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