The most striking feature of the new timepiece is the component from which its name is derived. We are of course referring to the three bridges, a strong visual signature synonymous with the Girard-Perregaux name and with a legacy stretching as far back as the 19th century. Apart from making a strong visual statement, it also plays a key structural role when working with Girard-Perregaux’s architectural movement. If you look closely at the watch, you’ll find that there isn’t a dial, at least in the traditional sense. The three black PVD coated bridges essentially form the watch dial and serve as the main attachment point for the self-winding movement’s components.
As with any skeletal watches, the movement is always a highlight and the GP09400-1683 automatic tourbillon movement is no different. Some notable appointments in the movement include the lightweight tourbillon, made up of 79 components and weighing in at only 0.25 grams, and its mainspring barrel located at the 12 o’clock position. The mainspring barrel acts as the watch’s power source and with skeletal designs, they offer wearers and rare look into the beating heart of their timepiece. In addition to this, Girard-Perregaux included two more special elements. First of these is the integrated micro-rotor, located just beneath the barrel. It is made of white gold and is barely visible, giving the Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition the benefits of an automatic movement but still retaining the see-through quality of a skeletal design. The second element is the Aston Martin signature, subtly etched into the micro-rotor’s vertical flank and filled with white Super-LumiNova, making it pop at night while being harder to spot during the day.