New Hawk collection from Girard-Perregaux

Two new models have arrived to the majestically-named Hawk collection by Girard-Perregaux. Like the eponymous birds, the new timepieces present a sleek, elegant style that’s bound to cause admiration. The Sea Hawk watch is optimized for scuba diving with its impressive water resistance of up to 1,000 meters, while the Chrono Hawk packs a chronograph and has a somewhat more classic design. Both utilize mechanical movements that were developed and produced completely in-house.

1 kilometer of depth? Piece of cake for these guys: Sea Hawk

Water resistance is something that Sea Hawk certainly excels at, but that’s not the only quality that will attract the prospective buyers. The durable stainless steel case provides ruggedness and looks very elegant. It measures 44 mm and features an anti-clockwise turning rubber or steel bezel for dive-time calculations. Another diving specialty is the helium valve for use during decompression, which is crucial at such high depths. The construction of the case has been engineered so as to provide excellent shock-resistant quality, with the crown being protected by a perfectly integrated crown guard.

Aquatic motif on the back

While the case itself doesn’t bring much visual surprises, the dial spices things up a bit with its bright orange hands. A nice (and very useful) addition is the inclusion of power reserve indicator, which is located below the hands. The dial comes in either brighter stainless steel color or black, making the style of the watch stand out greatly. For the strap, Girard-Perregaux included a rubber strap, which only makes sense, since this is a diving watch.

On the other hand, we have the Chrono Hawk. As the name suggests, this timepiece includes a chronograph function, powered by the same movement as the Sea Hawk – the GP3300 self-winding mechanical movement, with a total power reserve of 46 hours. The watch also features the same-sized case with the octagonal rubber ring that holds the satin-finish steel bezel. But it differs from its nautical counterpart in two regards: the dial and the strap. No power indicator here – the dial is more classic-looking, with the addition of the chronograph sub-dials and the date display at 6 o’clock position. While the water resistance of 100 meters is not very impressive compared to the Sea Hawk, it will definitely be enough for everyday wear and tear.

Stylish black version of Chrono Hawk

The dial is protected with a sapphire crystal, and it also comes in two color variants. As for the straps, the buyers are presented with two choices: rubber encased in either brown or black leather. Like the Sea Hawk, it has a steel folding buckle which blends in nicely with the style of the watch and secures comfortable feel on the wrist.

Both models use the same kind of buckle

The Chrono Hawk is arguably a better-looking timepiece than Sea Hawk, but the aquatic qualities of the latter will certainly be more appealing to those who value ruggedness and durability most. Each one has a distinct character, and coupled with excellent mechanical qualities, it seems that these timepieces have a bright future ahead of them – or dark, if we’re talking about the deep dark depths.

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