During Baselworld 2014 Girard-Perregaux introduced a new addition to their Chrono Hawk sports chronograph range, in pink gold. With thanks to Avstev, I recently had the opportunity to see this piece in Sydney.
The new sixty-two part case is 18K pink gold with black ceramic and rubber, a colour/ metal/ material combination popular for dressy high end sports watches amongst both brands and customers alike.
The case’s size and octagonal shape is not new, having been already seen in the other Chrono Hawk models, which have been in steel and ceramic.
This is a an angular bulky watch, even for a 44mm, in large part due to its thickness – 15.85mm. Fortunately, the integrated rubber strap (coated with black alligator) and curvature at the point of integration means that it can sit tightly on the wrist as well as giving it an attractive streamlined look.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the new Chrono Hawk RG is the black polychrome dial. The use of a motif inspired by the Girard-Perregaux tourbillon bridges, a design nod that may well escape those not familiar with Girard-Perregaux, gives the dial some texture, interest, and depth.
The use of black ceramic for the crown, crown guard and the pushers gives the piece a good overall balance between black and pink gold.
Hour markers are applied, and the nicely chunky and legible lumed indices and hands continue the black and pink gold theme. With a bi-compax layout, at three o’clock is a seconds sub-dial, with a minutes sub-dial at 9 o’clock. The eponymous chronograph counter functions are courtesy of a black white-tipped centre seconds hand that perhaps could be slightly more legible against the black dial.
Inside the Chrono Hawk Pink Gold is the automatic Calibre GP3300-0076 movement (base 3300 with a chronograph module) with 46 hours of power reserve, visible through the open caseback, which is secured by six screws. Water resistance is 100m.
These sorts of dressed-up luxury sports watches appear to be an ever growing portion of the market, with the use of contemporary materials such as ceramic and rubber seemingly de rigueur. The new Chrono Hawk Pink Gold has a strong presence both visually and on the wrist. As an addition to this segment of the market, this is a luxury watch that looks the part.