125 years ago, on September 29, 1889, the judges of the Paris World Exposition gave the gold prize for the exquisite pocket watch LaEsmeralda created by Girard Perregaux. The LaEsmeralda three-gold bridge tourbillon pocket watch then became a watchmaking industry model forever.
Since 1860, CONSTANTGIRARD-PERREGAUX has been committed to creating an unrivalled timepiece, making its movement not only simple mechanical parts, but also forever Remember. Unlike other peers who focus on technical details and polishing processes, Constantia focuses its research on the construction of the movement.
He then developed the well-known balanced ‘Three Golden Bridges’ structure. The ‘Sanjin Bridge’ was originally designed with straight sharp corners and made of nickel-silver alloy. In 1867, a tourbillon with a three-gold bridge structure was shortlisted for the Neuchâtel Observatory-level watchmaking competition, which not only won the laurel crown, but its record of accuracy was unmatched for a long time. In the same year, this Sanjinqiao Tourbillon pocket watch won an award at the Paris World’s Fair.
Since then, Constantine Zillerd Perego continued to study the design of the three golden bridge structure. In the end, the three-gold bridge structure adopted an outstretched arrow-shaped design, and the material was replaced by nickel-silver with 21K gold. In order to prevent others from copying, Constantine registered a patent for this movement in the United States Patent Office in March 1884. The movement was launched in Switzerland in 1888.
1889 was another year of great challenges for Constantine: Paris once again hosted the World Expo, and the appearance of the Eiffel Tower added huge influence to the Expo. Constant has decided to create an exquisite pocket watch in all aspects for this World Expo. There is no anecdotal evidence that this pocket watch will be equipped with a three-gold bridge tourbillon movement. In order to match its exquisite movement, this pocket watch also has a gorgeous case. Constantia invited Fritz Kundert, a top artist, to sculpt a thick rose gold case. Kundelt has made full use of all the engraving techniques that have been lost for a few pounds today to create a noble and gorgeous ornament for this pocket watch.
On September 29, 1889, Constant’s outstanding work won the gold medal at the Paris Exposition.
However, the story doesn’t end there: after the fair, Hauser and Ziwy & Co, the watch and jewellery retailers with LaEsmeralda jewelry stores in Paris and Mexico, were authorized to sell the pocket watch, which So it was named LaEsmeralda. Soon, the pocket watch was purchased by then-President Mexico General-General Ferrío Diaz, and the details of the transaction remain confidential.
In 1970, LaEsmeralda was resurrected by chance: a descendant of General Diaz contacted Girard-Perregaux partners who were traveling in Mexico and hoped that Girard-Perregaux would repurchase the legendary watch. In the end, the transaction was completed, and LaEsmeralda became the collection of the Girard Perregaux Museum and was permanently tasted by the world.
This exquisite pocket watch has an incredible fate. Perhaps LaEsmeralda’s life is still a mystery, but it has always been an endless source of inspiration: why choose the arrow-shaped triple bridge design? What do they represent? Regardless of the most classic style or the most innovative style, Girard Perregaux has never had so many three-gold bridge tourbillon watches in today’s Haute Horlogerie series, which makes Girard Perregaux today acclaimed 125 years later As always, just as the new three-gold bridge tourbillon watch, which debuted at the Baselworld 2014, is unique. (Picture / Text Watch House Xiao Sen)