It is one thing for innovation to make its mark in the present. It is another for that innovation to stand the test of time. But it is a moment for the ages when that innovation evolves into an icon of its industry and perpetually re-establishes its reign atop the horological world for 135 years.
On March 25th 1884, at 14:09:19, Constant Girard would file Girard-Perregaux’s patent for the “Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges”. In doing so, the Swiss watchmaker gave birth to one of the most legendary journeys in horological history. The exquisite movement, featuring three gold arrow-shaped bridges, aligned in parallel on the face of the watch, broke the fourth wall of haute horology with stunning éclat. The very pillars of the internal mechanism were brought to the forefront, transposing the timepiece’s functional elements into the shining stars of its aesthetic beauty.
Five years later, the Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges was honored with the prestigious gold medal at the 1889 Universal Exposition of Paris.
Throughout its 135 years, the Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges has continuously found a way to remain as pertinent to its contemporary period as it was on the historic afternoon when it was patented. From its original form to its adorning of resplendent ladies’ wristwatches and to its numerous iterations varying from classical elegance to modern sophistication, the illustrious movement has become synonymous with Girard-Perregaux.