i think i have some nice impressions and views from the GP exhibition taking place in Muenster/Germany these days.
GP really did spare no expenses and brought everything that was available, with almost the whole range of watches being at hand for close view.
And it´s a beautiful
environment; GP´s local authorized dealer Oeding-Erdel is truly lucky:
So if you´re around, don´t miss a visit to Muenster in Westfalen/Germany. You will not regret, it´s a really great place!
More on this later, as soon as the (many) pictures are processed!
I do find we focussed a bit on PR events lately, so let me start with the watches this time.
The most interesting view probably was this one:
This Marine Chronometer is labelled "John Harrison" (and obviously accompanied by the "To John Harrison" models of the Sea Hawk II); as you might know, Marine Chronometers are very
special pieces and do have some significance for the history of the brand. As this apparently is a brand new item, i was quite hopefull. Unfortunately it turned out to be a showroom display unit only and there´s no likely model by GP at this point. Those who are familiar with Marine Chronometers in general and fine ones in particular might share the slight disappointment and cheer in encouraging GP to closely consider making some of these for sale
Still i find it a very nice idea and the unit displayed actually did cause quite some serious inquiries by interested collectors!
WW.TC limited edition "USA-76"
Because this one was introduced only a short time ago and there´s much more input below, i´ll leave you with two pictures at this point. In short, it did turn out to look more interesting and nicely made in nature than i did suspect; while some concerns remain (particularly the edition volume for this steel unit), i find the colour scheme of the dial to go very with the case and the topic:
Classic Elegance reference 49570
As noted in our earlier discussions
, i still do find this one not perfectly appropiate and not in line with GP´s recent efforts in order to rely on GP movements and particularly to beef up the portfolio. It´s not "officially communicated" either from what i could gather so far (thus it might not even appear in the catalogues), but apparently it´s available.
Nonetheless, in nature it is a much more handsome watch than earlier pictures may make believe. Particularly the date window is nicely done and, unlike most current GP models, this isn´t as much sunken:
The proportions of this watch are excellent and i´m sure it will be a great daily wearer. So despite the fact i´m still not perfectly happy to see it in existance, i tend to like it for the look and feel.
WW.TC Power Reserve - final release
As noted in our SIHH coverage as of May 2005, the new WW.TC Power Reserve underwent a little cosmetic change from earlier prototypes and units displayed in Geneva.
The final outcome is such that the date window is changed; for the better, i may add! The size of 41mm is a simply great blend of sportive and elegant elements. Over all, i do like it a lot, even if the date window inevitably is still a bit deep like the Chronograph variants here:
WW.TC "Berlin" edition
The first "real" non-media pictures of the very latest GP edition; a limited edition of 49 pieces crafted in Titanium, with brushed case flanks and a mirror-polished case top:
This one is a world premiere. I don´t believe there are any pictures of this model shown anywhere until today and while my preference for polished Titanium (and the incredibly smooth feeling when touching it) is not unknown, i´d like to hear your input on this one!
More to come!
Greetings from germany,