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WHO THEY ARE Founded in 1791 by Jean-Fran­cois Bautte, who was known for his ul­tra-thin watch de­signs. Con­stant Gi­rard took over the com­pany in the mid1800s and later mar­ried Marie Per­re­gaux, which led to the birth of the brand’s name.

CLAIM TO FAME Con­stant Gi­rard gained recog­ni­tion as the cre­ator of the Tour­bil­lon with Three Gold Bridges, which won the gold medal at the Univer­sal Ex­hi­bi­tion in Paris in 1889. In 1880, the Swiss watch­maker in­tro­duced the wrist­watch and was awarded the first ma­jor con­tract to pro­duce 2,000 watches for the Ger­man Im­pe­rial Navy. In 1965, the brand de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured the first high-fre­quency me­chan­i­cal move­ment, and in 1969, its quartz move­ment with a fre­quency of 32,768 hertz be­came the univer­sal stan­dard for quartz watches. WHAT’S HOT The Con­stant Es­cape­ment, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary timepiece with state-of-theart reg­u­lat­ing com­po­nents that en­sures op­ti­mum pre­ci­sion re­gard­less of whether the watch is fully wound or not. RETAILS AT Cortina Watch, Sin­cere Fine Watches, Dick­son Watch & Jewellery, Swiss Watch Gallery

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