Constantin Girard and his wife, Marie Perregaux, married in 1854 and took over the business of Geneva watch manufacturer, Jean-Francois Bautte, in 1856.
Constantin Girard was an important watchmaker. One of his masterpieces, the “Tourbillon Sous Trois Points d’Or” (Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges) won two gold medals at the Paris Universal Exhibition, in 1867 and 1889.
Girard-Perregaux was known for its innovation. They were the first company to step away from pocket watches and design a full series of watches to be worn on the wrist around 1880.
Though famous for mechanical movements, Girard-Perregaux designed top-quality quartz movements during the 1970s when many other watch companies floundered.
In the early 1990s, Girard-Perregaux joined with Italian carmaker Ferrari to create a line of chronographs that have become highly collectible today. Also during this time, the firm used the technology from the Tourbillon Sous Trois Points d’Or in a wristwatch. The watch was completely handmade, and took six to eight months to complete.