A return to its original values, collector

While preparing to celebrate its 225th anniversary, Girard-Perregaux returned to its iconic Laureato and the original design premise.

Backed by the manufacturing arts and micromechanics expertise, the brand is honoring the timepiece with a limted edition of 225 pieces, over 40 years after the first steel Laureato was introduced and as a tribute to its success.

Steel to this day

Watchmakers and lovers of fine watchmaking have always appreciated the properties of steel and it is making a strong comeback as it is invariably associated with the sporty watch design. Once again there is the well-known hexagonal bezel and the understated seamless integration of the exible bracelet, but this time a clasp has been added as well as a subtle interplay between polished and satin-brushed finishing.

The 41 mm diameter returns the watch to reasonable standards after allowing itself a momentary foray into the XXL era. The baton-shaped hands come from the original model and have been embellished with a hint of luminescent material while the dial (sometimes white gray sometimes navy blue) is stamped with a Clou de Paris small checkerboard pattern like the first 1975 models. The date appears at 3 o’clock. Among the inconspicuous signs that this is a modern edition is an anti-reflective treatment on the crystal and the addition of a sapphire crystal on the back.

The quintessentiel enduring three date hands

As with any fine watchmaking brand, the Laureato features a Manufacture movement : the GP033000030. This 27-jewel self-winding mechanical movement with awless finishing is equipped with an oscillating weight that can be viewed through the case back. It has a frequency of 28”800 vibrations per hour and a 46-hour power reserve.

Post-vintage : new trend

Backed by 225 years of history, Girard-Perregaux guards its expertise and centuries-old craftsmanship. Internally, it is preserving the treasures of its legacy and the museum is poised to reopen in la Chaux-de-Fonds.

Exploring the timepieces on display at the museum reveals a journey marked by impassioned artistry and boldness and displays a collection that has become timeless while capturing the spirit of founder watchmaker Jean-françois Bautte in 1791.

Created in 1975 and faithfully re-released for the 225th anniversary, the Laureato joins this hall of fame of iconic models.