Born from the official partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin, the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition, facelifts the entry-level mode of the watchmaker’s signature “Bridge” line. Drawing inspiration from the Aston Martin DB12 grand tourer, the new timepiece merges horology and automotive inspiration.
The origin of Girard-Perregaux’s “Bridge” collection is entirely classical, starting in the 19th century with the Three Gold Bridges tourbillon pocket watches that were made in tiny numbers (including one sold to the President of Mexico).
The brand has modernised the line in recent years with the Neo Bridges and now adds to the mix a motorsport brand with a rich heritage, which further emphasises the sporty, contemporary nature of the design. The Neo Bridges fully embraces a forward-looking aesthetic, so the Aston Martin connection is natural considering the carmaker’s creations in the super-, hyper-, and concept-car space.
Admittedly, the changes to the Aston Martin edition are largely cosmetic, but they are done well. I think this edition offers a more appealing and more functional look than recent editions like the Earth and Sky that had fewer luminous components on the dial.
The only aspect of the watch that could be done better is the Aston Martin logo printed on the sapphire case back; I would have prefer a logo discreetly engraved on the rim of the case back.
However, the Aston Martin connection brings with it an increase in price, which is not reflected in any intrinsic upgrades, but that does not detract from the effectiveness of the design and cohesiveness of the collaboration.
A Fusion of Heritage and Innovation
The evolution of Girard-Perregaux’s trademark movement bridges is a pivotal aspect of the sporty feel of this edition. Simultaneously, the influence of Aston Martin is most evident in the colour, which is undoubtedly synonymous with English motorsports and carmakers.
Powered by the GP0840000-2164, the watch inverts the movement, placing the components typically found at the rear to the front. Dispensing with a conventional dial, the front of the watch is also the movement, and the aesthetic goes against traditional horological norms. The movement is a combination of frosted black bridges that contrast with the rubies and rhodium-plated wheels. And the inverted movement features luminescent hands that emit a green glow, echoing the British racing green livery.
The case is lightweight titanium, which makes sense for its 45 mm diameter, and covered in black DLC. Both the material and colour aim to evoke Aston Martin engineering, where lightness is paramount.
The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition is a tangible embodiment of the Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin partnership that celebrates heritage and modernity.
Key facts and price
Girard-Perregaux Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition
Diameter: 45 mm
Height: 12.18 mm
Material: Titanium DLC
Water resistance: 30 m
Movement: Cal. GP084000-2164
Functions: Hours and minutes
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Strap: Rubber strap with fabric effect and green stitches with folding buckle
Limited edition: 250 pieces
Availability: Available at Girard-Perregaux retailers.
Price: US$37,700 (excluding taxes)
For more, visit Girard-Perregaux.com.
This was brought to you in partnership with Girard-Perregaux.
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