Girard-Perregaux Honored

The "Opera One" timepiece by Girard-Perregaux, one of the flagship luxury brands of the Swiss watch industry, has been awarded the "Special Jury Prize" in the annual Swiss Watch of the Year competition, sponsored by the Swiss magazines Montres Passion, Uhren Welt, and L'Hebdo. The prize is awarded when the competition jury, composed of European watch industry leaders, determines that a particular watch model contributes to the development of the Swiss watch industry. The 2000 award not only praised the Opera One but also commended Girard-Perregaux for "the continual approach and work accomplished by an independent manufactory, motivated by the passion of watchmaking." The timepiece has a tourbillon with gold bridges and a grand Westminster-type striking mechanism. It retails for about $320,000. Founded in 1791, Girard-Perregaux is headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and pr

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