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Girard-Perregaux Competizione Watches: A Celebration of the Spirit of Racing 

Debuting in Baselword in 2016, the Girard-Perregaux Competizione collection encapsulates the essence of car racing. Its style is based on sports chronographs from the 1950s and 1960s, an era also dominated by Girard-Perregaux

The Competizione Collection comprises two styles of 42 mm chronographs: the Stradale and the Circuito. They both run on a powerful calibre made by Perregaux in-house, intertwining vintage aesthetics with modern technology. Auto Racers of any age will appreciate Perregaux’s attention to detail when it comes to the Competizione collection. With its mushroom top pushers to its black honeycomb dials, this collection celebrates the essence of race cars and racing as a whole. 

Prices at a Glance: Most Popular Girard-Perregaux Competizione Watches

Model

Price (approx.)

Size

Features

Girard-Perregaux Circuito Chronograph Automatic Men's Watch (49590-39-612-BB6B) 

$13,400 USD

42mm

● Carbon and titanium material

● Steel chronograph 

● Luminous baton hands

● Black honeycomb dial 

● GP03300-0122 caliber 

● Calfskin strap

● Folding buckle

● 4 Hz movement 

● 27 jewels

● Power reserve of 46 hours

Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale (49590-11-111-11A)

$10,500 USD

42mm

● Steel case 

● Stainless steel strap 

● Sapphire crystal

● Automatic Movement

● GP03300-0031 calibre 

● 4 Hz movement

● White-silver dial 

● Power reserve of 46 hours

● Water resistance of 30 meters

Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale (49590-11-111-BBBA)

$9,800 USD

42mm

● Brown leather alligator strap 

● Scratch Resistant Sapphire

● White dial 

● Automatic Movement 

● GP03300-0031 calibre 

● Skeleton back 

● Power reserve of 46 hours

● Water resistance of 30 meters

Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale (49590-11-611-11A)

$9,500 USD

42mm

● Stainless steel strap 

● Black dial 

● Sapphire crystal

● Fold clasp

● Automatic Movement 

● GP03300-0031 calibre 

● Power reserve of 46 hours

● Water resistance of 30 meters

Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale (49590-11-611-BB6A)

$9,000 to $10,000 USD

42mm

● Steel case

● Black leather alligator strap

● Double-fold clasp

● Automatic Movement 

● GP03300-0031 calibre 

● Double-fold clasp

● Black dial

● Power reserve of 46 hours


 

How much does a Girard-Perregaux Competizione watch cost?

Prices for the Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale Line

Based on the three-counter chronograph watches from the 1960s racing scene, the Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale is one of the two watches under the Competizione collection. There are four permutations of the watch, which differ in strap and dial styles. 

Equipped with Automatic winding, the Competizione Stradale line comes with either a silver-white or black dial. Its straps vary from stainless steel to leather, the former coming in black or brown. These straps are linked to a steel case 42 mm in diameter. 

The Girard-Perregaux Competizione 'Stradale' Chronograph also boasts relatively large pump pushers that give the watch a sportier look. Other aesthetic features of the Stradale include a satin-brushed case, polished bezels, and a clear sapphire caseback window. Its lugs are carefully curved, making them easy to wear on your wrist. 

Its chronograph — equipped with three sub-dials and a date window — also have a sporty but minimalistic look to them. Pushing it to stand out is its red second hand, which gives the watch its aggressive touch. 

The Stradale’s bold design is only the beginning. Upon closer inspection of its features, you will see that this watch walks its talk. Inside the Competizione 'Stradale' Chronograph is a powerful GP03300 caliber, made in-house by Perregaux. This boasts over 60 jewels, a 2-day power reserve, and a 4 Hz frequency. Topping this all off is the watch’s 30 meter water resistance. 

Girard-Perregaux workshops’ hard work birthed sports chronographs like the Competizione 'Stradale'. This timepiece is available in four variations — half of which have a silver-white dial, while the other half have a black one. Both have satin finishes. Moreover, there are two straps to choose from. 

