Every two years since 2005, Only Watch brings together legendary Maisons for their biennial auction in support of funding research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Today we get a preview of Girard-Perregaux’s avant-garde details that create their Casquette Only Watch. This model was initially released in 1976, breaking the traditional mold of watchmaking with its quartz movement and red numerals on a digital display.
Moving forward to this year’s auction, Girard-Perregaux has teamed with Bamford Watch Department to bring back the 1976 Casquette but in a way that will be fitting to contemporary times and excite enthusiasts and collectors.
“As Girard-Perregaux celebrates its 230th anniversary, both the Manufacture and Bamford Watch Department have enjoyed revisiting the Casquette, a much-loved gem that remains an important chapter in our history,” shares Patrick Pruniaux, the CEO of Girard-Perregaux. “I am delighted with the look of the Casquette Only Watch. In fact, it does make me wonder why we ever stopped making such a distinctive timepiece. Its new upgraded movement delivers additional functionality that will certainly enhance the ownership experience. Most of all, I am proud that Girard-Perregaux and some of our competitors actively support Only Watch, a charity that has done much for a worthwhile cause.”
This latest rendition of the iconic piece continues the original look of the Casquette with the functions found on the 1976 design, precisely, the date, seconds, minutes, and hours. However, it now features a second time zone, chronograph, and ‘secret date,’ which means the wearer can program their timepiece to show a specified date and time as they choose. A sleek case of forged carbon and titanium features a Grade 5 titanium back with “Only Watch” engraved and anti-reflective sapphire glass—a striking, all-black piece to covet.
It will be the sole creation of its kind and presented for auction on November 6 at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva.
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