Constructing on their official partnership, Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux have collectively created a spectacular new timepiece, reimagining ‘the bridge’, one of many oldest mechanical signatures in watchmaking. A brand new addition to the well-known Bridges assortment, the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version showcases practical elements typically hidden from view and brings them to the fore. Impressed by Aston Martin’s subsequent technology of sportscars, designers took affect from the world’s first Tremendous Tourer, DB12, with the brand new watch reflecting the automobile’s sculpted contours and sharp traces.
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Mixing magnificence and engineering
In 2021, Girard-Perregaux was introduced because the Official Watch Partner of the ultra-luxury British model Aston Martin. Each corporations have a wealthy heritage, with over 300 years of mixed historical past, working within the rarefied world of luxurious. Furthermore, the long-lasting British marque and Swiss Manufacture are synonymous with design excellence and no-compromise engineering, making them an ideal match. The collaboration between the 2 leaders has seen the creation of some really distinctive timepieces, every proudly bearing the title of each marques.
Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux unveil their fifth co-branded timepiece of their long-standing collaboration. The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version is pushed by each events’ ardour for pushing the efficiency envelope relating to design and watchmaking experience. It’s up to date and seamlessly blends magnificence and engineering to ship breathtaking efficiency.
Marek Reichmann, Govt Vice President and Chief Artistic Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda, remarks:
From the beginning of our relationship with Girard-Perregaux as our Official Watch Companion, it was clear that we had a shared ardour for precision and efficiency design. Our trade of concepts about design particulars and specs flowed overtly and naturally, and the watches bearing our names have been authentically co-built by way of a shared spirit of true collaboration.
On this newest mannequin, the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version, the joint inventive staff – comprising designers from each corporations – determined to problem some generally held horological conventions across the design of the motion. With due consideration given to structural rigidity, efficiency and sweetness, I’m delighted with the end result.
Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, provides:
This was not merely a case of placing Aston Martin’s title on one among our watches. They performed an lively function within the conception of this watch, wanting on the supplies employed and, curiously, the design of the motion. The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version is the spectacular final result of two corporations synergistically working collectively.
Embracing the long run
The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version is the newest addition to the Swiss watchmaker’s Bridges assortment, a variety of fashions which have lengthy been entwined with the corporate’s DNA. In 1867, Fixed Girard sketched a pocket watch endowed with three parallel bridges. Unusually, these distinguished bridges, important elements that type a part of a motion’s construction, had been refined and famously turned design parts. Nevertheless, whereas Girard-Perregaux is justly happy with its heritage, it doesn’t languish prior to now however wholeheartedly embraces the long run, typically uniting thought-provoking styling, cutting-edge supplies and creative mechanisms, one thing that’s manifest with the brand new Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version.
A shared language
Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux each communicate the identical language relating to luxurious. They every perceive the significance of constant design whereas concurrently searching for development. Underpinning this shared philosophy is the assumption that mechanical elements ought to arouse intense feelings.
The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version, a watch that perpetuates a number of the design concepts discovered on former collaborative watches, additionally delivers a contemporary, fresh-faced look with thought-about particulars. It eschews a standard dial to disclose its inverted motion, the Calibre GP0840000-2164, a configuration that brings elements normally discovered to the rear of the watch, relocating them to the entrance. Upholding the spirit of the Bridges assortment, the practical elements of this mannequin contribute to its total visible attract. The Neo-shaped bridges help the gear prepare and stability, and the wearer is invited to witness a number of components in dialog, working collectively to impart time. Upholding Girard-Perregaux custom, the association of motion elements confers symmetry, thereby delivering a harmonious look.
Skeletonized baton-type indexes proclaim the hours and minutes. Impressed by the automotive world, the place extraneous materials is eliminated to avoid wasting weight, this watch dispenses with a standard dial. The fingers incorporate luminescent materials, which bestows a inexperienced emission in restricted gentle, a color that may ceaselessly be related to Aston Martin. The suspended indexes on a hoop encircling the dial undertaking outwards are lined with luminescent materials, which seems inexperienced once more in dim circumstances. Each the design of the fingers and indexes uphold the styling of earlier dual-branded watches. In between every index, crisp inexperienced markings positioned on the ring above denote every minute in lucid type. Endowed with two Neo bridges, executed in Aston Martin Inexperienced, the design pays tribute to Fixed’s Nineteenth-century creation, albeit realized in a recent type. In distinction, the color of the bridges honours Aston Martin and its wealthy historical past of crafting high-performance automobiles.
Energy is important
Energy is a prerequisite for efficiency, evident inside any creation bearing Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux. A barrel, successfully the gasoline tank of the watch, is positioned at 1.30. A black openworked bridge helps it and bears the title of the Swiss Manufacture. This watch is automated, harvesting power from the pure movement of the wearer’s wrist, utilizing a small oscillating weight, termed a micro-rotor. The scale of the micro-rotor contribute to the motion’s slender profile, which is simply 5.45mm in peak.
Moreover, it additionally affords unhindered views of the motion. On this occasion, the micro-rotor is engraved with the title of the British luxurious marque, sharing equal standing with the producer’s title gracing the barrel. When designing the barrel and micro-rotor, the joint inventive staff took inspiration from the brakes, that are revealed behind Aston Martin DB12’s spoked wheels, showcasing sharper traces and additional openings.
A play with color
Color is useful for accentuating shapes, imbuing sculptural varieties with gentle and shade, emotion and keenness. Appraising the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version, brushed greys, vibrant rubies, brooding blacks, and silver-coloured wheels unite to impart time whereas concurrently stirring the soul. Most notably, the Aston Martin Inexperienced Neo Bridges reveal completely different tones as they interact with gentle. Endowing the bridges with color whereas sustaining their alluring three-dimensional look was technically difficult.
A DB12 for the wrist
Peruse the curved contours of the Aston Martin DB12, the world’s first tremendous tourer, and its intent is obvious: to cowl nice distances in consolation whereas making every mile an exhilarating and memorable expertise. The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version shares the identical philosophy. Every contour and aspect end result from protracted thought meant to ship efficiency and a chic wearer expertise. The assorted supplies have been mixed to ignite the soul and seduce the wearer with their tactile really feel. For instance, the strap is black rubber with a material impact and is animated with inexperienced stitches. Fitted with a titanium DLC triple folding buckle, the strap cossets the wrist splendidly and appears gorgeous.
Matching the shortage and exclusivity of an Aston Martin mannequin, the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version will probably be a uncommon sight, restricted to only 250 items. The mannequin goes on sale in December 2023 and will probably be obtainable worldwide in all licensed Girard-Perregaux retailers.
The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Version Technical Specification
Materials: titanium DLC
Dimensions: 45.00 mm
Peak: 12.18 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystal ‘field’
Case-back: sapphire crystal with white Aston Martin emblem decal
Dial: ring displaying suspended indexes with luminescent materials (inexperienced emission)
Arms: skeletonized, ‘baton’ sort with luminescent materials (inexperienced emission)
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Self-winding mechanical motion
Diameter: 32.00 mm (141/4’’’)
Peak: 5.45 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Variety of elements: 208
Variety of jewels: 29
Energy reserve: min. 48 hours
Capabilities: hours, minutes
Materials: black rubber strap with cloth impact and inexperienced stitches
Buckle: titanium DLC triple folding buckle
Steered retail worth:
CHF 36’000 / USD 37’700 / GBP 32’100 /
Restricted version of 250 items, not numbered (One among 250)
- That is a collaboration finished properly.
- The Aston Martin branding is just not too in-your-face.
- A large mark up on the usual model.
- The top result’s decidedly underwhelming.