Introduced in 2006, the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon takes the label “wrist game” to a whole new level thanks to a miniature slot machine on the dial. What’s more, this highly complicated Girard-Perregaux model also features a chiming mechanism and a one-minute tourbillon inside its generously sized 18k rose gold rectangular case.We guarantee that you’ve never come across a watch quite like this Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon, which is why we’ve chosen to feature it as our Watch of the Month. Read on for all the details about this playful yet ultra-luxurious timepiece crafted by one of the oldest fine watchmaking manufactures still in operation in Switzerland today. Find this timepiece story in our print catalog. Get your copy of the Gray and Sons Jewelers Catalog Here.
Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon by Girard-Perregaux
The Vintage 1945 is one of Girard-Perregaux’s main collections, which is home to Art Deco-inspired watches. Combining an appealing mix of straight and curved lines, these rectangular Girard-Perregaux timepieces arch around the wrist to offer both bold style and superb comfort.
The groundbreaking and whimsical Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon turned heads when it debuted at Baselworld 2006 as it was the first watch in the world to bring together a tourbillon and a slot machine. Similar to the “one-armed bandit” invented by German-born Charles Fey in 1895 in San Francisco, the slot machine of the Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon watch is operated by a pull lever on the right side of the case. Furthermore, after the three reels spin and stop at any of the five symbols (spades, hearts, diamonds, horseshoes, and bells, which mimics Fey’s original Liberty Bell slot machine), a minute repeater-type hammer strikes a gong to produce audible chimes! It’s truly a treat for the eyes and ears. There are 125 possible combinations — and a trio of bells is a jackpot.
Sitting on the opposite side of the delightful slot machine mechanism on the black dial is the tourbillon, complete with the signature Girard-Perregaux rose gold bridge. The tourbillon makes one full rotation every minute, and thus also houses the running seconds display. Wedged in between the slots and tourbillon are the hour and minute hands, accompanied by oversized Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock. As expected, the handset and hour markers are fashioned from 18k rose gold.
The 18k rose gold case of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon measures 43 x 44mm and both sides feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystals. The rectangular window on the caseback offers a view of the intricate manual-winding mechanical movement that powers this complicated watch. The complex integrated movement was built with 502 parts, and most impressively, you can pull on the lever as many times as you want without affecting the four-day (96-hour) power reserve.
Finalizing the style of this high-flier timepiece is a classic black alligator leather strap, fitted with a rose gold deployant clasp to match the case material and dial details.
Lucky Number 7
Girard-Perregaux produced the Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon timepiece in very limited quantities, each engraved with a unique number. This particular example of a pre-owned Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon (ref. 99720-52-651-BAGA) available for sale at Gray & Sons was made in collaboration with the world-famous Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. And it’s engraved with lucky number 7, no less!
The exclusive watch comes with two card decks, five dice, a set of poker chips, a pair of gloves, and the original box and papers. In short, this is a spectacular complete set for the seasoned luxury watch collector. A watch conceived for high horology connoisseurs and high rollers alike, the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon is a whale of a watch.
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