It must be said that many horological wonders have been helmed from human adventures. Perhaps this could be true, especially of the World Time, which have accompanied many innovators of railways and, in the latter time, civil aviation. Girard-Perregaux is one among those who played an integral part of this journey since 1791. And now, the brand has reinterpreted its cherished model, the ww.tc, making it more relevant in the modernized world in a version that matches the caliber of urban watches: the 1966.
The brand, which celebrated its 225th Anniversary in 2016, contains a lengthy history of iconic creations. It was in the 18th century when the world first saw the ultra-thin models paired with automaton by Jean-François Bautte, who is the genius behind the manufacture. In the 19th century, the brand released the legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, in which Constant Girard-Perregaux was awarded with the 1889 Universal Exhibition. In the mid-20th century, the Gyromatic hF was produced by the in-house R&D department, which, it must be noted, was the only existing ones at that time. This high-frequency movement beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour and it has won Girard-Perregaux the 1966 Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary for its chronometric function.
And the list goes on. Even now, the manufacture has 80 patents to its name, encompassing every watchmaking proficiency under its belt. This creative stream, however, shows no signs of drying up, as they unleash another beautiful creation marked by its legacy. The ww.tc, an abbreviation for World Wide Time Control, dedicates a movement that offers companionship to travelers, enabling instant and simultaneous readings of the time in 24 cities around the planet.
It was built to foster global communication. The 1966 ww.tc, perhaps the first of the collection with such powerful complication, offers user-friendly features when it comes to legibility and handling. On the dial is a rotating 24-hour disc which embraces the chapter ring. Two semi-circles are made to distinguish the time between day and night. Settings are easily accessed through the crowns found at 3 and 9 o’clock. The first crown positions the reference city at noon. The second is meant to adjust the hours and minutes so that the 24-hour disc is synchronized automatically.
The 1966 ww.tc comes with a Manufacture automatic movement and a 46-hour power reserve. The caliber powers the time and reference city and maneuvers it in both directions. Aesthetic wise, the watch is accentuated by a slim, polished bezel framing with a hefty opaline dial. Everything is encased in sapphire glass. Leaf-type hands sweeps through the dial while at the back, the mechanism showcases chamfered and grained mechanism adorned with Côtes de Genève.