time zones; or anyone for whom the passing hours are a journey to be savored at every instant. Like its two models – one a chronograph with time zone indication, and the other with moon phases and large date - Traveller journeys in time, within its own time. The collection builds on the past’s expertise to reveal today’s hours, setting off to conquer the world, here and there, and everywhere, following the minutes that tick by. It experiences every moment intensely, because traveling allows the wearer to savor the passing of time, time that no one can control.

The Traveller collection is the inheritor of the iconic collection, with a new look. The lines are sleek, the curves dynamic, the shapes stretched: the sense of movement is at the heart of the style. The 44 mm diameter sleek silhouette belongs to the 21st century, soft and energetic at the same time. The graduated bevels of the long lugs underline their convex curves. The alternation of satin-brushed and polished finishes captures and reflects the light, enhancing each detail of the design. The dials play subtly with the depth of field, adding relief to the time displayed. Lastly, the oscillating weight and the folding clasp pay tribute to the arrow of Girard-Perregaux’s emblematic three gold Bridges, giving the collection a distinctly contemporary character.

Traveller moon phases and large date

Urban. Understated. Every detail of the Traveller moon phases and large date affirms its modernity. Fashioned in steel, its case is made up of 30 elements with a subtle interplay of satin-brushed and polished surfaces.

The very slightly spherical opaline dial emphasizes the time indication with an effect of depth accentuated by the plunging beveled minute scale. The luminescent-tipped applique hour-markers point towards the center, as if to draw the eye toward the displays, hollowed and routed in the dial. Sweeping over the markers, the hours and minutes hands are also picked out with luminescent material, laid out in a fine balance: the large date at 12 o’clock, capped by a polished GP applique; the moon phases escorted by the small second at 7.30; and the power reserve at 4.30. Driven by the self-winding mechanical movement Manufacture caliber GP03300, the indications outdo one another in the elegance and originality of their layout. Using a novel design, the moon phases and power reserve display mechanisms are directly connected to the barrel. The extremely precise lunations appear on a wheel in constant rotation, which needs to only be adjusted by one day in 122 years. The corrector is placed on the case at 10 o’clock. The design chosen for the moon is strikingly realistic. Representing the visible face of the moon, the image is made on a mineral glass and then metalized with a subtle gradation from black to gray somewhat reminiscent of the Milky Way. Silvery stars stud the night; one of them hides the Girard-Perregaux logo. The satin-brushed circular border of the display is marked with the divisions of the small second dial.

The instantaneous large date, jumping in 15 milliseconds, crowns the whole view with a polished aperture. The display mechanism works with a system patented by Girard-Perregaux. Two disks, one transparent, the other matte, for the units and tens respectively, overlap without leaving any borderline. The feat is certainly helped by their thinness, at 0.10 mm. The round contemporary calligraphy of the date numbers echoes the general design of the watch.

Offered with a black alligator leather strap perfectly integrated with the case, the Traveller moon phases and large date gives an ergonomic fit to the wrist. It is also available with a black dial or with a gray dial and black ceramic bezel and brown strap.