The Stradale Series costs around $9,800 to $11,000 USD. This, for the most part, will depend on the strap you choose for your timepiece. The 49590-11-111-11A, with a white dial and stainless steel strap, is approximately $10,800 USD. Getting the 49590-11-111-BBBA, with the same dial but with a brown leather strap, will cost around $9,800 USD. 

Black-dialed timepieces follow the same pricing model. The 49590-11-611-11A (with a stainless steel strap) averages around $9,500, while the 49590-11-611-BB6A (with a black leather strap) costs around $9,000 USD. 

Prices for the Girard-Perregaux Competizione Circuito Series

Compared to the Stradale series, the Girard-Perregaux Competizione Circuito chronograph features a sportier aesthetic. This timepiece stands out with its titanium-carbon casing and black, honeycomb-patterned dial. Its handsome silhouette is capped off with a dark calfskin strap. 

The Circuito, as a whole, looks like a high-end racing car—from the details of its radiator to its polished finishes. Like the Stradale, Perregaux’s Circuito chronograph also has pump pushers reminiscent of earlier sports watches. Unlike it, though, the Circuito uses smaller, sleeker variations. 

Lightweight but high-performing, the Girard-Perregaux Competizione Circuito Chronograph is 42mm in diameter. Its long, curved lugs are similar to the Stradale’s, which creates a comfortable fit. Moreover, like the Stradale, Competizione’s Circuito Chronograph also has an alluring sapphire caseback, which shows off the watch’s powerful calibre. 

The Competizione Circuito Chronograph uses the same calibre as the Stradale: Perregaux’s GP03300. This has over 400 components and uses over 60 jewels. The Circuito also has a 46-hour power reserve and a 4 Hz frequency. Like its Competizione sibling, this timepiece runs on an in-house calibre.

For the avid racing fan, a Competizione Circuito is an obvious choice. Its titanium-carbon dial brings a fierce but casual look to the Competizione collection. Beyond this, the Circuito’s crowning jewel is its sleek honeycomb dial, which looks like it was lifted off a racing car’s radiator.  There is only one style of Girard-Perregaux’s Competizione Circuito watch. It retails for around $13,400 USD per piece. 

Vintage Girard-Perregaux Competizione: Is it a good investment? 

The Competizione collection debuted in 2016. Thus, there are no ‘vintage’ pieces of either the Stradale or Circuito in rotation. Both sports watches, with their bold designs and sleek silhouettes, are one of a kind. 

However, these watches were not made without basis. These watches are callbacks to sports watches from the 1950s. The Girard-Perregaux (GP) Competizione Collection takes inspiration from its own vintage watches, such as the 1973 GP Monte Carlo. 

Perregaux’s Monte Carlo watches are vintage sports timepieces. Their style is defined by their cream colored dial and three black subdials (aptly called a Panda colorway). The Competizione also sports the Monte Carlo’s pump pushers, most similar to the Stradale’s mushroom tops.  

This collection also seems to borrow the looks of GP’s 1965 Monte Carlo. It has the Competizione’s iconic red second hand marker and sundial positioning. The 1965 Monte Carlo also has minute markers surrounding its dial---which is best used in the world of racing. 

Beyond these decades-old pieces, the Competizione collection also looks like Girard-Perregaux’s 49580 Flyback Chronograph. This sports watch from the 21st century is 2mm down the Competizione’s diameter. The 49580 also does not have Arabic number markers like the Competizione collection (only the 12th hour is marked). However, it has the same sleek and dark dial. 

Girard-Perregaux Monte Carlo watches are difficult to come by. Thus, most of its owners get them from the resale market. The 49580 Flyback Chronograph, however, is newer and thus easier to buy. Most people even mistake it for its successor, the Competizione 49590 (Stradale). 

