Ahead of SIHH 2018, Girard-Perregaux released a preview of one of their complicated new timepieces, the Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Skeleton.
Presented in a titanium case measuring 45 mm in diameter, and 15.85 mm thick, the case has no bezel, just a domed sapphire covering the entire dial side. This plus the box-type sapphire crystal caseback offers excellent visibility of all the immaculately finished components, regardless of what side you are viewing.
Despite the appearance of being a hand-wound movement, this is actually an automatic, wound by a white gold micro-rotor which is located behind the mainspring barrel that is located at 12 o’clock. The power reserve is 60-hours.
In addition to the case and bridges, the tourbillon carriage is also made of titanium, weighing a scant 0.25 grams, despite being relatively large at 14.44 mm in diameter. The retail price is approximately $140,000. (Ref. GP 09400-0011)