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ReviewRevving Up The Gears Of Time: Latest In Their Collaboration Is The Girard-Perregaux Neo Bridges Aston Martin

For Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin’s fifth collaborative edition, we see more of the same: a mysteriously gorgeous wristwatch with charismatic hues. The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition is one for the top shelf

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The latest addition to the new-age Neo Bridges line by Girard-Perregaux is defined as a ‘product of shared know-how’ by the brand. To be honest, we’re struggling to find a better way to describe the piece that screams elegance through and through, with subtle details that make all the difference. The Swiss watchmakers were established in 1791, while Aston Martin, in 1913. Individually, both brands personify fine luxury, albeit in different spheres. Together, they share over three centuries of history, with a considerable voice in the game. Let’s take a closer look at the new Neo Bridges Aston Martin watch, which is inspired by the world’s first Super Tourer, the DB12.

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Girard-Perregaux unveil their fifth collaborative timepiece with Aston Martin: the Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition, with an exquisitely skeletonised display

Full-Throttle Timekeeping: The Neo Bridges Aston Martin

The most striking feature of this wristwatch is the inclusion of the Aston Martin green on the iconic bridges. Sure, that’s what grabs your attention at first glance, but there’s a lot more going on.

“In this latest model, the joint creative team decided to challenge some commonly held horological conventions around the design of the movement. They played an active role in the conception of this watch, looking at the materials employed, and interestingly, the design of the movement,” said Mark Reichmann, vice president and chief creative officer, Aston Martin.

The movement in question is the GP0840000-2164—an automatic calibre, which features a micro-rotor. The calibre is an inverted movement, which means it brings to the forefront the components of the movement that are usually hidden, making them visible for all to see, owing to the skeletonised display.

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The most striking feature of this wristwatch is the inclusion of the Aston Martin green on the iconic bridges. . The calibre is an inverted movement, which means it brings to the forefront the components of the movement that are usually hidden, making them visible for all to see, owing to the skeletonised display

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Since much of the movement is displayed through the dial, the caseback features an Aston Martin logo decal

Apart from the prominent bridges, what draws attention are the components that bear the names of both the brands involved, in equal status. The barrel, positioned at 1:30—effectively the fuel tank of the watch—bears the name of the Swiss manufacture. What powers the movement—the micro-rotor—is engraved with the Aston Martin name and, in turn, provides an unobstructed view of the dial. This sure is a poetic placement of both the brands, we’d say.

The gorgeous green-coloured bridges themselves support the gear train and the balance wheel, while the wearer is given an opportunity to witness several components in conversation, working together to impart time. Keep all the efforts with the collaboration and the inspiration from the motor world aside, what makes a timepiece like this as gorgeous as it is, is just the symphony of the mechanical components moving in harmony, working together on your wrist, all powered by a micro-rotor that moves as you do. It’s poetry in motion, and being as skeletonised as it is, with the gorgeous green to accentuate, it just makes it better.

Since much of the movement is displayed through the dial, the caseback features an Aston Martin logo decal.

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The gorgeous green-coloured bridges themselves support the gear train and the balance wheel, while the wearer is given an opportunity to witness several components in conversation, working together to impart time

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The Neo Bridges Aston Martin takes inspiration from the first Super Tourer car, the DB12 by Aston Martin. Notably, the inspiration comes from the brakes of the car, which are revealed behind the spoked wheels of the Aston Martin DB12, showcasing sharper lines and extra openings

Motorsport And Horology Worlds Meet With The Neo Bridges Aston Martin

The Neo Bridges Aston Martin takes inspiration from the first Super Tourer car, the DB12 by Aston Martin. Notably, the inspiration comes from the brakes of the car, which are revealed behind the spoked wheels of the Aston Martin DB12, showcasing sharper lines and extra openings.

The watch boasts skeletonised baton-type indexes that display the hours and minutes, which have been inspired by the automotive world, where extraneous material is removed to save weight.

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The use of titanium to create the 45mm case, covered in black DLC, gives the timepiece a mysterious, effortlessly stylish look

Speaking of weight, the use of titanium to create the 45mm case, covered in black DLC, gives the timepiece a mysterious, effortlessly stylish look. Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the Neo Bridges Aston Martin is set to become a collector’s item, as it well should be.

The timepiece isn’t ground-breaking or a whole new way of appreciating the Neo Bridges collection, but it was never meant to be that. The idea was to remain consistent with the design and excellence, while simultaneously seeking advancements. By all means, the two luxury brands have achieved just that.

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