Following up from my earlier review of the Neo Bridges, see my re-blog from yesterday, we will take a closer look at its later sibling, the Classic Bridges, Ref. 86000. The Classic Bridges is essentially a revamped Neo Bridges. At SIHH 2018, Girard-Perregaux released the Classic Bridges.
The Classic Bridges takes a very different approach than the Neo Bridges. The Neo is modern, black/grey colours going with the trend if you like. The Classic pays tribute to its name. It attempts to bring the Haute Holorgerie finishing of the signature black-polished golden bridges into a price range more affordable by reducing the overall complexity.
While the Classic Bridges has a free-sprung balance under the golden bridge, it is far less complex than a tourbillon. And that’s maybe where the problem is. While the Neo Bridges is a cool conceptual watch, the Classic Bridges is a watch that pretends to be more than it is with shiny polished gold bridges.
On the other hand, those golden bridges have the same finishing and quality as their Haute Horlogerie forefathers but at a much more accessible price. Nevertheless, I remain a bit torn about the Classic Bridges. At least for me, I would always feel that I miss something and would still lust for a “real” Golden Bridges from Girard-Perregaux.