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Lip GDG 145: some Swiss Made for the frenchies

Le 27 March 2013

Some of you have apparently already heard about it (cf. our Facebook page), but have probably never had the opportunity to try it yet. It is indeed for its 145th birthday that LIP presents a new model this year, a limited edition to 145 numbered copies: unique reinterpretation of its famous watch from the 50s, the General de Gaulle.

The news was too tempting to wait any longer, that’s why we went to the Parisian boutique “Chez Maman this weekend to discover this brand new Lip GDG 145 “all black”. That we also invite you to discover on the brand’s website (http://145.lip.fr/en.html).

This new version cultivates both the elegance of the GDG watch – which we especially like – and a nod to today’s graphic codes  with its matte black ionized plating. An almost unique object which – exceptional fact for Lip now – is equipped with a Swiss Made automatic movement.

Swiss Made movement: PWP1-11

You should know that the GDG is steeped in history since a watch of this type was offered to the General de Gaulle in 1958, hence its name.

Its original design conceived in 1952 by Fred Lip has attracted many personalities, called “the watch of Presidents”, it was also worn by Eisenhower and Bill Clinton.

This GDG Lip 145 anniversary model is a little more positioned in line with historical watches of the brand that have made Lip an absolutely amazing watchmaking house in its time (cf. the famous Lip Blancpain Fifty Fathoms for example).

We can only welcome this ambition and push such initiatives within the current collection.

This GDG 145 watch allows LIP to achieve a certain level of quality with a Swiss made movement (visible through a transparent caseback), a sapphire glass, a stainless steel case waterproof to 100 meters, a genuine crocodile leather strap… all at an affordable price: 799 €.

On the wrist it is neither too big nor too small (41 x 35 mm), time indications (time / date) are quite readable thanks to the black / white contrast created by the hands and date window, and the crocodile strap is comfortable to wear. The dial plays also the card of contrasts, accentuated by the presence of indexes stick with chrome surrounds.

Assembled in the French workshops of the brand, the GDG Lip 145 comes with a matte black wood case with a microfiber fabric and two presentation booklets.

Technical specifications


  • ionized plating steel matte black, size 41 x 35 mm
  • transparent case


  • ionized plating steel with black Lip logo


  • matt black dial index stick embossed chrome surrounds, date at 3H
  • black hands with white luminescent areas
  • indexes as “points” white luminescent


  • Sapphire (scratch-proof)

Bracelet / waterproofing

  • Genuine crocodile leather strap sewn matte black, beige smooth leather lining
  • Clasp stainless steel matte black
  • Water resistance: 100 meters
Automatic movement
  • Swiss Made, PWP1-11 avec 26 rubis doté d’un système anti choc incabloc
  • fréquence 28800/H, 44H de réserve de charge


  • 2 years by Lip watchmakers