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An endless summer for Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato
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An endless summer for Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato

Friday, 31 August 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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The new Laureato 38mm and 34mm have arrived in a blaze of be-happy colour. Driven by quartz or mechanical automatic movements, they come in five shades, with the added allure of diamonds on the signature octagonal bezel.

The Laureato is a historical watch in the sense that it asserted a design combining sportiness with a sense of chic back in the 1970s, when elegance had thus far been the predominant factor in women’s watches. There is nothing ordinary about wearing a watch that played such a ground-breaking role. The octagonal bezel is another standout feature. In terms of watch design, round, rectangular and occasionally oval shapes were – and indeed remain – the norm. The octagon is a much rarer phenomenon, especially when inspired by Italian architecture as was the case for the designer who created this highly distinctive bezel for Girard-Perregaux.

Laureato Summer Edition pink © Girard-Perregaux
Laureato Summer Edition pink © Girard-Perregaux

The current Laureato also stems from a wager on the future. It made its grand comeback in 2016 as a limited series in tribute to the 225th anniversary of the Maison. In the wake of this successful edition, Girard-Perregaux decided to give this contemporary watch with its excellent timekeeping precision the place it deserved within its collections. The adventure thus began… all over again. Finally, in its 38mm version, this model proves uniquely capable of jumping the gender barrier. Masculine? Feminine? Who cares? The Laureato is a timepiece with a standout personality and there is definitely no room for doubt about that.

Laureato Summer Edition blue © Girard-Perregaux
Laureato Summer Edition blue © Girard-Perregaux
Laureato 38mm and 34mm Summer Edition

Pastels give way to vibrant and daring shades of blue, purple and yellow. For this model with its generously sized case, Girard-Perregaux opts for a manga-style ultra-colour vibe. The dial with its Clou de Paris hobnail pattern and painted finish strikes a bold contrast with the famous octagonal bezel, which on this model is set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds. The in-house self-winding GP03300 movement drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions, as well as ensuring a 46-hour power reserve. The mainplate is circular grained and adorned with a Côtes de Genève pattern also engraved on the oscillating weight, along with a satin finish, bevelled chamfers and blued screws.

Laureato Summer Edition © Girard-Perregaux
Laureato Summer Edition © Girard-Perregaux

Candy pink or sea green? A tough choice for anyone wishing to express a fresh outlook and an irrepressibly cheerful attitude. The dial of the Laureato 34mm Summer Collection is also beautifully framed by the octagonal bezel set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds. This dynamic model is driven by a high-precision in-house quartz movement, the GP13100, which the Manufacture has endowed with its signature finishes. Available in 38 and 34mm sizes, each model comes in a 75-piece version, fitted with a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap in the same shade as the dial.

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