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SIHH Showcase – Girard-Perregaux’s CAT’S EYE PLUM BLOSSOM

CAT’S EYE PLUM BLOSSOM

A plum blossom blooms on the dial. Slender and fragile, it appears as a small seconds hand, like a flower drawing its scent and its life from the earth.
Cat’s Eye, the famous ellipse that has become the signature of the Maison’s women’s collection, appears this year attired in mother-of-pearl, aventurine and diamonds, shining more brightly than ever like pure, iridescent nocturnal lights.
At its heart, the oscillating weight, a decorated bud, finely openworked by hand, reveals the invisible.

White light, dark glow, changing reflections and total refraction: the new generation of Cat’s Eye Small Seconds plays with Earth’s fires.
Crafted from gem-set stainless steel, pink gold or white gold, the elliptical watch is adorned with three visually stunning new variations. Mother-of-pearl, aventurine or diamonds: three materials seize the light and glow with sublime radiance. Whether cold or hot, Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom can always count on a living and vibrant element. The flower serving as a small seconds hand reminds us that this jewellery piece is powered by an automatic Manufacture movement.

Sparkling emotions

A romantic small complication, the flower used as a hand recalls the fundamental element of watchmaking. Its mechanical core is revealed beneath the recurrent back-and-forth swings of the subtly engraved oscillating weight. This floral symbolism, also gracing the crown, brings back life to the very centre of the mineral universe. Whether hard and white like diamonds, or soft and warm like pink gold, the material is a message.

Pure light

Diamond is the hardest material in the universe. Any light that reaches it is multiplied, like the light of the stars through a network of astronomical mirrors. The jewellery version of this creation is an explosion of light. The bezel is set with an imposing ring of diamonds that extends to the lugs and create reliefs that are a delight to caress. And in the midst of this magical scene, like a supernova, nestles a hand-engraved and painted pink mother-of-pearl flower.

Iridescent light

Just as with the Northern Lights, the interaction between light and matter creates magical effects. The iridescence of the mother-of-pearl fascinates the eye like the flutter of a stellar veil. Essentially white, it adorns the oval dial of the Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom. The diamond-set stainless steel case and silvery strap give it an icy cool appearance, yet green, pink or blue reflections accentuate a flash of soft light, the gleam of a flower glistening with morning dew.

Night light

Just before the darkest night, an airy blue veil suffuses the sky. It is already dotted with distant stars, even though the sun has not yet completed its work. The blue aventurine dial magnifies the beauty of a bud exuding a radiant golden glow.

About Girard-Perregaux

Girard-Perregaux is a Swiss high-end watch manufacturer tracing its origins back to 1791. The history of the brand is marked by legendary watches that combine sharp design with innovative technology.

Aesthete of the invisible, in 2019 the Maison is exploring the Cosmos, the essence of time, by introducing a new universe of innovative materials and unexpected complications within the fundamental collections, united by a single theme: “Earth to Sky”.

Girard-Perregaux is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories, which develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands.

 

Technical details

Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom

Reference: 80484D11A701-HK7A (stainless steel, mother-of-pearl dial, white strap) Reference: 80484D52A401-CK4E (pink gold, aventurine glass dial, blue strap)

Case

Material: stainless steel or pink gold, set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 0.85 carats Dimensions: 35,40 x 30.40 mm
Glass: glareproofed sapphire crystal
Dial: white mother-of-pearl or aventurine

Hands: leaf-type for the hours and minutes, hand-painted mother-of-pearl small seconds hand shaped like a plum blossom
Caseback: sapphire crystal secured by four screws
Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

Movement

References: GP03300-0149/0150 Winding: Automatic
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds Power reserve: 46 hours

Number of components: 208 including 28 jewels Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 1⁄2 lignes)
Thickness: 3.36 mm

Strap

Material: white satin-effect leather or blue alligator leather Buckle: stainless steel or pink gold folding clasp

Technical details
Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom Jewellery

Reference: 80498D53M7B1-BKLA

Case

Material: white gold set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 2.31 carats
Dimensions: 36.90 x 30.75 mm
Glass: glareproofed sapphire crystal
Dial: set with 361 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 2.50 carats
Hands: leaf-type for the hours and minutes, hand-painted mother-of-pearl small seconds hand shaped like a plum blossom

Caseback

Sapphire crystal secured by four screws Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

Movement

References: GP03300-0149/0150 Winding: Automatic
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds Power reserve: 46 hours

Number of components: 208 including 28 jewels Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 1⁄2 lignes)
Thickness: 3.36 mm

Strap

Material: pink alligator leather
Buckle: white gold folding clasp set with 31 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 0.45 ct