In preparation for this year’s BaselWorld 2016 and the celebration of their 225th anniversary, Girard-Perregaux will be revitalizing its iconic “Laureato” model. Over 40 years since the original release of this timepiece, Girard-Perregaux has decided to honor the legacy of this watch in its own personal history, with a limited edition of 225 pieces.
The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel, featuring a unique bezel shaped slightly in an octagonal and round form. This design may seem similar to the one found on the “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak” and it did precede this Girard-Perregaux. But, still this GP beat the “Patek Phillipe Nautilus” and the “IWC Ingeniuer” to the slim sports watch game, by having issued this “Laureato” in 1975, before either of them. The case has a satined finish and other subtle touches, such as polished angles and polished intermediate links on the bracelet, for aesthetic purposes.
The dial is available in either white grey or navy blue and are both stamped with a “Clou de Paris” small checkerboard pattern, just like the 1975 models used to bear. It features index-markers and baton-shaped hands, just like the early original models did. Though these hands and markers have been slightly embellished with luminescent material. There is a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position and besides that Girard-Perregaux kept it simple. Among the few modern touches this watch has received is the: anti-reflective treatment on the crystal, as well as, the addition of a sapphire crystal on the caseback in order to view this watches movement.
This “Girard-Perregaux Laureato” (Ref#: 81000) is powered by a self-winding mechanical in-house movement, caliber GP03300-0030, with 27 jewels. The power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 46 hours. Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet. This watch is a limited edition of only 225 produced pieces.
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