The origins of Girard-Perregaux date back to 1791, with roots in Geneva, ultimately advancing to La Chaux-de- Fonds. With over 100 patents currently held by the maison, Girard-Perregaux is best known for the architecturally impressive Bridges collection, groundbreaking innovations like the Constant Escapement, the glittering Cat’s Eye for ladies and the recent resurrection of the ’70s-era stylish and sporty Laureato line. Increasingly, the brand is experimenting with unconventional materials in bold and dynamic combinations. Sapphire, carbon and ceramic sit alongside more traditional cases like steel and gold. This year saw the brand ink a partnership with Aston Martin, which will provide ample room for Girard-Perregaux to flex its automotive muscles.