hands/on: Girard-Perregaux Richeville Ladies, Ref 2656

As Sunday is a family day, let’s take a closer look at a watch belonging to my family but not to myself. My daughters first real watch I gifted her, a Girard-Perregaux Richeville, Ref 2656. Well, when I say “real” watch, admittedly, for convenience I opted for a Quartz movement. In hindsight, it would have been more convenient to wind and set a mechanical watch than changing the battery all the time.

Nevertheless, this is a super-star Girard-Perregaux Ladies watch from the 2000s. Today we mostly have the gorgeous and all mechanical Cat’s Eye or the Quartz Laureato 34mm, but the Richeville Ladies line has a very special elegance. This one has a steel tonneau shaped case set with diamonds, but there were also gold cases with and without diamonds.

hard to capture all the sparkle in the sun, but very mesmerising

The dials have a wonderful Guilloche pattern and “exploding” Roman numerals, similar what we have seen on the Men’s Richeville models. Hands are blued steel and just round up a perfect package.


The Quartz caliber is of high quality and also decorated even though it hides under a solid case back. There is not much to set other than the time as the watch does not even have a seconds hand, something I very much welcome in a Quartz watch. The same watch was also available with a mechanical automatic movement as Ref. 2658.


Maybe a final word on the strap. Here is a shiny dark brown alligator strap. The alternative was a black alligator. What is common to the Richeville straps, they have a special insert so when put on the wrist, the strap perfectly aligns and follows the curves of the case, making it not only comfortable, but looking like an integrated bracelet. A nice touch of attention to detail as we know Girard-Perregaux.


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