MAKE: GIRARD PERREGAUX
CASE DIAMETER: 38mm
CASE MATERIAL: 18K YELLOW GOLD
BRACELET MATERIAL: LEATHER
Girard Perregaux and Ferrari's connection is an interesting affair. Usually with watch brands and car manufacturers, the watches are usually produced and sold as some sort of sponsorship deal, like Tag with Red Bull and Richard Mille with Ferrari, with GP however it was slightly different.
Gino Macaluso, then the CEO of GP was already a successful businessmen in the world of watchmaking, having founded Tradema in the late 70's. During this time he also pursued a career in rallying as a prominent Navigator and Manager to several drivers. He won the European Rally Championship in 1972 and the Italian Rally Championship in 1974.
In the mid 90's the new Chairman of Ferrari, Luca Di Montezemolo was looking for a watch partner, through a mutual friend Gianni Bulgari (yes the CEO of Bulgari at the time) they were introduced and for the eleven years, GP produced some wonderful watches that complimented the brand of Ferrari whilst sticking to the high quality craftsmanship that GP stood for.
From 1993 to 2004 GP made several iterations of the co branded watches including this early 8020 chronograph with a stunning and rarely seen blue dial. The solid 18k yellow gold case is in superb condition, it shows some wear marks that you would expect. The GP leather is still in good condition as is the original buckle.
We love the size of this piece, at 38mm its nearly perfect in size, any bigger it would wear too large for most, it houses the GP 2280-881 movement which is a modified ETA 2892 now containing a whopping 57 jewels!
We cant think of many solid gold pieces with this amount of heft for well under 10k. I just proves the price of gold watches really boils down to popularity rather than the craftsmanship and materials themselves.