Girard Perregaux is known for creating some of the world’s most beloved pieces such as the WW.TC, the tourbillon with three gold bridges, and the Vintage 1945 to name but a few. This year, this esteemed brand has added a new watch to the already successful Chrono Hawk series. The Chrono Hawk has now been fitted with a steel bracelet and has undergone a minor facelift.
The Chrono Hawk comes from the Sea Hawk collection of superlative diving watches. The Hawk series was first produced in the 1940’s and has remained an indelible part of the GP lineup ever since. As the name suggests, the Chrono Hawk is equipped with a chronograph. The new model uses a powerful “H” bracelet, which is one of the most sturdy bracelet construction designs in the industry. The bracelet is made from stainless steel and is outfitted with a single folding clasp and safety latch for confidence when diving or performing any outdoor activity.
The Chrono Hawk on steel retains its case size of 44mm for the diameter and 15.45mm for the case height. The main case is also in stainless steel with an octagonal rubber lining rimming the brushed and rounded bezel. The bezel also features 6 screws which secure the anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The main crown is ridged facilitating the easy changing of the date and time. The chrono pushers are lever styled with a rubber coating on the surface for quick and deft operation of this complication.
Powering this timepiece is the GPO3300-0073 self-winding chronograph movement that carries a solid 46 hours of power reserve. The movement features 61 jewels and beats at the constant rate of 28,800 VpH. The movement is a modified ebauche movement from GP’s parent company the Sowind Group.
The dial uses a unique beehive guilloche pattern and two noticeable subdials at 3 and 9. The subdial at 3 indicates the true seconds, while the counter at 9 is used to display the chronograph minutes. The chronograph seconds hand is centrally located and points to the chrono seconds register on the flange. Both chronograph hands are fashioned from black steel. The hour markers are rendered as indexes and like the minute and hour hands are thoroughly coated with lume. At the 6 position is a nifty date display window. The Chrono Hawk is water resistant to 100 meters (10 bars).