This high-end Swiss manufacture, part of the Sowind group – a subsidiary of Kering – traces its roots back to the late-18th century. The brand’s achievements are truly singular among watchmakers: the first major commercial production of a watch, designer of the first mechanical movement at high frequency, established the universal standard frequency for quartz watches today (vibrating at 32,768 hertz). It is this time-honoured precision and quality that makes a Girard-Perregaux timepiece so coveted among horologists today.