Girard-Perregaux / Boucheron Ladyhawke Tourbillon


Girard-Perregaux / Boucheron Ladyhawke Tourbillon

Ladyhawke Tourbillon High Jewellery

When High Jewellery meets High Watchmaking
La Cote des Montres - March 22nd, 2010

The creative partnership between Boucheron and Girard-Perregaux, initiated in 2007, culminates today in a truly unique piece beating with the famous Tourbillon with three gold Bridges. This movement is a modern, ethereal reinterpretation of the calibre Constant Girard-Perregaux presented at the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition, earning him a gold medal – the very same year Frédéric Boucheron was similarly rewarded in the Jewellery category.

With Ladyhawke Tourbillon, a falcon clutching a watch powered by the Tourbillon with three gold Bridges movement, Boucheron is further strengthening its image as a jeweller specialised in watches, with animals as the focus point of its creations. With this unique piece, the House’s master craftsmen are offering lovers of rare, soulful objects a falcon fashioned from gold adorned with a plumage of precious stones. This majestic prince of the heavens, ever a loyal companion to the powerful, evokes memories of the Italian medieval legend recounted in the 1985 film Ladyhawke. A tale of love, mystery and magic, where the heroine turns falcon by day and beautiful woman by night.

This High Watchmaking and High Jewellery creation embodies both this epic tale of love and the unique encounter of true enthusiasts.
The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold Bridges movement, a prowess of technique and excellence, is an icon in the world of High Watchmaking. The mechanism, with its exceptional finishes, has benefited from the careful attention of master watchmakers. The Tourbillon itself consists of 72 components for a diameter of one centimetre and a total weight of 0.3 gram, and is entirely hand-decorated and assembled.
As for the bird of prey, crafted from solid gold in the High Jewellery workshop at 26, Place Vendôme, it has been fashioned to closely hug the contours of the oval case.
This piece of uncommon presence is set with a gradient of diamonds totalling more than 25 carats, and truly stands out as a milestone in Boucheron’s art of transmuting raw matter into a jewel expressing powerful and positive values of precision, force, courage and speed. Artfully articulated so that the delicate feathers barely brush the wrist of its wearer, Ladyhawke Tourbillon will reveal the magic within whoever chooses to make this graceful bird their emblem.

The falcon, prince of birds, messenger of the Gods, embodies the culmination of a quest which brings together in a single object the quintessence of two Houses equally reputed for their fine talents.

Says Jean-Christophe Bédos, President of Boucheron: “I am proud of this alliance between two sister companies sharing a rich and fascinating history. It embodies the perfect encounter of High Jewellery and High Watchmaking”.

Luigi Macaluso, President of Girard-Perregaux, adds: “I am deeply honoured by this extraordinary alliance: for the very first time, Girard-Perregaux has decided to make its Tourbillon with three gold Bridges movement – a true icon of Swiss High Watchmaking – available to Boucheron for inclusion in this fabulous jewellery creation”.

Ladyhawke Tourbillon High Jewelry

in white gold set with 833 multicolored diamonds and rubies, Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold Bridges

Movement:Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold Bridges, manual winding.
Base plate of the movement :set with 178 pink, yellow and white diamonds, bridges angled by hand and skeleton barrel.
Power reserve:approx. 72 hours
Bracelet:articulated bracelet wit invisible clasp mechanism
Setting:25.3 carats of yellow, pink and white diamonds and rubies