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Girard-Perregaux Launch $300,000 Quasar Light Timepiece

By Paul Joseph

Swiss luxury watch brand Girard-Perregaux has unveiled an eye-catching new limited-edition timepiece called the Quasar Light.

Based on the watchmaker’s Quasar model that debuted at last year’s Watches & Wonders trade fair in Miami, the new limited-edition timepiece gets the same sapphire crystal case and movement of the Quasar, but the Quasar Light’s movement bridges in sapphire crystal as well.

As a consequence, the skeletonised Quasar Light features an almost full-sapphire construction, giving it a unique visual appearance.

According to Girard-Perregaux, the 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.”

The watch’s sapphire case measures 46 mm x 15.25 mm and the timepiece is equipped with a tourbillon composed of 79 different parts and makes a full rotation every 60 seconds for extreme accuracy.

Girard-Perregaux’s caliber GP09400-1128 movement powers the watch, and the self-winding mechanism beats at 3Hz, has 27 jewels, and offers 60-hours of power reserve.

The rotor is also hidden underneath the mainspring barrel at the 12 o’clock position to give the timepiece an even cleaner look.

Only 18 examples of the Quasar Light are available for sale, each carrying a price tag of $294,000.

By Paul Joseph