The latest iteration of the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement 93505 in 46mm is available in a number of different materials. That the CE is a most desirable watch to own anyone who has ever seen them in action will immediately testify that. However, now we have the choice of picking the one that suits you most.
The choice has been extended to an all black case, which is a DVT coated Titanium. Now I think Titanium is a great modern material for the Constant Escapement which is a very technical cutting edge watch displaying its mechanism and there is still the polished Ti model available. All black works really well, but I would have wished for a carbon case instead.
There is another issue I noticed with the Black CE on the wrist. Somehow the strap seems more loose and as the watch is very big with 46mm, the strap bends and the lugs stick out. Interestingly, this is not the case on all the other case materials.
Which brings me the the Pink Gold version. It seems very odd to have a coloured gold case on a watch like this, especially in this size, it is very prominent. I was quite skeptical myself, but surprisingly, on the wrist it actually works extremely well. In fact, I’m really torn if the pink gold would be the one to get or…
The white gold took me by storm. It has the heft of gold in a large case while keeping the cold and technical look. White Gold has a very special shine and hue, which is so different from Steel, Titanium or even Platinum. Just a tint of warmth is what makes white gold special and on the Constant Escapement it is my favourite version. The new grey dial works very well and gives even more room to the star of the watch, the escapement mechanism.
The Constant Escapement is such a cool watch you must see in action, it is truly fascinating and a true innovation. It took many years of R&D and you can also read more about the development in this background report: