Last day, finishing T.W.O Shot week on Sunday with a pair of Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Chronographs. Designing a rectangular Chronograph is no easy task. The first Vintage 1945 Chronograph, Ref. 2599 is surprisingly narrow with only 30mm, while even the wider Ref. 25975 comes still with a slim 32mm width. Much has been said about the Art Deco design of the Vintage 1945 case with its distinguished lugs and curves. The Chronographs are one of the most recognisable watches on the wrist from GP.
Left, Ref 2599 in a limited edition in steel and beats with the inhouse Chronograph caliber 3080, believed to be the smallest column-wheel chronograph only measuring 10.5 ligne. It has a simple 30 min chronograph counter, which is perfectly fine for most practical purposes. The cream dial and the skeleton hands underline the art deco character.
On the right, the Ref. 25975 adds an array of additional complications. A date window, 12 hour counter and especially a GMT counter, operated by an additional pusher on the left of the case. Pink gold case and a sapphire case back give this one a quite different look than the 2599.
I posted this week 7 different pairs of Girard-Perregaux watches from/my/collection, which showed the variety in the collection and that even closely related models have many different nuances worth taking a closer look.