Diamonds and mother-of-pearl come together in an enchanted union that lights up the dials of the Girard Perregaux watches – Cat’s Eye Sparkle and the Cat’s Eye La Fenice. The Cat’s Eye Sparkle features an oval-shaped case set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds. It composes a supremely appealing frame, much like an 18th century paintings whose oval border was a rare and sought-after ornament in itself.
A perfectly proportioned oval of diamonds blooms in the dial centre, playing its own distinctive role amid the surrounding mother-of-pearl. Each gemsetting technique serves a different purpose. Snow setting instils a sense of mystery, since it is imbued with a certain sense of apparent randomness. The jewellery artisan creates the decor directly on the material. One after the other, following an intensely personal thought pattern, more than 200 brilliant-cut diamonds of varying diameters are deftly juxtaposed, to the point of entirely covering the gold surface. Each dial calls for more than 25 hours of work, along with the inspired expertise of the artisans that instil each piece with a touch of soul.
This new model is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement designed, developed and crafted by the Manufacture in keeping with the finest Swiss traditions. Calibre GP03300-0101, with its 195 components and 46-hour power reserve, is also distinguished by its superb finishing including Côtes de Genève striping and circular graining on the mainplate, blued steel screws and an oscillating weight bearing the “GP” Tapisserie pattern
The Cat’s Eye La Fenice is entirely in tune with this festive mood, glittering with more than 200 emerald-cut diamonds of exceptional quality. The dial features a splendid decor composed of 83 emerald-cut diamonds (approx. 3.97 cts), along with 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.21 ct). The emerald cut was initially developed for the eponymous gem, which is subject to inclusions that make it fragile to work with. The rectangular shape of the oblique corners protects it from mechanical stresses. The emerald cut also magnificently suits diamonds, highlighting both their radiance and their transparency. On this model, the setting of the dial and case has been performed using the “Clou de Paris” technique. It consists of fixing several stones around a rod – the Clou – which is then cut and filed to bring it smoothly level with the diamonds, which must be calibrated with rigorous precision. This paving creates a mirror-type effect that magnifies the fiery glow of the gems
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