The 2016 Girard-Perregaux offerings shows new promise for the brand. I’ve been looking at Girard-Perreaux’s 2016 Watches Replica Replica and thinking about them for some time now, with full intent to share my thoughts…and finally I have gotten around to it! Today I will start with with a look at the entirely new “Collection Competizione”, which features two chronograph designs evoking the automotive world, the Stradale and the Circuito. But first I would like to look back in time and reflect a bit more deeply about what is really behind the 2016 Girard-Perregaux collections!
In Girard-Perregaux’s 2016 lineup we are clearly seeing the influence of new CEO Antonio Calce. There is no doubt in my mind as to this. Formerly CEO of Corum, Calce’s appointment to the GP leadership position (including oversight of sister brand JeanRichard) was announced in January 2015. With long planning and development cycles, Calce’s early 2015 appointment obviously provided no opportunity to influence the 2015 Watches Replica Replica. But this year we clearly see a new direction for GP.
Most Watch Replica enthusiasts know that Girard-Perregaux has tremendous heritage in the Swiss Watch Replica industry, with iconic creations such as the “Three Golden Bridges” and others. But reflecting back on the last 5 or so years that I have followed the brand, it somewhere along this timeline seemed to lose its guiding compass and be on a downward trend. There were peculiar and seemingly frequent changes to some of the brand’s collections (Hawk, Traveller), with a non-cohesive mix of on sport/diving Watches Replica Replica, classic designs, and more. Though some nice Watches Replica were created and the efforts were admirable, it was clear that GP was not defining itself in the modern Watch Replica making era in a compelling manner. On the plus side, some key collections generally stayed true to their roots (1966, Vintage 1945, Three Golden Bridges), and there was a very exciting innovation breakthrough that manifested itself in the GP Constant Escapement Watch Replica . But overall a clear focus and direction for the brand seemed lacking.
Though too early to say for sure, this situation looks to have turned a corner in 2016. And perhaps not surprisingly it is thanks to Calce’s plan to restore a strong connection to the brand’s heritage and its technical Watch Replica making expertise. As Calce stated in an interview shortly after his hiring:
In order to reaffirm our identity, we need to go back to our history. Girard-Perregaux has a considerable historic heritage, a strong identity and a Watch Replica making tradition of unique richness and depth, and it can also lay claim to one of the first rational manufactures built in Switzerland.
It seems simple, to “go back to one’s roots” to re-establish a brand in the minds of consumers, but one must not forget that in order to return to the roots, return to the heritage, a brand must first have abandoned them or lost its way to some degree! And this, in sum, is why I think the Girard-Perregaux 2016 collections, which are now grouped as “Bridges” “Heritage” “1966” “Cat’s Eye” and “Competizione”, look the way they do.
As now as promised, I will share here a higher-level look at the new Competizione collection, a new collection of the brand
Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale
42mm steel case, automatic mechanical GP Cal 03300-031 column-wheel chronograph
The Chrono Stradale is the classic and sport design of Girard-Perregaux’s new “Sport Competizione” line. It has a classic round case with elongated lugs and pump pushers, and a 3-register + date chronograph layout that is in the spirit of the GP’s historic chronographs. The movement is visible through sapphire display back. It is a beautiful, classic, well proportioned design.
Girard-Perregaux Competizione Circuito
42mm carbon/titanium composite, automatic mechanical GP Cal 03300-031 column-wheel chronograph
The strap is calfskin with “carbon effect” texturing with a black DLC finished steel buckle
The Chrono Circuito is the sport and innovative model of Girard-Perregaux’s new “Sport Competizione” line. This Watch Replica has a modern and contemporary case material (8 times lighter than steel and 4 times lighter than titanium) and honeycomb dial design with touches of red. Looks very stylish and sporty with the red accents and the high-tech case, while still maintaining classic case lines and dial layout.
I encourage you to hop over (click here) to GP’s website and check out all the 2016 releases for yourself. See what you think! And/or please share your thoughts below!