With Geneva Watch Days underway, Girard-Perregaux has announced two models, the Free Bridge and the Free Bridge Infinity Edition. One model is a standard production watch cased in stainless steel. The other – and the one that we will focus on here – is the Infinity Edition, a steel DLC-coated case, with 18k pink-gold accents throughout, limited to 88 pieces only. This is a distinctly modern timepiece, as evidenced by the case finishing, but with several design cues which pay tribute to the brand’s heritage.
The stated intent behind this watch’s design is to quite literally bridge the traditional with the modern. In the 1860s, Constant Girard developed a tourbillon pocket watch, which featured three nickel bridges. The design of this watch is meant to pay respect to that three bridge heritage. Both the Free Bridge Infinity Edition and the standard production Free Bridge feature an arrow-shaped “Neo Bridge” that spans the base of the mainplate. Its shape is designed to evoke the brand’s oft-used arrow-shaped bridge design, while simultaneously serving as a reinterpretation of contemporary architecture. This idea of modern inspiration stretches to the materials used in the in-house caliber GP01800