Casquette was originally produced between 1976 and 1978, with 8,200 pieces being produced and sold under an anonymous reference number rather than the sobriquet it would later earn among collectors.
The watch – which displayed hours, minutes, seconds, day and date with the press of a button – boasted an innovative tubular LED display and variations were produced with cases in polycarbonate, yellow gold plate and steel.
Now 44 years after the model was discontinued, Girard-Perregaux introduces the Casquette 2.0 with a faithfully proportioned scratch-resistant ceramic case and bracelet (with rubber interior) and grade 5 titanium caseback, pushers and vintage Girard-Perregaux logo.
Last year Girard-Perregaux hinted at a return of the design with a forged carbon piece unique created in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department for the Only Watch charity auction. The watch featured an entirely new Calibre GP03980 movement which now powers the Casquette 2.0, adding month, year, chronograph, second time zone and secret date to the watch’s list of functions.
“Not all watches retain their looks and desirability with the passage of time,” says Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux. “However, since production of the original Casquette ceased in 1978, the interest in this watch has never diminished. We regularly receive enquiries and have witnessed these models attract much attention, fetching 10x their original sales price on the pre-owned market.”
The Casquette 2.0 is available now, as a limited edition of 820 pieces, via Girard-Perregaux retailers, priced $4,700 USD.
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