History Behind the Girard-Perregaux Competizione Collection

The Competizione comes from a long line of sports chronographs like the aforementioned 1973 and 1965 Monte Carlo watches. These watches, in turn, built a name for Girard-Perregaux

From the 1950s to the late 1960s, GP sports chronographs were a sportsman’s must-have. GP has always been known for its sleek precision, offering not just style but also reliability for many athletes around the world. Even if its cases were wider than most (40-42mm), these watches were still light and durable. 

Because of this, in its centuries-old history, Perregaux has managed to work with some of racing’s most prestigious names. Included in these are the Aston Martin, Ferrari, and the F1 racing cup. 

The Competizione collection debuted during Baselworld 2016, along with the 1996 Dual Time and Esmeralda Tourbillon watches. These two watches offer a different sporty elegance compared to the Stradale and Circuito chronographs. 

However, for those who want a piece that looks vintage but functions modern, the Stradale and Circuito chronographs are the best choices. The Competizione collection, while subcollections for Baselworld 2016, aim to mimic racing chronographs from the 1950s and 1960s. These have simple and reliable dials, 2-day power reserves, and long-lasting casing. 

As a brand, Girard-Perregaux is best known as one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers in the world today. With a history stemming from as far as 1791, GP continues to pride itself for its iconic work, specifically with their “Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges” design. A combination of innovation, opulence, and quality, Girard-Perregaux watches are living icons. 

4 Reasons to Buy a Girard-Perregaux Competizione Watch

1. High-Performing  

The Competizione collection — whether it is the Stradale or Circuito timepieces — runs on the powerful GP03300 caliber. This uses an automatic movement of over 400 pieces, excluding its jewels. Moreover, this calibre is made in-house, keeping the GP03300’s performance constant and reliable. Through the GP03300, Competizione watches also have a 28800 (4Hz) frequency. When it comes to performance and power, the Stradale and Circuito chronographs offer the same value. Thus, when buying a Competizione watch, the important questions often land on the wearer’s style and aesthetic. 

2. Aesthetic Value 

The Competizione collection does not offer much variety. The Circuito chronograph comes in its classic black honeycomb dial and nothing else. Competizione’s Stradale, however, comes in four combinations. Stradale watches come in either white or black dials. Its straps, contrastingly, also come in two varieties: stainless steel or leather. Those who opt for stainless steel watches teeter between casual and sporty looks. On the other hand, leather straps (that come in black or brown) lean more towards a classic sportsman’s watch. Whichever one chooses, the Girard-Perregaux Competizione collection can give you a watch that you wear inside a board meeting or a watch that proudly screams its purpose — sports timekeeping. Its aesthetic value frames iconic sports silhouettes well, while delivering a modern-day performance. 

3. Economic Value 

Girard-Perregaux’s Competizione watches cost around $9,400 to $10,500 USD. These are not lower-end watches. However, with its features, aesthetic, and historical significance, you are getting a timeless watch with the Competizione collection. While these are not luxury’s most affordable watches, they are not luxury’s most out-of-touch as well. Some of GP’s watches, like its famous Laureato, can cost as much as $20,000 USD, with prices reaching $100,000 for some pieces. The Competizione is the Girard-Perregaux watch you can bring around with you. It is made to last, and can cost less than a usual GP watch. 

4. Cultural Value 

Baselworld was a watch and jewelry trade show that lasted for over a century. It officially closed in 2020, however, its legacy lives on. Timepieces under Girard-Perregaux’s Competizione collection carry Baselworld on its dial, even if it is not explicitly stated. The Competizione collection debuted during Baselworld 2016. It would be one of its last shows, with the Competizione being one of its last debutants. 

Girard-Perregaux Competizione: Precision and Accuracy in One Watch 

The Girard-Perregaux Competizione collection covers a small portion of GP’s history. The brand has existed since the late 1700s, and has made iconic horological innovations since then. However, the Competizione collection — both the Stradale and Circuito Chronographs — captures the essence of Perregaux well. Beyond innovation, the brand also specializes in engineering precision and accuracy. Because of these, GP has carved a space for itself even in the world of racing and sports. Getting either the Stradale or Circuito reflects these principles, which is what makes them great choices for men of any background to begin with.

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