Girard-Perregaux launched the new Hawk line of replica watches previously this year at Miami’s Artwork Basel. The line is made up of two replica watches, the ocean Hawk, which noticed a refresh to the replica watch that is been inside the G-P line for the reason that nineteen forties, along with the totally new Chrono Hawk. Both are supposed to compliment an energetic life-style devoid of experience outside of spot if the heading will get official. Every single also represents an evolved visual identification for G-P meant to carry the manufacturer in the twenty first century together with its well-established contemporaries.
There are 2 other replica watches that assist crystalize this go by Girard-Perregaux into deeper waters: the Constant Escapement and also the new 1966 built-in column wheel chronograph. We wrote with regard to the importance of these replica watches following Basel Earth, the place just about every made a solid perception with the model. The Continuous Escapement is often a push into uncharted territory, offering G-P a very ground breaking basis to construct upon, when the 1966 chronograph serves being a additional obtainable nod on the purists in existence.
Each of those replica watches will garner much on the awareness in view collector circles, but it’s the Hawk line of replica watches that could ought to make the strongest headway general by leveraging the thrill encompassing the model. To that conclude, I invested a week together with the new Chrono Hawk to see if G-P can build around the momentum gained in Basel.
The Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk
The new Chrono Hawk is Girard-Perregaux’s in-house computerized chronograph aimed squarely for the higher finish activity chronograph purchaser. The Chrono Hawk enters a marketplace stuffed together with the likes of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore, IWC’s Portuguese Yacht Club, and in some cases Rolex’s Daytona, among some others. That includes daring styling, a manufacture motion with pedigree, and a mission to bring modernity to G-P, the Chrono Hawk is burdened with significant goal in conveying a new eyesight for the brand name.
Whenever we spoke with Girard-Perregaux CEO Michele Sofisti throughout the introduction with the Hawk selection, he referenced the Chrono Hawk as currently being influenced by replica watches while in the brand’s previous, most notably the Laureato. Very first released in 1975, the Laureato did in truth boast an octagonal scenario and integrated bracelet extremely just like what we see within the Chrono Hawk. He also outlined the brand name shifting into much larger actions, that is applicable to the Chrono Hawk in approaches I will go over shortly.
Putting on The Chrono Hawk
The Chrono Hawk is daring at the beginning look. The situation has big floor spots and aggressive angles that have definite architectural traits. It’s a significant replica watch at 44mm, but many thanks into the sloping scenario and curvature from the underside, it’s not a flashy check out. It really is one on the easier-to-wear 44mm replica watches that I have worn, thanks in part on the superb clasp, cozy strap content, and also the aforementioned curvature of the scenario.
The strap is composed of both of those leather-based and rubber, intended to give an opulent touch even though keeping comfort to the wrist. Appear and feel are top notch, and time to the wrist quickly managed. Nonetheless, long stretches of damage (particularly in warm weather conditions) will turn into a sweaty affair. That is thanks towards the significant thickness in the strap plus the heft in the look at by itself. This is certainly a concern encountered with most replica watches of the measurement and weight although, and i would not get in touch with the Chrono Hawk the worst offender I’ve arrive throughout.
The rubbery texture of the strap is carried on to the pushers and crown, making actuation and manipulation fast and assured. You can find also a slab with the stuff serving as being a meeting point between the situation entire body (which can be octagonal) along with the bezel (that’s round). This generates an area of tension inside of exactly what is otherwise a gorgeous structure. I am not sure how this may are fixed without the need of resorting towards the rubber collar, but it surely might have been good to determine a more exquisite option. That is a little competition which i suspect will go mostly unnoticed, nevertheless it could conclusion up an annoyance from the extended haul.
It’s really worth noting which the clasp around the Chrono Hawk has become the ideal I have made use of. Its condition and movement is spot on, with clean but restricted action when closing and releasing. The strap is integrated with the circumstance, which does look awesome and tends to make to get a snug match, but personalized strap alternatives might be pretty restricted, as in they’re going to have to be custom made built.
About the Wrist
I’d the possibility to invest time with each the white and black dialed variations of your Chrono Hawk, and possess found the black dial for being significantly less challenging about the eyes. The hands and hour markers on both of those replica watches are the very same, stuffed with white luminous substance. This generates a fairly easy to read through contrast to the black dial, though the hands and hour markers manage to blend into white dial. Neither is especially challenging to study, but all those with lousy eyesight will see a substantial distinction between the 2.
The dial alone is laid out wonderfully. The dual registers are symmetrical in themselves and throughout the dial, just about every exhibiting numeric readouts only at six and 9 o’clock. The day aperture is nestled in at six o’clock about the dial, at the bottom of stacked negligible branding and labeling. The hour markers sink into the dial’s steep edges, emphasizing into the depth among the dial as well as chapter ring. The most important draw towards the dial is definitely the three-dimensional honeycombed texture that requires factors to the upcoming amount. It really is not as subtle as Tapisserie pattern you will obtain over a Royal Oak, but it surely matches the Chrono Hawk beautifully.
The chronograph features as smoothly and simply as you’d expect over a replica watch with this price variety. The orange call-outs within the chronograph palms include a good touch for legibility. Some could possibly acquire situation along with the proven fact that the chronograph only totals as many as half-hour, which I think was meant to maintain the sub dials symmetrical. It did not bother me, but I do not utilize the complication for nearly anything for a longer time than boiling noodles or timing a pizza while in the oven.
Within the Chrono Hawk
The Chrono Hawk uses Girard-Perregaux’s very own caliber 3300 as being a foundation, that has been something of the workhorse for that brand name through the years. The motion is most appreciated to the ceramic ball bearings that make sure smooth winding actuation from the automated rotor. On this application, the movement gains a chronograph module, meaning the movement is not really integrated, but it really does make use of a column wheel and feels every single bit nearly as good as it must. However, just one would expect to see an built-in chronograph movement at this price stage – however the AP Offshore is perhaps a good much more egregious offender during this category.
The most important quibble I’ve with all the motion in this observe may be the disparity in the event and motion diameter. It really is clear with one glimpse this is a motion you will locate within a wide range of replica watches thanks to its diminutive dimensions. It does look beautiful, but is simply dwarfed through the powerful circumstance design and style of the Chrono Hawk. Michele Sofisti did elude to much larger calibers hitting the scene by 2015, so this could be 1 application to keep a replica watch on when that does happen.
The Chrono Hawk can be a welcome addition towards the earth of high-end activity replica watches. Its refreshing design and style and impeccable execution will no doubt be a focus for major lovers and common buyers alike. Because we introduced it to you personally, the price of your Chrono Hawk has dipped to $13,800 for both of those metal variants, and $17,000 with the black ceramic edition. For that cost you are finding a top-notch movement, avant-garde scenario and dial structure, and amazing create top quality.
When the Chrono Hawk may not be perfect for everyday use for a few, it is a perfect companion for that active fanatic or seasoned collector. Total this can be a fun check out to wear and if it can be any sign of what we can be expecting from Girard-Perregaux going forward, we’re on board.
Genuinely unique circumstance design
High quality movement
No built-in movement
Small motion for your case
Rubber collar among scenario and bezel
Chronograph tops out at 30 minutes