A time-only watch, equipped with a tourbillon and driven by an automatic movement with a rotor that’s uniquely hidden underneath the mainspring barrel (located at 12 o ‘clock) — the sapphire case measures 46 mm x 15.25 mm. According to Girard-Perregaux, manufacturing, and finishing of the case and new see-through bridges “required over 200 hours of work and hundreds of operations with techniques perfected over two centuries.”
Now crafted from synthetic sapphire — the brand’s signature trio of bridges adds a not-insignificant one hundred thousand dollars to the price of the original 2019 Quasar which is essentially the exact same watch but with titanium bridges. There’s also a version with a titanium case and bridges that debuted in 2018.
Girard-Perregaux’s caliber GP09400-1128 movement drives large Dauphine-shaped, skeletonized, luminous hour and minute hands, and the tourbillon. The self-winding mechanism measures 36 mm x 9.54 mm, beats at 3Hz, has 27 jewels, and is good for 60-hours of power reserve. The tourbillon cage composed of 79 components weighs just 0.250 grams and rotates every 60-seconds which means it not only eliminates rate errors due to gravitational forces on the balance wheel, it also doubles as a small seconds indication. (Ref. 99295-43-001-BA6A)
The Quasar Light will be available in a limited edition of 18 pieces at a retail price of $294,000.