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As well as many other Swiss watchmaking brands, the Girard-Perregaux company has a long history. Jean-François Bautte, a jeweler from Geneva, founded his own company in 1791, and this year is considered the date of the Girard-Perregaux brand’s birth. Creations of Bautte were so popular that Constant Girard and his wife Marie Perregaux decided to buy this company in 1856. During the next years, the new owners of this company recruited an excellent team uniting only the best professionals of the watchmaking art and looked for different ways to expand the market of this industry from Switzerland to the whole world.
Nowadays, the history of this brand exceeds two centuries of constant improvement and development of innovations in the watch manufacturing sphere. Many magnificent models were created during this period of time, but the modern assortment of timepieces by the Girard-Perregaux brand still has many amazing luxury watches for men and women. The model range of the Girard-Perregaux company is represented in 7 collections, and each of them has its own zest. All these collections are mixed and include different timepieces for both men and women. However, pre-owned Girard-Perregaux watches are still popular nowadays, and many previous models are considered precious and rare antiques. This fact affects their price very much.
One of the most famous collections of the past by the Girard-Perregaux company is called “Vintage 1945.” The main peculiarity of this collection is a broad selection of XXL sizes. For instance, the “Chrono 2599” model has a rectangular 44mm case made of stainless steel. The silver dial has black Arabic numerals, blue hands, and two small sub-dials with chronograph functions placed at 3 and 9 o’clock. The sub-dial at 3 o’clock shows the date of the month, while the second one duplicates minutes. A case back of the timepiece has the brand signature; it is the sign of the high-end quality of this watch. The automatic movement used in this very model gives it extreme accuracy of time. The female model from the same collection has a more luxurious design. Its rectangular silver-colored case made of stainless steel looks very elegant due to encrustation with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds. The case’s geometrical style resembles a new pattern of Art Deco with its pure lines. Moreover, this jewel watch has 42 brilliant-cut diamonds on the silver dial. Its sapphire glass with an anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating guarantees water resistance up to 30 meters (3 Atmospheres) and contributes to the timepiece’s perfect appearance. Stainless-steel oscillating weight of the model has a self-winding mechanical movement with 26 jewels in the mechanism. This model has the additional function of date. The date window is placed at 6 o’clock on the dial with silver Arabic numerals. Another interesting point of this fascinating female timepiece is an exhibition case back giving the owner a good opportunity to see how the clock mechanism (one of the smallest in the watchmaking industry) works.