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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Innovative Watch Making - The Watch - Slot - Machine

Girard-Perregaux's "Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon" featuring a working slot machine will retail for $625,000 at Wynn and Co. Jewelry in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas—Luxury watch brands and the Las Vegas set have become a staunch pair over the last few years, with companies such as Corum sponsoring pro poker players and watch designers whipping up a flurry of timepieces marked with poker chip- and playing card-inspired insignias.

And now, another Swiss watch brand, Girard-Perregaux, has taken a cue from the casinos, designing the first-ever timepiece to combine a tourbillon with a working slot machine.

The brand's "Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon" features a handle on the right side of the case, which, when pulled, allows three reels at the top of the dial to spin. A striking mechanism allows the watch to chime every time a reel stops.

The ultimate gift for the gambling aficionado, the timepiece comes encased in a black lacquer box that stands about 18 inches tall and 14 inches wide. The box's two doors open to reveal a red-velvet lining and a light that beams down upon the watch. On the inside of each door is a holding place for an included set of playing cards, and a drawer at the bottom of the box contains custom Girard-Perregaux dice and poker chips.

The first Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon is available exclusively at Wynn and Co. Jewelry located within the Wynn Las Vegas. It will retail there for $625,000.

"Wynn provides the perfect atmosphere for our brand as they specialize in providing exclusivity for their guests, just as Girard-Perregaux does for our customers," Ron Jackson, president and chief executive officer of Girard-Perregaux North American distributor Tradema of America, said in a statement. "Wynn and Co. Jewelry is the perfect retailer to introduce this innovative piece as it caters to the watch enthusiast and is among some of the finest luxury retailers."

Girard-Perregaux plans to manufacture only 39 more of the timepiece to be distributed worldwide over the next four years.

For more information about Girard-Perregaux, visit the company's Web site, Girard-perregaux.ch.

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