Way back in 2013, luxury watchmaker Girard Perregaux launched its ‘Traveller Collection.’ Much as the name suggests, it was intended for the frequent flyers and international travellers. In 2014, the brand introduced the Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT, which had an opulent, opaque dial at that time. This new version, launched recently, has a new, transparent dial.
So? What’s the big deal with a transparent dial, you ask? Well, if you are someone who takes great pleasure in the insides of a watch as much as the outside, then this is the piece to please! When you train your eyes to the 12 o’clock position, on the large date display, you’d now be able to view its mechanism, under. This exclusive, Girard Perregaux patent mechanism is a trailblazer, comprising of two, superimposed disks incorporated into the automatic mechanism. Unlike conventional date displays that have a visible separation between them, this one looks like a single piece. This, as, one of the pieces is made of transparent Folanorm, which is just 0.10 mm thick! Actually, for some of you, it may not seem a big deal, but I like it when a watchmaker goes through such lengths for aesthetics.
Apart from this complication, there are two other complications: moon phase indicator, with a small seconds’ hand and a 24-hour second time zone. The moon phase indicator commands a second glance with its impressive metallic finish. It is directly connected to the barrel, and this ensures accuracy. For any adjustments, there is a corrector button at the 8 o’clock position. What’s nice is that the small seconds hand does not disturb the aesthetics in any way. Also, the way the minute markers bloom out of the dial, adds an extra appeal to the watch.
The Traveller has a 44mm case and comes in two versions: stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold. It has a water resistance of 10 ATM and a 46-hour power reserve. An alligator leather strap with a clasp of matching metal (pink gold or steel) holds it in place. What’s also lovely is that the wearer’s comfort is given as much importance as the aesthetics. From the way the case’s band is curved, to the way the crown is aligned… it’s a joyful fit all the way.