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The Laureato as seen by Bamford
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The Laureato as seen by Bamford

Thursday, 14 January 2021
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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Girard-Perregaux unveils the Laureato Ghost, created in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department. This limited edition of 45 pieces pays tribute to the inaugural version of the Laureato, launched in 1975.

Girard-Perregaux is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Laureato, the iconic timepiece first released in 1975. To mark this occasion, the Manufacture is pleased to unveil the Laureato Ghost, an exclusive limited-edition model, produced in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department. This other worldly watch is housed in white ceramic, a first for both Bamford Watch Department and Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato, perpetuating that timepiece’s instantly recognizable pairing of different forms, juxtaposing a circular case with an octagonal bezel and sleek lines.

Laureato Ghost © Girard-Perregaux
Laureato Ghost © Girard-Perregaux

As George Bamford, the founder of Bamford Watch Department explained, “I am known for my black watches and loving everything black, however, consistent with the other watches I have worked on, I wanted to push boundaries by designing a white watch this time. Whenever I collaborate with another company, I always look to achieve a synergy where both parties create something they probably wouldn’t produce on their own. For example, this is the first time Bamford Watch Department has encased a watch in white ceramic, also a first on the Laureato for Girard-Perregaux. I liked the idea of an ethereal, ghost-like character for the watch, hence its name. Adding black accents to the dial resulted in a striking unisex watch, a fitting tribute to 45 years of the Laureato.”

George Bamford, founder of the Bamford Watch Department
George Bamford, founder of the Bamford Watch Department

The Laureato Ghost can be specified with a white calf strap or a white ceramic bracelet. On the reverse of the watch, the caseback is engraved with the text ‘One of 45’ and ‘Laureato 45th Anniversary’, reaffirming the rarity of this collaboration. The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Ghost is limited to 45 pieces.

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