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    Picture What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    I know this is a silly question for the most of us, but somewhere on this planet there are people that can afford to spend this kind of money on a watch. Let's proceed and find out what watch we're talking about .....

    Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Bi-Axial tantalum and sapphire

    History reinvented

    A Tourbillon Bi-Axial with high-tech materials: an iconic design inspired by a Tourbillon pocket watch from the 1860s, a style that has nevertheless maintained its modern appeal. The new tantalum Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Bi-Axial with three sapphire bridges imposes a vision of time where precision, both technical and esthetic, is the watchword. A new limited edition of 12 pieces has been released.
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    This time, the Tourbillon Bi-Axial has chosen tantalum because of its durable, malleable and corrosion-resistant gray-blue metal, which is usually used in the chemical, electronic and aerospace industries. In addition to its many technological assets, it also lends a masculine and contemporary style to the watch.

    The pure design and strong character of the timepiece are conveyed by the style of the three bridges cut in sapphire. Both imaginative and imposing, they have a metallic black finish that accentuates their volume for a striking visual effect. Gold, steel, glucydur and grade-five titanium contribute in their own way to optimize the tourbillon bi-axial mechanism and highlight its components. It offers surprising delicacy: the two cages, featuring more than 110 parts, only weigh 0.8 grams. The platinum is decorated by a traditional circular guilloche motif, counterbalanced by its galvanic gray finishing, while the barrel bears the characteristic elliptic pattern of the famous nickel and silver three parallel bridge pocket watch made by Constant Girard in the 1860s.
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    Visible from both sides of the case, the bi-axial rotation of the tourbillon is hypnotic. Oscillating with the strict precision, the system is fitted with two concentric cages enabling the regulating part to make multi-dimensional rotations, thus compensating for power variations caused by gravity. The internal cage bearing the balance, balance spring and escapement completes one turn on its axis in forty-five seconds. The external cage completes one revolution in one minute and fifteen seconds on a second axis. These different positions guarantee excellent precision.

    Inspired by its 19th Century origins, this new edition of the Tourbillon Bi-Axial forms a link between these time periods. Benefiting from cutting-edge technology, it calls on rare manufacturing expertise. In its day, Constant Girard's pocket watch brought in a new vision of Fine Watchmaking, crowned by a first class prize at the Neuchâtel Observatory and a distinction at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1867. Today, the new Girard-Perregaux design hallmarks a vibrant tribute to this heritage through this reinterpretation. It is proof that the brand's watchmakers and designers have the talent needed to reinvent it without deviating from its rich history.

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    Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Bi-Axial
    Tantalum and sapphire bridges
    Technical specifications

    Case in tantalum and sapphire bridges
    Diameter: 45.00 mm
    Crystal: glare-proof sapphire
    Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
    Water resistance: 30 meters.

    Girard-Perregaux GPE07-0002 movement
    Manually-wound mechanical watches
    Caliber: 15 ’’’
    Frequency: 21.600 A/h (3Hz)
    Power reserve: min. 70 hours
    Stones: 28 rubies
    Functions: Tourbillon Bi-Axial, hour, minute

    Black alligator strap
    Folding buckle in microbead blasted steel

    Reference: 99810-81-000-BA6A

    12-piece limited edition

    Visit the Girard-Perregaux website
    Best regards,

    Ernie Romers
    Founder and former site owner, Hidden Content

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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    Only 200K more Euro and I can get their Jackpot Tourbillon.

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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    I'm surprised that the 6 screws don't align more symmetrically. That may be nit picking, but for EUR 406,000 I think you get the right to pick nits.
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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    Quote Originally Posted by siodad View Post
    I'm surprised that the 6 screws don't align more symmetrically. That may be nit picking, but for EUR 406,000 I think you get the right to pick nits.
    Agreed.

    They should index perfectly for that price.

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    just ordered 11 of them. Better get in there quick to pick up the last one!
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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    But you only have 2 wrists.
    Quote Originally Posted by systemcrasher View Post
    just ordered 11 of them. Better get in there quick to pick up the last one!

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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    Easy a 2014 (older car pictured) RSR


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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    The servicing costs for both would be about the same.

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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    So the case is made from tantalum because it's malleable. Does that mean my shirt cuff is going to scratch it?

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    Re: What if you had EUR 406,000 to spend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr AT View Post
    So the case is made from tantalum because it's malleable. Does that mean my shirt cuff is going to scratch it?
    My Chrono Blue is tantalum. It's pretty durable. At 1/30th the price :)

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