In the spectrum of colour, grey is quite the double agent. There it goes, trudging along amid notions of overcast skies, mind-numbing office cubicles, uncertainty. But just as we’re all stifling a yawn at its inherent dowdiness, what’s this we see? There goes grey playing its other hand in a realm populated by wolves and weimaraners, silver foxes with steely gazes, marble and moodiness. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the grey matter we’re interested in – executed perfectly, as it happens, in the anthracite hue of this Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Power Reserve.
We’ve talked before about embracing colour at the wrist, but let’s be honest: though this is a world away from your usual black and brown options, it’s a far less daunting leap than anything genuinely bright.
Adding to the style quota is the horizontally elliptical case at 37.84mm by 32.84mm, which, combined with the slender grey alligator strap, makes this watch an excellent choice for daintier arms. Sixty-four diamonds stand guard on the bezel, while eight more act as indices on the dial itself, dotted between Arabic numerals at 6, 9 and 12. Meanwhile, the backdrop of two contrasting textures – a smooth crescent hugging a guilloche section – create a real three-dimensional effect.
Also present on the dial are the small seconds and date window which echo the oval of the case, as well as the power reserve indicator, shown as a cluster of tiny stars. And the whole ensemble does its job thanks to the self-winding in-house GP03300-0070 with its Côtes de Genève, circular graining and bevelled finished that can be seen through the sapphire caseback.
All things considered, there’s a lot going on here, but there’s no denying it manages it all with true elegance. Which is so typical of grey.
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Power Reserve Australian pricing
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Power Reserve ref. 80486D11A862-CK8A, $20,780