Yesterday watch manufacturer Girard-Perregaux unveiled their new Hawk collection, comprised of two distinctive timepieces; the Sea Hawk and the Chrono Hawk. Whilst both are strong offerings, it is the latter that has really caught my attention, thanks in no small part to its modern, masculine design and clean, balanced display.
Invariably comparisons will be drawn to AP’s iconic Royal Oak Offshore and whilst there are certainly similarities there are also enough differences to establish the Chrono Hawk as a distinctive timepiece in its own right. Well, as distinctive as a dual-register chronograph can be – after all, there are only so many places you can put a sub-dial.
Size and Strength
At 44mm the stainless steel case of the Hawk Chrono is probably pushing the boundaries for an ‘every-day’ watch although wearing it with a suit and tie is definitely not out of the question. Still, it is a sports watch through and through and every aspect of the robust case has been designed with that in mind. Sharp, angular edges contrast beautifully with the round satin-finished bezel, held in place by a black octagonal rubber ring, all elements working together to produce an aggressive looking timepiece.
The dial is well laid-out and simplistic in its design, as all good chronographs should be. Evenly balanced the over-sized numbers on the sub-dials and the thick cut indices and hands ensure a high-level of legibility, whilst also giving the watch a distinctive aesthetic. Finishing off the design is a unique motif, which according to the brand was inspired by the famous Girard-Perregaux Bridge. This pattern covers the surface of the dial and adds a further sense of contrast and depth.
The movement is the in-house, automatic calibre GP3300 and in addition to chronograph functionality offers a power-reserve of approximately 46 hours. It can be viewed through the sapphire exhibition case back on the reverse side of the watch. The strap is rubber encased in brown or black leather depending on your choice of dial color (black or silver) and comes with a steel folding buckle.
RRP is US$14,800, which is arguably a little on the high-side but again this is a manufacture movement chronograph from a very reputable brand.
The Final Word
The Chrono Hawk is a solid offering from Girard-Perregaux that focuses on their strengths as a watch manufacturer. Admittedly there is no real distinguishing feature that makes it stand out in crowd but all the individual elements work well together to create a clean, robust sports watch that will be both reliable and durable for years to come, not to mention the fact that it’s not unpleasant to look at.
For more information on this model as well as others in the new Hawk Collection please visit the official Girard-Perregaux site: www.girard-perregaux.com