Watches have always come, each with its unique history. Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon, is one more iconic addition to the long history of the unending stories we carry on our wrists. For the first time, we have a watch that looks beyond the traditional priorities of functionality and aesthetics to include fun.
We dare wager that the most interesting stories in time are about timepieces. Throughout history, the popular obsession of watchmakers is the enhancement of the escapement for higher precision. This obsession led to the inclusion of tourbillon in the mechanism of watches.
Over aesthetics, functionality has always been the prerogative of most watchmakers. Inevitably, watches grew to become not just a timepiece, but an essential fashion accessory. While functionality still occupies the pride of place for most watchmakers, aesthetics has become not just a feature but a compulsory vanity.
But no norm stays the same forever. Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon came with something more than the precision of tourbillon or the beauty of the 1945 dials. It came with a slot machine. And we could imagine the watchmaker asking while he laboured on this masterpiece, if you can have functionality and aesthetics, why not fun?
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon is a product born of the union of three divergent concepts. The watch combines tourbillon-precision functionality, the indifference of lavish beauty and the uncertainty of a game of chance. Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon is nothing if not versatile.
Price of Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon was originally designed to be rare and classy. The implication of rare and elegant in the same sentence means costly too.
The watch is a favourite amongst rich casino operators and slot players who picture the metaphor of a game of chance playing out in real-time. Slot players range from low rollers who look for free anything to the wealthy elite who want everything but free. Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon with a price tag of $625,000 is something only the richest slot fans can afford.
Description of Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
When products have an increased number of features, you generally expect certain compromises to have been made in the basic functionality. Come to think of it, how does one get to wear a whole slot machine on his wrist and the slot machine is, in fact, a watch? Well, Girard Perregaux asks, why not? This level of complexity which is compromised on nothing is why we think the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon is a masterpiece.
The vintage 1945-styled case carries a window at 12 o’clock that reveals a row of three symbols. Each symbol is a reel carrying five possible symbols and a total of 125 possible combinations that can be displayed on the window when the lever is pulled, like in the traditional slot machines.
At the lower part of the dial, where the 6 o’clock should be, is a cutout that lets you see the tourbillon and relish the beauty of the bridge for which Girard-Perregaux watches have come to be known.
On the right side of the rectangular case is a lever running almost unnoticed along its base. This lever is the slot machine’s component that makes it work.
The watch is a manual winding mechanical type with a frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour, i.e., 3 Hz. The calibre is 38.60 mm X 32.60 mm, and it has a power reserve of 4 days.
Like most mechanical watches, the watch has the basic function of the hours, minutes and seconds situated on the tourbillon. It comes with an alligator leather strap fastened at the end with a folding clasp.
How Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon Slot Machine Works
One obvious challenge with ambitions as the type envisaged by the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon idea was a problem of size. How does a watchmaker combine all of these features in a case as tiny as a regular wristwatch? Yet, Girard Perregaux found a way to do precisely that.
By separating the watch’s mechanism from that slot machine, the watch and slot machine union were made possible. The watch component works like every regular mechanical watch, while the slot machine functions independently as every regular slot machine.
The slot machine is set in motion by pulling the lever down. The lever is connected to a rack that slides upwards when the lever is pulled downwards. The slide triggers the spinning of the three reels. When the lever is released, the slide travels downwards and activates stoppers that cause the spinning of the reels, each stopping randomly on any of its five symbols. The slide also activates the hammer, which chimes the familiar tune common with casino slot machines. You know you’ve hit the jackpot when the three reels display the bell symbols all at the same time.