Girard-Perregaux’s Vintage 1945 collection is, as the name suggests it’s most historically inspired collection – a square case design that takes its inspiration from a 1945 design. The latest addition to the collection, the Vintage 1945 Large Date Moonphase takes Girard-Perregaux’s classic and reserved collection in some new directions.
The case of this Girard-Perregaux, in either steel or pink gold (we think the contrasts of the pink gold make it clear winner for this watch) is clearly inspired by the past, an architectural square, full of soft curves and distinctive, deco-inspired lugs.
But if the case evokes the past, the dial of this watch clearly speaks to the future – for the first time the movement is put front and centre, thanks to the translucent sapphire dial the in-house movement becomes the star of the show, allowing the wearer to observe the usually hidden workings of the watch.
The large date and moonphase complications are perfect choices for this sort of watch, and as a combo they’re the horological equivalent of peanut butter and jelly – a practical and aesthetically pleasing partnership. And the big date on this watch has an almost funky, ‘70s vibe thanks to the aperture and date numeral typeface , which is somewhat unexpected, but not unpleasant.
All in all this is a somewhat unexpected and dissonant mix from Girard-Perregaux, and purists may struggle with the visible movement on such an elegant watch, but we think it’s a fresh and appealing look, that is a lot more youthful than a watch with the name Vintage 1945 has any right to be.
RRP $23,010AUD – Stainless Steel
RRP $49,630AUD – Rose Gold