A Closer Look a the Girard Perregaux Quasar
The Girard-Perregaux Quasar is scheduled to arrive for sale to the general public in March of 2019. The retail price has been set at $194,000 per watch.
Girard-Perregaux has a way with watches and they’ve taken their innovative spirit to new heights with a design that is so unique that their latest creation is without a doubt one of the most unique examples of fine watchmaking and uniqueness we’ve seen. Their integration of high tech is melded with the creative genius of the brand’s Three Bridges movement and a sapphire case that has culminated in the creation of the Girard-Perregaux Quasar, a watch that offers the ultimate display of the Three Golden ridges movement for which they are famous. At first glance on the wrist, it appears to be more a proud display of the mechanical inner workings than it does a traditional time piece. It’s deserving of a closer look and investigation.
The case is simply crafted of sapphire crystal. It measures 45 mm in diameter with a thickness of 15.25 mm. It’s perfectly clear and presents the movement within as a device that is suspended on the wrist and floating in time. The clarity of the sapphire provides all onlookers with a sharp and multi-angle view of the movement from all angles including the back. It is worth noting here that the case for the watch takes more than 200 hours to create. The sapphire is machined into the shape that serves as the housing for the movement.
There is no dial to speak of so we focus on the hour and minute hands which are set atop the movement just below the capping sapphire crystal with an ever so slight beveling of the edges. You see a totally skeletonized version of the watch from front and back. Interestingly, there are no applied hours, minutes or seconds indexes on the watch so you must rely on the positioning of the scissor like hands and assume the correct time from their positioning. Lume has been applied to the hands to give them high visibility in low light conditions. When it comes to legibility, there is a total exposure of the movement and aside from the hands that tell the time, there is little to discern other than the admirably beautiful movement below.