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Girard-Perregaux History

1791: Watchmaker and goldsmith Jean-François Bautte Signed his first watches. This house of watchmaking would later be merged with Girard & Cie by Constant Girard’s son

1852: Watchmaker Constant Girard Founded the Girard & Cie firm in La Choux-de-Fonds.

1856: Constant Girard married Marie Perregaux and so the Girard-Perregaux manufacture was born.

1865: Girard-Perregaux opened a dealership in Buenos Aires. It was welcome to some of the manufacturers finest creations, such as: tourbillons, minute repeaters and other refined Grande Complication models.

1880: Constant Girard produced the first major commercial production of a wristwatch. It was made for German naval officers. Two-thousand of these watches were ordered by German Kaiser Wilhelm I for his German naval officers.

1889: The Girard-Perregaux Esmeralda was revealed at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. This tourbillon with three gold bridges earned Constant Girard-Perregaux a gold and is still one of the manufacturers most identifiable watches to date.

1957: The watchmakers of the Girard-Perregaux manufacturer introduced the Gyromatic, an ultra-thin automatic winding system enabling the production of extremely thin watches.
1965: Girard-Perregaux created the world’s first high-frequency mechanical self-winding movement, the Gyromatic HF, beating at a rate of 36,000 vibration an hour.

1971: Girard-Perregaux presented the first quartz watch ever to be produced in Switzerland. This 32,768 Hertz frequency watch has since become the benchmark among manufacturers worldwide.

2008: The brand present the prototypes of a constant force escapement. The first watch house the Constant escapement is presented in 2013.

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