It’s the season for SIHH 2019 unveilings as we begin to close in on the haute horlogerie event. For this year’s edition Girard-Perregaux is extending their “Laureato” collection. What began as a luxury sports watch in the 1970’s has grown and seems to have matured as it would through several variation, which have now led to this new limited edition “Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar”.
This timepiece has been a best-seller for the GP brand is already available in a wide array of models, since its inception back in 1975 and updated re-introduction that began in Baselworld 2016 (as you can read about here). Among the most impressive options available in current production of the “Laureato” is a: 3-hand, chronograph, tourbillon, skeleton and even a full ceramic version. The “Girard-Perregaux Laureato Ceramic” (Ref#: 81010-32-631-32A) was a very impressive all ceramic feat for Girard-Perregaux, which we review in-depth as you can read more about here.
The 42mm case is made of stainless-steel with a mixture of brushed and polished finish. It has a transparent exhibition case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is its iconically defining octagonal bezel, which has made the “Laureato” model stand out among other watches since it debuted in the 1970’s. All topped by a sapphire crystal with antiglare treatment on both sides, which also assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a navy blue dial stamped with a “Clou de Paris” small checkerboard pattern, hobnail style, just like their original model featured back in 1975. It comes equipped with baton hands and hour appliqués index markers, all made of blued steel and fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
There is an asymmetrical calendar spread around the dial in different sections: a date sub-dial is positioned between the 1 and 3 o’clock; a day of the week sub-dial is aligned at the 9 o’clock position; and a wide cut-out aperture running from 4 to 7 o’clock the months. The 5 o’clock hour index marker has been highlighted in red to point out the current month. There is also a small four-quarter circle above the month aperture, which indicates the “leap” or “non-leap” status of the year.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar
The “Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar” (Ref#: 81035-11431-11A) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber GP01800-0033 with 46 jewels, 435 components and 28,800 Vph. Equipped with a steel oscillating wheel and decorated with circular graining and beveling Côtes de Genève. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 46 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a triple-folding steel buckle. This timepiece will officially be introduced at SIHH, but for more up to dated information visit the official Girard-Perregaux website here.
MSRP: CHF 34,500 – Approximately $34,610.00 USD
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