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Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk review

With the new Hawk collection, Girard-Perregaux offers a resolutely 21st century anchored design to the Sea Hawk collection, which dates from 1940’s.

By René Giroud

Offering a dive watch and a chronograph, the brand expands, in an attractive way, its offer in the field of sports watches. This time, we have chosen to focus on the chronograph only.

With its 44mm diameter case, the Chrono Hawk watch immediately arises as a manly time keeper, an impression reinforced by the harp edges and the contrast between the brushed steel and the black rubber elements. In fact, the push buttons, the crown and the octagonal ring of the bezel echoes with the black rubber strap. The set of contrasts continues in the design, as it opposes the hard lines of the case to the curves of the bezel and to the round counters of the chronographs. The various elements of the dial emphasize the contemporary look of this watch, particularly through a convoluted pattern reminiscent of the iconic Bridge of the brand and of symmetrical counters, which are not without reminding the speedometer of racing cars.

In terms of readability massive indexes and large central hands characterize this Chrono Hawk, offering an elevated surface to accommodate the Super-LumiNova. Thanks to this the elements necessary for reading time are clearly visible when the watch is plunged into darkness. The symmetry of the dial is reinforced by the minutes counter of the chronograph facing the small second at 3 o’clock, which emerges particularly thanks to its orange hand. Finally, the date window at 6 o’clock is clearly isolated, which gives to the whole an improved readability of each function.

In terms of movement, this timepiece is equipped with the self-winding GP3300 calibre. Equipped with approximately 46 hours of power reserve, it benefits from an impeccable finish, as it is the tradition in Girard-Perregaux. Pulsating at a frequency of 4 Hz, it can be seen directly through the sapphire glass that covers the bottom of the case. This is the opportunity to observe the work done on the oscillating weight as once more, it opposes the aggressive lines to the curves of the overall design.

Waterproof to 100 meters, this Chrono Hawk imposes itself by the combination of a modern design and the technical know-how of the brand, to offer both a masculine and stylish sports model, which should allow the measurement of short times with ease and precision.

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