Baselworld, the mecca for luxury timepieces and jewelry, has once again set a marker for what we can expect from the biggest names across the industry. This year, the complexity of 3D printers and fresh innovative design elements captivated audiences. One of our favorite timepieces to come out of the Swiss corner of the world, the Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges turned heads, very much including ours.
At Baselworld, Girard-Perregaux debuted their Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges, a new take on an old favorite and traditional staple from the timepiece manufacturer whose first iteration of this design was created almost 150 years ago. Let’s walk through what makes this radical reissue tick.
The eyes are immediately drawn to the three bridges stretched across the whirring tourbillion like a rib cage. These radical, skeletonized bridges are made of titanium, which is sandblasted and PVD coated to give it an avant-garde spirit and dramatic sculptural design. Titanium is as strong as steel yet 45 percent lighter, which attributes to the timepiece’s overall weight. The hands are also skeleton in shape, giving them a more lightweight and transparent appearance.
The inclined mainplate slopes downward where the tourbillon cage, which is also made of titanium, rests, giving a sense of depth. The cage is now larger, at 14.44 millimeters in diameter, and, in total, is comprised of 80 components with a combined weight of 0.25 grams. Joined in aesthetic harmony, the Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges fits within a diameter of 45 millimeters. Water-resistant up to 30 meters, it features an alligator strap with pink gold folding buckle.
Case: pink gold
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Black alligator leather strap with hand stitches
Pink gold folding buckle