Girard Perregaux 24 Hour Shopping Judged Year’s Most Beautiful Women’s Watch


Having seen the results of many “best watch” awards, I still do not completely understand what it takes to be named ‘best.’ While award givers are plentiful, the basis on which prizes are given out appears to take three distinct elements into consideration aside from mere looks. Those elements are mechanical excellence, visual appeal, and everyday practicality.

Last month, the Prix Officiel de la Revue des Montres 2008 in Paris announced that the Girard Perregaux 24 Hour Shopping was the most beautiful women’s watch of 2008. The 24 Hour Shopping is the female version of the men’s Financial that boasted the ability to track the opening and closing times of world financial markets. Taken to a whimsical extreme, the same is done for hot shopping spots around the world in the 24 Hour Shopping. The automatic GP033G0 movement features a second crown on the left side of the watch that adjusts the time featured on the timezone dial. Adjusting the left crown moves the outermost dial ring to switch between timezones, with popular shopping locations mentioned at particular timezone indicators. Locations include the high rent Ginza district in Tokyo, to Dubai, now a world-class shopping destination. Additional features include a power reserve indicator and 24 hour ring with day and night indication.

Included on the dial and bezel are over 80 diamonds. The highly polished steel case is a large (for a woman’s watch) 37.5mm wide . A mother of pearl face alludes to the popular lady’s line of Girard Perregaux Cat’s Eye watches, and onyx cabochons in the crowns help connect the black tones of the dial and alligator strap. My opinion is that the Girard Perregaux 24 Hour Shopping should be awarded the most wearable women’s watch of 2008 given its aesthetics and function, rather than strict beauty. The title of most beautiful watch might not be best suited in this instance.


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