At JCK Las Vegas, Girard-Perregaux will release a new version of its popular world time model called ww.tc Dark Night. In a 43mm black ceramic case with highlights of red and black, the watch is produced in a limited edition of 25 specifically for the US. If you look at the numbers, the American market not only has passionate clients but also is one that influences others.
As Michele Sofisti, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, says about deciding to create the Dark Night, “We would like to give special attention and care to the US, so among our other initiatives, we thought to create a special product.”
The world time is one of my favorite complications and several companies bring their versions to the table. Honestly, a lot of them are tough to read, which completely defeats the purpose. Oftentimes the cities are so crammed together you can’t tell what time it is in Shangri-La let alone in Chicago.
Girard-Perregaux got a handle on the layout so their ww.tc (worldwide time control) functions as advertised and just looks pretty cool, especially in the stealthy cloak it wears. Revving up the Dark Night is GP’s self-winding in-house calibre, GP03387, which was designed specifically for this model of watches. In addition to twenty-four time zones with date and day/night indicator, the Dark Night gives you the bonus of a fly-back chrono. It’s worth mentioning that Girard-Perregaux may be small but they really do make most of their own components, including cases, dials and hands, plus the movements, of course. Their movements are so respected that companies like URWERK and MB&F use them as a base.
Sofisti says he feels America is a country of inspiration and energy and great vitality and that’s why GP wants to be represented here with the “nicest exclusive products.” Though conceived for the Americans that doesn’t mean other nationalities won’t want to get their hands on the Dark Night. It offers another worthy contender in the ww.tc group.