Cinematic Glamour by Girard-Perregaux: Chrono Hawk Hollywoodland


With their latest watch, Girard-Perregaux pays tribute to Hollywood, a place where dreams come true, or so it seems. The Chrono Hawk Hollywoodland shows the devotion of the Swiss company towards the world of cinema, and what better theme for this than Hollywood, with its glamour and luxury. But this relationship between Girard-Perregaux and Hollywood isn’t purely platonic – last year, the watchmaker announced that they will be the Exclusive Timekeeper, as well as a Founding Supporter of the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The museum is located in Los Angeles and it’s scheduled to be open in 2017. Among other things, it will comprise movie theatres, galleries and educational areas.

Now, let’s get back to the watch. Or, should we say two watches. Specifically, we’re talking about two version of the new Hawk, which have different colored dials – a light and a dark one. Other than that, the watches are pretty much identical. For starters, we have the 44 mm case, made of ceramic. This is complemented with pink gold bezel, which gives the watch a luxurious look. The case itself features some nice relief carving, which adds to the overall aesthetics.

Sporty dial with luxurious details - perfect for Hollywood!

On the side, we can notice the crown and the two push pieces surrounding it, all matching the case. As a whole, the case presents a nice combination of matte and gloss finishes, which work together well. As for the case-back, it’s sapphire glass, through which we can see the movement and its oscillating weight. Finally, the water resistance of the watch is 100 meters, or 10 ATM, which should be quite sufficient unless you’re planning on taking the watch to some extreme aquatic activities.

The watch is completed with a strap that combines rubber and leather

Looking at the dial, we can spot several distinctive features. First, we can spot the distinctive texture of the watch face, available in two different colors, dark and light. At 3 and 9 o’clock positions, there are the small seconds indicator and the chronograph sub-dial, respectively. Around the dial, we can see the luminescent indexes, matching the bezel. The same goes for the hour and minute hands, while the second hand features a more subtle style. The date window is located at 6 o’clock. Finally, the dial is covered with a sapphire crystal, antireflective for optimal visibility.

For the movement, Girard-Perregaux used their in-house caliber GP03300-0073 with 61 jewels. This is a self-winding mechanical movement, which beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The power reserve is minimum 46 hours, which sounds pretty reasonable.

Finally, we have the strap. Both versions of the Chrono Hawk Hollywoodland feature a stylish black strap which is actually composed of two different materials. The base for it is rubber, which was coated with alligator leather, creating a pretty cool combination of durability and stylishness. All this makes a good match for the case, as well as the dial. The strap itself is completed with a folding buckle, which is made of PVD titanium, finished with a titanium cover.

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