Named the Casquette 2.0, this new model upholds the design language of the original but is now encased in ceramic and Grade 5 titanium. Moreover, it features a new quartz movement with additional functionality. Lastly, with its ergonomic case, the model’s size and design make it suitable for all.
It is housed in a scratch-resistant ceramic case and features a Grade 5 titanium caseback. Both the titanium and ceramic are hypoallergenic and light. Indeed, it has an exceptionally low mass of 107g, helping to augment wearer comfort. In fact, the new Casquette is more comfortable than ever. Rounding off this lightweight ensemble are titanium pushers and a titanium badge which is positioned atop the watch head and emblazoned with a period GP logo.
In 2021, Girard-Perregaux, in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department, created a pièce unique in support of the charity auction, Only Watch. Based on the original Casquette of 1976, the watch was encased in forged carbon and titanium and endowed with titanium pushers. The watch sold for CHF 100,000, raising much-needed funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. At the time, some keen-eyed observers noticed that the Casquette Only Watch Edition featured a new movement, the Calibre GP03980, and enquired why the Maison had produced a new movement for just one timepiece. Now, that same movement, the Calibre GP03980, sits at the heart of the new Casquette 2.0.
In common with the original Casquette, this latest watch displays the hours, minutes, seconds, day, and date. However, the new movement comes with some additional functions, including the month, year, chronograph, second time zone and secret date. This latter function allows the wearer to save a memorable date of the wearer’s choosing. The secret date (date, month and year) can be shown each day at a time specified by the wearer e.g., a wedding anniversary.
The Casquette allows the wearer to view the time on demand, preserving battery life. In fact, assuming the pushers are pressed on average 20 times per day, the battery should last for 2 years. The watch is supplied on a ceramic bracelet with a rubber interior which proves more flexible and comfortable than its counterpart fitted to the original Casquette. The bracelet is now paired with a folding titanium buckle.
During the lifetime of the original Casquette, 8200 pieces were produced. Inspired by this latter figure, Girard-Perregaux has chosen to limit the production of the new Casquette to just 820 pieces. The Casquette 2.0 is keenly priced, sitting within a new segment for Girard-Perregaux.
Girard-Perregaux Casquette 2.0 is a limited edition of 820 pieces, each retailing for SGD 6,500.