By the end of the 1940s, Benrus had released a sophisticated calendar watch, a stylish chronograph called the Sky Chief, a slender ladies wristwatch of diamond-studded platinum, and a gold-plated timepiece for men with a mother-of-pearl dial.
The 1950s saw a foiled hostile takeover of Hamilton, as well as the introduction of the Dial-a-Rama, the Wrist Alarm, and a winding indicator that showed the wearer how tightly the watch was wound at a glance, without requiring them to wind it perhaps more than was advisable in order to find out.
Angus Davies gets “hands-on”, providing an in-depth review of the Girard-Perregaux Traveller moon phases and large date, a watch exhibiting modern styling but respecting fine craftsmanship synonymous with Swiss watchmaking.
In 1791, when the haute horlogerie brand Girard-Perregaux came into being, travel was an arduous pursuit.
Sitting just next to the moon phase is a power reserve indicator cut into the globe-style dial.
It is silver brushed and engraved, and both it, and the moonphase are connected directly to the barrel to allow for consistent power.
The board of the moonphase is satin brushed and also shows small seconds.
Travelling by horse-drawn coach was often incredibly uncomfortable, owing to poor quality roads.
One of the joyous aspects of modern life is that travel is relatively affordable, comfortable and convenient.
The world is a small place courtesy of modern travel.
The amplitude will increase in the next couple of hours. The tension of the friction clutch is determined by a circlips that fixes the pinion to the second wheel arbor. And the bottom plate is complete and ready for the dial.
It's been over a year since Girard-Perregaux first introduced its Traveller collection, the line of globe-trotting inspired casual complications with which GP has long enjoyed success.