This article originally appeared on www.monards.com.au On the 10th of September, 2015, Monards, in partnership with Avstev Group, Vogue and GQ, held a series of events throughout the day for all things Girard Perregaux. Held in the opulent sanctuary of Crown Villas, the day consisted of the Cat’s Eye High Tea for ladies, the Watchmaking Masterclass for the gents, finishing off with dinner in the evening for our esteemed guests. Joining us specially for the event were Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia, Nick Smith, Editor-in Chief of GQ Australia and Antonio Calce, CEO of Girard Perregaux and Sowind Group.
The ladies were treated to a sumptuous High Tea, accompanied by the spectacular flower wall that provided a colourful backdrop to the day’s proceedings.
Along with a smorgasbord of delicious treats, a number of Girard Perregaux’s Haute Horlogerie pieces were on display, including the Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge, featuring a mother of pearl dial carved in relief, and the Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, a feminine interpretation of important tourbillon watches produced by Girard Perregaux, such as the “La Esmeralda”.
Next up was the gent’s Watchmaking Masterclass. Under the direction of the master watchmaker from Girard Perregaux, our guests learned the painstaking process of finishing, in particular, the polishing of Girard Perregaux’s signature tourbillon bridge.
On display was the exceptional Tri-Axial Tourbillon and the Constant Escapement L.M. Limited to ten pieces worldwide, Girard Perregaux with it’s Tri-Axial Tourbillon joins an exclusive club of manufactures able to produce a watch with a triple-axis tourbillon. The side of the case is crafted out of sapphire crystal to highlight the construction of the highly complex tourbillon cage. The Constant Escapement L.M. is arguably the crowning jewel in Girard Perregaux’s collection, having revolutionised a “holy grail” concept in watchmaking – constant force. The silicon blade positioned at 6 o’clock ensures that a consistent amount of energy is delivered to the balance wheel, making the oscillations of the balance wheel more regular, and thereby, improving timekeeping.
The evening was an intimate dinner catered by Rockpool Bar and Grill. Here, our guests got the opportunity to see more of the Haute Horlogerie pieces specially brought in for the event, and to discover the history and the watchmaking prowess of the storied manufacture.
Special thanks to Avstev Group, Vogue, GQ and Girard Perregaux for making this event a reality.