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Bi-axial Tourbillon watch from Girard-Perregaux at Damas

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Jul '10
Damas, the leading retailer of jewellery and watches in the Middle East, launches an astonishing modern piece by manufacture Girard-Perregaux – the white version of Bi-axial Tourbillon.

The origins of the Bi-axial Tourbillon stretch back to a centuries-old quest: the one for precision in time measurement. At the start of the 19th century, chronometry was marked by a decisive invention: the Tourbillon. This device could compensate for rate irregularities due to the earth's gravity in upright positions, by means of a mobile cage bearing the regulating part of the watch. The La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaker Constant Girard Perregaux incorporated this device into his watches and after years of research presented the famous Tourbillon with three gold Bridges, which was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889.

Directly inspired by this tradition, Girard-Perregaux has presented another spectacular creation: the Bi-axial Tourbillon, combining two concentric cages, enables the regulating part to make multi-dimensional rotations. Visible both via the dial and the case-back, the complex mechanism has an astounding delicacy. This genuine aerial ballet offers an extraordinary spectacle, while the alternation of positions enables excellent rate precision.

Mr. Anan Fakhreddin, CEO Damas Jewellery, said: “The construction of this timepiece is enhanced by an aesthetic that instantly evokes the Girard-Perregaux tradition. The major techniques were by a pocket watch created in the 1860s. Every detail of the Bi-axial Tourbillon finishes - the elliptical decoration on the barrel reproducing the pattern on Constant Girard's pocket watch pays tribute to the master watchmaker. The bridges are satin-finished, and their bevels are carefully hand polished, to achieve a flawless finish and a completely clean bevel on this tiny precious metal element. After lavish attentions, the majestic 45 millimetre diameter white gold case is ready to receive the Tourbillon mechanism.”

The history of Girard-Perregaux brought to life in both the aesthetics and technology of the Bi-axial Tourbillon. Everything comes together to make this Haute Horlogerie creation an exceptional model releasing only 33 every year. The Bi-axial Tourbillon combines two concentric cages and enables the regulating part to make multi-dimensional rotations. An internal cage bearing the balance, balance spring and escapement completes one turn on its axis in 45 seconds. An external cage completes one revolution in one minute and 15 seconds, enabling a rotation on its second axis. A full revolution is completed in three minutes and 45 seconds. The two cages weigh just 0.80 grams, yet comprise a total of over 110 components. A combination of gold, steel and titanium, the cage materials were chosen to provide the best balance and greatest performance.

Girard-Perregaux watches are available at Damas Les Exclusive Boutiques in Burj Al Arab, SaksFifth Avenue Burjuman, Emirates Towers, Wafi City, Mina Salaam and Abu Dhabi Mall – Abu Dhabi.

Damas Jewellery LLC


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