Girard-Perregaux 1966 Calendrier Complet

Par Florian Matrion, le 18 novembre 2010
1966 Calendrier Complet
1966 Calendrier Complet
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After the Aquascope Jean Richard, lets discover the other entity of the Sowind Group, Girard Perregaux, through the 1966 GP Calendrier Complet: a classic but discreet watch. Review.
Exclusive! review of the 1966 Calendrier Complet. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
73/100
Note des internautes
78/100

Slideshow = 16 photos to see this watch from every angle

 

A well-wrought case

Its 40 mm diameter might seem too important for such a classic watch.
But the case middle is built in such a way that the back's diameter is smaller than the dial's one. Thus, the case balances itself and gives an impression of large openness.

The complete polishing emphasizes the fluid lines: it is a great achievement.

The four monthly calendar's correction push buttons integrate themselves smoothly and are easily handled – thanks to the furnished small tool.

The palladium, rare metal of the platinum's group, justifies the limited edition.

Indeed, it has a specific shade, slightly different from the steel's or the white gold's hue.
Its owner will be thus the only one to know the exclusivity of this 199 pieces limited edition.

 

The palladium, rare metal of the platinum's group, justifies the limited edition. Indeed, it has a specific shade, slightly different from the steel's or the white gold's hue.

A harmonious and well-balanced dial

The silver dial of this Girard Perregaux is slightly brushed, curved on the edges and regulated by four applied markers.
The whole gives a nice play of light.

The two beveled apertures (day and month) are wisely centered and do not go beyond the diameter of the date and the moon phase, creating thus a harmonious balance.

By way of contrast with the dial's texture, the polished leaf-shaped hands allow a clear and instinctive reading of the time.

The blued steel second hand takes up the same color as the calendar's indicator and as the starry sky of the moon phase.

 

 

Characteristic detail of the very good level of finishing on this Girard Perregaux 1966 Calendrier Complet: the day and month provided by the two apertures indicators and the "31" of the date are also in blue, highlighting thus the harmony.

A reproach nevertheless: the crocodile strap with its golden pin is truly too sober and even flat.
We would have appreciated a little more volume or a touch of extravagance to lighten the whole.

 

The golden rotor is plainly engraved inside the mass with the brand's name and the finishing is of a very good quality of execution (the grained finishing as well as the Côtes de Genève).

An in-house caliber

The sapphire back* gives access to the GP033M0 automatic caliber.

Developed by Sowind Group, to which belongs Girard Perregaux (as well as JeanRichard), it is indeed an in-house movement.

The golden rotor is plainly engraved inside the mass with the brand's name and the finishing is of a very good quality of execution (the grained finishing as well as the Côtes de Genève).

The small dimension of the balance and the architecture of the bridges show that the conception of this movement is new: this watch is indeed from the beginning of the XXIst century.
But we still regret the weak diameter of the movement compared to the case's one.

 

Conclusion

The Girard Perregaux 1966 Calendrier Complet is worth to be worn.
Its qualities are indeed not all perceptible at the first glance: you will thus discover and appreciate it over the long term.
This is what makes it interesting and charming, without tawdriness...

 

* a sticker “Not For Sale”, stuck on the internal face of the sapphire glass of the model entrusted to us by Girard Perregaux for this test has unfortunately prevented us from proposing good quality photographs of the movement.

 

Pros:

  • a classic and discreet elegance
  • a useful complication
  • a truly limited edition

 

Cons:

  • a strap that is too dull
  • the small diameter of the movement compared to the case

 

Additional information:

  • journalist's wrist size = 17,5 cm
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L'avis de la rédaction 73/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 78/100

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