Girard-Perregaux WW.TC ‘Financial’
By Robert-Jan Broer for Watchuseek
Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, there is one thing both type of travelers share: We all want to know what time it is in our home time zone. If you are working in finance and travel a lot through different time zones, then the watch we are reviewing here, the Girard-Perregaux WW.TC ‘Financial’ might be something of your interest.
Another – and perhaps the most used and useable – complication on wristwatches is a chronograph. Whether you are recording the time you travel, the time it takes the pizza delivery boy to arrive or to time how long it takes before your computer application responds, we all seem to find use in this complication.
When we open our package from the Girard-Perregaux (herafter: GP) manufacturer, we notice immediately that the WW.TC ‘Financial’ is bigger than we’ve expected. Although there are more 43mm watches around these days, for a dress watch, we still find the diameter of this watch to be quite impressive. We have received the stainless steel version, but there is also a rose gold version available of the GP WW.TC ‘Financial’.
We think this WW.TC ‘Financial’ has a watch case that easily identifies this watch as being a GP world timer, it doesn’t remind us of any other watch out there. The satin-brushed sides and polished bezel is a feast for the eyes and we just love the disc with 24 cities mentioned on it. When you strap on this watch, you are immediately aware that this must be something special.
GP is one of the manufacturers that have been designing and developing in-house movements for ages. Other brands have been using these movements as well; think of the Cartier Pasha with power reserve indicator of a few years ago. The movement inside our WW.TC ‘Financial’ is a caliber GP033C0 movement, which has the following functions: hour, minute, second (small), world time indicator, chronograph, date and stock market trading times. This GP033C0 movement is basically developed using the GP3300 movement. Additional modules (by GP) made it possible to feature the world time and stock exchange opening times on one watch.
The stock market trading times is a feature that is specifically designed for this Financial World Timer (introduced in 2006). Besides the 24-hour ring that is synced with the hour hand, an extra disc has been used to display the business hours of the four stock markets. These four stock markets are highlighted in blue (London, Tokyo) and red (Hong Kong, New York) on the city disc. When the red pointer on the 24-hour ring points at one of the 4 major stock markets, it displays the remaining opening time of that particular stock exchange. We find it quite an ingenious system and very easy to operate.
Operating all this functionality, including the chronograph and setting time and date, is done using the 2 crowns and 2 buttons. On the right side of the watch, you’ll find the setting/winding crown and the start and stop pusher for chronograph functionality. Both crowns are screw-down, which means they are resistant to dust and a certain level of pressure/water (30ATM).
Having this functionality, a date-window and the three sub-registers in one dial, people may find it a bit crowded when glancing at the time. The WW.TC ‘Financial’ version we have, has a ivory background color which makes it a bit more comfortable for your eyes, but busy never the less. Although this is strictly personal, we do love the two-word brand names on a dial. Girard-Perregaux, elegantly written on the dial and immediately sounding ‘haute horlogerie’ like Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audemars Piguet.
When we flip over the watch, we are instantly confronted by the fact that this watch has a relatively large diameter. The in-house movement looks quite small, perhaps too small for this case. Although we know it is hard to create a perfectly fitting movement for every individual case, we’d rather see a closed hatch here. The movement itself looks great; the stippling and Cotes de Geneve finish really makes it worth displaying, which means we regret it that it doesn’t match the case size.
Thus far, a great watch by a well-known manufacturer. There is only one thing that comes to mind that would bother us when owning this watch our selves: the very pointy and bended lugs. Perhaps this also has to do with wrist size, but the lugs tend to stick into your wrist a bit too much. As you can see on the picture below, they are quite ‘out there’.
Our watch comes on a leather alligator strap with a stainless steel folding deployant. The folding deployant is very nicely crafted and very easy to adjust. We feel quite safe wearing this watch on a buckle like this; normally we prefer a tang buckle. This buckle sits quite flat on the wrist and is in no way annoying. The GP logo is written in full on the inside of the folding clasp, which gives it a nice touch. The GP initials are engraved on the upper side of the folding buckle, visible at all times.
All in all, the GP WW.TC ‘Financial’ is a watch that we only knew from advertisements in magazines and on the internet, we’ve never handled it before. As we are very keen on world timer watches, we were more than happy to give this GP a test drive. The GP WW.TC ‘Financial’ is definitely a watch that should be considered high-end, its appearance makes it suitable for various types of travelers and certainly includes those traveling for (financial) business. The finish of the watch case, dial, movement, strap and folding deployant meet the standard for watches in this price category.
An additional bonus, and GP probably doesn’t want to hear this, is that this brand is a bit underrated by the watch loving public. Often, GP doesn’t come to mind when discussing the other double-name timepieces we mentioned before. Compared to those, GP is relatively friendly priced and you do get a true ‘manfacture’ timepiece in return.
This watch retails for $14,650.
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