Ce­les­tial Body

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Pre­sent­ing me­chan­i­cal watches in sen­sual shapes, the Cat’s Eyecol­lec­tion has been suc­cess­fully win­ning over fe­male cus­tomers to the now Ker­ing-owned Gi­rard Per­re­gaux brand for over ten years, and this year saw the launch of a new­model within the col­lec­tion – the Cat’s Eye Ce­les­tial. The Ce­les­tial takes the al­ready fa­mil­iar oval shape of some ofthe Cat’s Eye ex­ist­ing mod­els and adds a novel moon phase com­pli­ca­tion. In­trigu­ingly,the moon phase has been al­lowed to take up al­most the en­tire dial, and the case, which is crafted in pink gold and set with 62 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, pro­vides a stun­ning frame to a guil­loché hand­pol­ished white mother-of-pearl dial. This guil­loché mo­tif, along with the gem-set drop­shaped hour-mark­ers, ac­tu­ally help ac­cen­tu­ate the large moon phase fur­ther. From a me­chan­i­cal per­spec­tive the Ce­les­tial is also rather novel. The broad 8.9mm­di­am­e­ter moon phase disc per­forms a full ro­ta­tion in 59 days, but con­trary to usual prac­tice, the de­vice driv­ing the dis­play of this com­pli­ca­tion is not linked to the ar­bour of the hour’s wheel, rather it is in­stead con­nected to the bar­rel and there­fore moves smoothly with­out any jerk­ing. The self-wind­ing move­ment was de­signed, de­vel­oped and crafted in house. It com­prises 240-parts, has a 46-hour power re­serve and is fur­therdis­tin­guished by some su­perb fin­ish­ing, with Côtes de Genève and cir­cu­lar-grain­ing adorn­ing the main­plate, blued steel screws, as well as an os­cil­lat­ing weight bear­ing A‘GP’ ta­pes­try-style mo­tif. The Cat’s Eye Ce­les­tial is avail­able with ei­ther an ali­ga­tor strap (30,400 USD) or a rose gold bracelet (45,300 USD).

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