The present watch is number 41 of the of the Tourbillon sous trois Ponts d'or or Tourbillon under three gold bridges model, introduced into the market in 1991 to celebrate Girard-Perregaux's bicentenary.
Girard-Perregaux's first tourbillon movement featuring three gold bridges was patented in 1884 by one of the firm's founder, Constant Girard. A unique example in the history of watchmaking, it represents a perfect combination of aesthetical, technical and symbolical aspects. At the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, his tourbillon with three gold bridges was awarded a gold medal and then declared out of competition, as it was beyond match.
Nearly 200 years later, in 1986, the firm's Research and Development Department was mandated with the creation of the present wristwatch. The challenge of miniaturizing the pocket watch movement and to inverse its construction by positioning the gold bridges on the dial side was perfectly mastered and crowned by the launch of the celebrated Tourbillon sous trois Ponts d'or wristwatch.