One of the finest Haute Horlogerie offerings from Girard-Perregaux is the minute repeater tourbillon under golden bridges. The minute repeater takes its space so we do not have the full 3 golden bridge set-up as in the classic tourbillon, but this is an easy sacrifice. A minute repeater is still the Mount Everest of watchmaking. It combines a truly complex mechanical complication with the art of hitting the right tonality and rhythm.
Reference 99820 has it all. A fantastic sounding minute repeater that can be seen in operation from the front combined with the classic tourbillon under a (gold) bridge, immaculate finishing and all still in a practical and wearable package. I have put the “gold” into brackets. On the featured image you can see the pink gold case with pink gold bridges.
Below you have the three versions of the current catalogue. The pink gold case 99820 now features sapphire bridges. The white gold on the other hand still has white gold highly polished bridges and blued hands. For a more lighter watch, a titanium version is also available where a more modern look is achieved by using the arched bridges as we know them since the Neo-Tourbillon.
Hearing a minute repeater is always a privilege and the Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon is a level up in terms of sound and timing from the previous non-tourbillon minute repeaters. And being able to see the mechanism in action adds an additional sense to the sensation.