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Jean-François Bautte is a talented young man who learns successively watchmaking, turner and goldsmith. From his 19 years old, he created his first watches, including ultra-thin watches bringing him success. In 1856, Constant Girard , owner of Girard & Cie, founded with his wife, Marie Perregaux, their company: Girard-Perregaux & Cie. In 1906, the company merges with Bautte house. The house then based in La Chaux de Fond developed a concept of a wristwatch for officers of the German Navy commissioned by Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany. In the early 20th century, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin measures its aeronautical tests using Girard-Perregaux timepieces. Tourbillon and chronographe are mythical pieces of the manufacture. The Villa Jean Richard, museum at La Chaux de Fonds, gathers some of emblematic time-pieces of the Manufacture.

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La Esmeralda - Tourbillon à secret

Famous tourbillon with 3 gold bridges makes La esmeralda cult since 1889 - The gyromatic HF is the first watch with high frequency mechanical movement, with a balance beating at 36,000 vibrations/hour.
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