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Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M.

Marina Milojević | 04.02.17 | 07:46 PM

BaselWorld 2017

In 2008, the house of Girard-Perregaux introduced the Constant Escapement, a major watchmaking breakthrough with a frame integrating a silicon blade thinner than a human hair. Providing constant amplitude and constant rate, the new constant-force escapement revolutionized the foundations of chronometry by ensuring that the watch will beat at a constant rate no matter how much power remains in the barrels.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M.

At this year’s BaselWorld watch and jewelry show, exactly ten years since the launch of the first Constant Escapement, that won the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or” award in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Girard-Perregaux introduced the new Constant Escapement L.M. model featuring a more technical, contemporary design.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M.

Same as before, the mechanism of the Constant Escapement LM, which pulls the extraordinary properties of silicon, supplies the balance wheel with constant force that never declines, no matter how much energy is available. Protected by four invention patents, the new Constant Escapement L.M. features a butterfly-wing frame placed between the lever and the balance spring. This intermediate device serves to support a buckled-blade measuring just 14 microns thick – six times finer than a human hair. The silicon component, which appears to be floating in a vacuum, it is capable of storing a certain amount of energy, before releasing it all at once and transmitting it back to the balance wheel when an impulse causes it to buckle from one state of equilibrium to another. This entirely new constant force escapement makes it possible to supply steady impulses to the oscillating organ, whatever the state of depletion of the barrel, thereby ensuring unparalleled precision.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M.

Another important feature of the model, powered by a mechanical hand-winding movement, is its extraordinary power reserve. Two double barrels, comprising springs amounting to a total three meters in length, can store the amount of energy necessary for a one full week of autonomy. The linear power reserve indicator is placed at 9 o’clock position, while the hours and minutes are read off on an offset counter at 12 o’clock.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M.

The new Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. is available in pink gold, white gold, or a carbon-titanium composite. The model measures 46mm in diameter, and has an all-black dial. Water resistant to 30 meters of depth. The pink gold Girard-Perregaux Constant escapement L.M. retails at $123,500.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M.

Photos courtesy of Girard-Perregaux.

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