September 6, 2015
An exquisite new offering in Girard-Perregaux’s elegant 1966 collection, these new references in choice of white or rose gold combine for the first time in this collection both large date and moon phases functions. This is a refined and elegant looking timepiece, and what gets me most excited is the patented large date mechanism which displays the date with no border between the digits for exceptional readability and cleanness. This is accomplished through the use of two superimposed disks built into the GP03300 automatic manufacture movement. The upper disk is virtually invisible thanks to its transparency and its thickness of 0.10 mm (as thin as a sheet of paper!).
The 41mm case incorporates a a polished, sloping bezel, gently curved lugs, and a slightly domed crystal which frames the dial nicely. The simple yet elegant moonphase aperture (visually integrated to the small seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock) is joined by a patented large date display. The date display balances the dial with its position near 12 o’clock, just above the inked Girard-Perregaux word mark; it advances in less than 1/100th of a second, faster than the blink of an eye. Would I like to see the case a millimeter or two smaller? Perhaps. But this is still a pretty darn nice looking watch that is worthy of praise.