Baselworld 2016: Girard-Perregaux Sport Competizione Chrono Circuito

Introducing the Chrono Circuito, part of Girard-Perregaux’s new sports “Sport Competizione” watch collection, which debuted today along with a second chronograph in steel, called the Stradale.

Made of a carbon and titanium composite, the Circuito case is ultra-light. In fact, according to the manufacture, the case material is 8 times lighter than steel and 4 times lighter than titanium. Moreover, the inclusion of titanium gives the carbon a metallic effect, which is meant to mimic high-performance race car bodies. And like race cars, it is not about being flashy, it is all about performance.

In the flesh, the new carbon-titanium material has a dark grey to black matte finish which almost looks like it has been sandblasted. On the wrist, it feels excellent, thanks to the conservative proportions (42 mm diameter and not too thick), coupled with the fact that it is incredibly lightweight (just over 60 grams).

The dial has a unique honeycomb pattern the evokes the design of the radiator grill from a race car. White luminous baton-type hour and minute hands, and hour markers stand out against the dark background, along with red accents on the small seconds hand, chronograph seconds hand, and marking every five seconds/minutes on the outer chapter ring, giving it a very sporty feel.

Powering the watch, and visible through the caseback, is a blackened version of the Girard-Perregaux’s column wheel equipped manufacture caliber GP03300-0122 movement which runs at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 27 jewels, and a power reserve of 46-hours.

The Sport Competizione Chrono Circuito is paired with a sporty carbon effect calfskin strap with a steel black DLC treated folding buckle. (Ref.49590-39-612-BB6B) The retail price will be approximately $12,500.