Me-ow! Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Steel


One of the possibly most beautiful collections of ladies’ watches from Girard-Perregaux, the Cat’s Eye, recently got two new additions. This time, they’re in steel featuring stylish silver and champagne colors. The redesigned case is paired with a gorgeous dial, which together give an unmistakably feminine impression. The Cat’s Eye Steel, much like its predecessors, shows that elegance that comes with a feminine watch is not necessarily incompatible with watch complications, but rather fuses those two nicely.

As far as the dimensions go, the Cat’s Eye Steel stays within the (somewhat) petite category with its 37.95 x 32.95 mm size. The steel case is set with 56 diamonds, namely on the bezel. Encircled by those gems is the beautiful dial with sun-brushed finish, which comes in two colors, the previously mentioned silver and champagne. Just the 12 hour numeral is here, and the rest is completed with tear-shaped hour indexes. The dial itself seems rather simple, but nifty features are located on it. For example, what only looks like a constellation decoration at 5 o’clock position is actually a nice background for the power reserve indicator. There’s also a date aperture just slightly above it which mimics the shape of the watch. Overall, the designers did a great job incorporating various features and keeping the elegance of the dial without making it look cluttered.

A slight visual departure from its monochromatic sibling

But that’s not all: a small seconds indicator lies on the 9 o’clock position, visually completing the dial. Protecting the whole thing is the domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and the same material can be found on the back, where it reveals the mechanism. Speaking of it, the watch utilizes a mechanical movement with automatic winding (Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0070), with a power reserve of a minimum 46 hours. You can roughly tell the amount of it by looking at the nicely designed power reserve indicator on the dial. The bridges of the movement are decorated with Côtes de Genève finish, which is traditionally associated with fine watch making. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, this caliber boasts 27 jewels, further emphasizing the luxury aspect of the Cat’s Eye Steel.

Depending on the dial color, the watch is complemented with either a white or beige calfskin strap, with steel folding buckle. The silver/white version features a lovely harmony of colors, while the beige/champagne model offers a slight, but equally attractive contrast with the steel. The strap has a simple pattern which nicely goes along with the rest of the watch. Looking at the watch, it seems like there isn’t a single element that shouldn’t have been there – all the details are nicely put together in an aesthetically pleasing structure.

The water resistance quality has not been neglected – while 30 meters is not going to impress anyone, it is quite sufficient for everyday use. Combined with the sturdy sapphire crystal, it should ensure that the quality of the watch stays the same during its lifetime. On the other hand, what doesn’t need any special care is its charm – these curves will age well.

 

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