The Chime has Come

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The new Gi­rard-per­re­gaux Minute Re­peater Tri-ax­ial Tour­bil­lon is a tech­ni­cal tri­umph for the house, says Ni­co­lette Wong

n a time when brands are dust­ing off her­itage col­lec­tions and cre­at­ing vin­tage-in­spired watches, Gi­rard-per­re­gaux is, well, no different. The Lau­re­ato col­lec­tion launched in 2016 was, af­ter all, the res­ur­rec­tion of an iconic watch for the house. But the year 2018 sees the brand high­light­ing a different part of its horo­log­i­cal her­itage— that of mu­si­cal com­pli­ca­tions. Some may re­mem­ber Gi­rard-per­re­gaux’s se­ries of three grand com­pli­ca­tion watches, called the “Opera”, pro­duced dur­ing the late 1990s to 2010. Opera One was a minute re­peater with a West­min­ster chime on four gongs; Opera Two was based on Opera One, with an added per­pet­ual cal­en­dar; while Opera Three fea­tured a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar and a move­ment that al­lowed the wearer to play Mozart’s A Lit­tle Night Music and Tchaikovsky’s No Great Love on de­mand. All three were limited edi­tion and highly cov­eted. A log­i­cal step might then be to reis­sue or re­vamp the Opera watches, but Gi­rard-per­re­gaux has cho­sen to do oth­er­wise, reach­ing deeply into its tech­ni­cal hat­box and com­ing up with a new mu­si­cal won­der, the Minute Re­peater Tri-ax­ial Tour­bil­lon. As the name sug­gests, the watch fea­tures a minute re­peater with a tour­bil­lon that ro­tates on three different axes. The tri-ax­ial tour­bil­lon is rare in other brands and

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