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The watch company with a worldwide reputation was established in 1791, when a talented watchmaker Jean-Francois Boat in 19 years created the first clock. He was very talented watchmaker, and his ultra-thin watch very quickly gained worldwide recognition. In Geneva, he opened his own manufactory in which he brought together representatives of all the time professions. A large number of well-known, at the time, people have visited his studio, among whom was the future Queen of England - Victoria.
In 1852, Constant Girard founded Girard & Cie, and after 2 years of married Marie Perregaux. Their names and gave the name of manufacture Girard-Perregaux (Girard Perregaux), which after 4 years was opened in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
1867 was marked by the creation of one of the most famous models in the brand's history - hours Tourbillon with Three Bridges, twice received the gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris (in 1867 and 1869).
In 1880, the history of the brand gained another., No less significant, event. Constant Girard developed the first wristwatch for military German fleet started at the personal request of King William. 2,000 copies were produced, which can be described as the first major world series.
In 1889, the most significant work of Girard, Tourbillon with three gold bridges, received a gold medal at the International Exhibition in Paris. The paradox, but two years later he was disqualified for too high a precision mechanism.
In 1903 the manufactory was headed Constant Girard-Gallet, and in 1906 the company was absorbed by Bautte Girard-Perregaux & Cie. In the same year, Graf Zeppelin flew on his flying car to watch Girard-Perregaux.
22 years later the fixed assets of the company bought a German watchmaker Otto Graef, owner of MIMO (Manufacture Internationale de Montres en Or), under whose direction after 2 years the company has reached an unprecedented level at the time of sales - the number of watches sold exceeded the number of pocket.
By 1970, the Manufacture expanded the range of quartz watches and became the first Swiss company to launch their produce on an industrial scale.
In 1992, the company has a new owner - Luigi "Gino" Macaluso, a lover and a friend of the Italian racing car manufacturer Ferrari. In 1993, the watch company has signed an agreement with Ferrari to create an original series of split-chronograph featuring the character Ferrari - prancing horse.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the company opened its first exclusive boutique in Gstaad, Switzerland, and in 2008 in the Prix officiel de la Revue des Montres 2008 was held at the Museum Jacquemart-André, model ww.tc 24 Hour Shopping received the title of "Lady Watch of the Year".
Unfortunately, in our country watch brands Girard-Perregaux is not well known, in contrast to Europe and the United States. In turn, in Japan, where the annual competition of the best hours of the year, watch Girard-Perregaux has repeatedly occupied the leading position. And no wonder - the classic mechanical model Girard-Perregaux satisfy all the requirements of the clock "higher tier".
Since its inception, Girard-Perregaux has never stopped production hours - even during the Second World War, a time when many well-known watch brands were forced to take a break in production.
The company Girard-Perregaux deservedly occupies a leading position on the hourly Olympus is also due to the fact that it uses exclusively his own hours, developed at its plants and in their shops, in-house movements, and produces them for other companies. Companies like Girard-Perregaux (and then there were some) do develop and produce not only the engines, but all the parts, cases, dials, clock hands, and even thongs. About five hundred Swiss watch companies to date have only six such factories - Girard-Perregaux, Jaeger-le Coultre, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Zenith, and Audemars Piguet.
Girard-Perregaux company specializes in creating complicated watches with different functions, and the development and production of new and improved machinery. So, in 1999, the company patented the world's first self-winding tourbillon.
To date watches Girard-Perreguax considered one of the best hours of my class. Over the shoulders of the company - over 100 years of valuable experience, thanks to which company made its name in the watch industry, annually offering new models of complex mechanical watches.
To date watches Girard-Perreguax are collections of Haute Horlogerie, Vintage 1945, ww.tc, GP 1966, Cat's Eye, Small Chronograph, Richeville, Laureato, Sea Hawk, R & D 01. Also, the existing limited series of ANF, BORSA ITALIANA, COLORADO GRAND, MENUHIN FESTIVAL GSTAAD, MONTE-CARLO HISTORIC CAR RALLY, WW.TC ENAMEL DIAL, WW.TC SINCERE.