Aston Martin and Girard Perregaux recently revealed the fifth product of their three-year partnership, the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition. The timepiece is the latest entrant into the Bridges collection that dates back to 1867 with the La Esmeralda, a pocket watch crafted by Constant Girard with three parallel bridges as part of its movement.
Inspired by the collection's rich legacy and Aston Martin's latest sportscars like the DB12 Super Tourer, the new watch builds on the engineering heritage of both powerhouses, laying its intricate mechanisms in plain site for all to see.
While you might be quick to dismiss the timepiece as "just another GP watch with an Aston Martin sticker on it," GP asserts that Aston Martin took part in every step of its creation, right from the materials deployed to the design of the movement.
45mm in diameter and 12.8mm in thickness, the new timepiece comes encapsulated in titanium coated with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) texture, providing a sleek but robust finish and significant weight savings, in line with Aston Martin's sports car design principles.
A black ornate crown adds to a simplified yet intimidating look, while the same can be said about the black rubber straps featuring a fabric effect and green stitches. The back, as expected, comes with a see-through sapphire crystal glass complemented by a white Aston Martin logo, a reminder of the watch's Aston Martin inspiration.
Dial and Subdials
Speaking of inspiration, the dial heavily features green accents, Aston Martin's signature hue. This is especially true for the minute indices on a ring encircling the dial. Similarly, luminescent hour and minute hands maintain the aesthetic appeal of previous watch collaborations between the two companies, giving off a green glow in low light.
The GP logo occupies the 12 o'clock spot while a micro-rotor, adorned with 'Designed by Aston Martin' is close to the 10 o'clock spot. A barrel at two o'clock etched with 'Powered by Girard Preaux' also features.
At the heart of this exquisite timepiece lies the Calibre GP0840000-2164, an inverted movement that challenges traditional watchmaking norms. With a total of 208 components and operating at 3Hz, the caliber provides a respectable power reserve of 48 hours.
The automatic winding movement is powered by a micro-rotor, which draws energy from the wrist movements of the watch's wearer. Just 5.45 mm in height, the micro-rotor features a slim profile that aids the case's refined and slender build.
As the fifth product of the Aston Martin-GP collaboration, the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition follows previous models, including the Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition, the Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition, the Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin F1 Edition, and the Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin. While being part of existing GP collections, all these watches have stood out as epitomizing Aston Martin's exquisite design ethos while exhibiting GP's watchmaking prowess.
Limited to just 250 pieces, the new Aston Martin Neo Bridges Edition goes on sale sometime before the end of the year and should be available at the company's retailers worldwide. The starting price is stated as USD 37,700.