2022 Novelty: Girard Perregaux Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin F1 Edition.

 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-08:43
Here is the last creation born from the partnership between Girard Perregaux and Aston Martin. 

The special detail here? The case, which is an alloy of titanium and carbon taken from two 2021 F1 cars. The strap too is a blend of rubber and carbon! 

The case is 44 mm big, 15, 15 mm high. The movement is the classic automatic chronograph Cal 3300. As always, too small for this kind of case. 

It is a LE if 306 pieces, which is not numbered ( one of 306 ). 

It is a great to use material from F1 cars, especially for the automotive fans, but at the retail price of 27, 800 USD, I don't know. 



Interesting watch,...although not my taste.

 By: jlux : May 12th, 2022-08:50
The small movement is evident in the (too) central date placement.


 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-09:04

I feel the same way.

 By: InHavenPro : May 12th, 2022-08:52
And you know how much I love Astons wink. The case here is truly excellent, both innovative and attractive in design. Everything else is mostly average, and especially at that price point. I would MUCH rather spend that exact amount of money on the impeccable 1921 in 36.5mm white gold than anything else in that financial ballpark........ The AMVOXes still rule the racing inspired sports watch design in my eyes and heart smile. Cheers, Filip

The Amvox, especially the I, II and VII are hard to beat!

 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-09:04

Let's blow it up...

 By: RayStantzPhD : May 12th, 2022-10:52
... the positive side is the dial design language created for the smaller, more 'civilian' Laureato Chronograph in steel, which deserved to receive quite good feedback in my opinion. The transfer to the Absolute line and usage of carbon / Ti from a F1 car is something that probably sounds awesome in a creative product design meeting where everyone is high on coffee and under the impression of the last team building workshop ... as a product especially for / with Aston Martin then it is fun to look at, for about a minute.
A bit too much in every regard except the mentioned movement diameter smile

Agreed, my friend.

 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-11:12

Love Astons, love GP but

 By: guycord : May 12th, 2022-11:00
I wish these watch manufacturers would stop making utter cr@p.

This is cr@p. Compress some flaked CF off-cuts, a bit of granulised Ti in some resin and press-out and trim. I aim this critique at RM, GP, UN, Hublot and all others. Please tell me why this is a $27k watch that is materially better than a Moon Swatch?

Lazy, lazy watchmaking. 

Well we had some good stuff in the past ( JLC Aston with some great watches, GP Rattrapante SF, for example ) but here I would be less negative than you, slightly less. ;)

 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-11:12

Im just cynical

 By: guycord : May 12th, 2022-11:49
of these type of high-end watches, using what is now common materials (from scrap bins of auto/aero parts makers) that in effect press the composite in a mould and have minimal finishing. With a metal or even a full ceramic case, there is an element of quality required to make a passable product. These "carbon" cases seem to have very little of that.

Yes, I get your point. I had the same feeling when I saw a ROO Forged Carbon some 13 years ago...

 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-12:26

At least the AP forged carbon cases were novel at the time.

 By: GWIS : May 12th, 2022-13:03
Wasn't the Alinghi the first forged carbon case and even more than 13 years ago? 

In 2006 I was on the Purists trip to Le Brassus and seem to remember that we had a look at the  autoclaves they were using to "cook" the forged carbon cases. It was all very exciting and new (to the uninitiated like me) at the time. 

I think everyone's concern was how long the cases would last and how easy they would be to dent and graze. The same may apply to this GP.

Long live the Amvox line!

Yes you are right. That was the one I was looking for in my computer. Good memory you have!

 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-13:06
Here it is: 

You don't know? I know. No : )

 By: mdg : May 12th, 2022-17:15


 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-21:54

Much rather have my AP ROO 44 forged carbon ๐Ÿ™‚

 By: oyster case : May 12th, 2022-17:28

Hehehe... ;)

 By: amanico : May 12th, 2022-21:54

I had the chance to try this watch on my wrist

 By: MTR : May 13th, 2022-17:45
at GP in La Chaux-de-Fonds a few weeks ago. I have to confess that it didnโ€™t impress me very much. It felt somehow โ€ฆ cheap.

They had many many watches which impressed me much more. Also in this price category.

Please forgive me my open wordsโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™


Agreed. They have much better to offer to us.

 By: amanico : May 13th, 2022-22:28