Girard-Perregaux is celebrating its 230th anniversary, a milestone most brands are yet to reach. Needless to say, the Manufacture does not intend to let the event go unnoticed. Indeed, this year will be punctuated with several highlights for the company. Firstly, Girard-Perregaux announces the launch of its e-commerce platform, featuring the new Laureato Absolute Wired offered as an online exclusive. This limited-edition timepiece draws upon the company’s vast experience. It respects the legacy of the iconic Laureato from 1975 while incorporating much high-tech know-how.
The story of the Laureato began in 1975. From the outset, this sports watch was always distinctive with its octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet. The styling combined straight edges and curved lines, while the surfaces of the case incorporated both polished and satin-brushed surfaces. Over the years, the popularity of the model has led Girard- Perregaux to create additional variants, but the design codes of the original Laureato continue to live on across its different iterations and its iconic status remains undiminished.
In 2019, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Laureato Absolute, a watch respecting the legacy of the iconic model of 1975 but at the same time evincing a strong and masculine character. Now, Girard-Perregaux is pleased to release the latest chapter in this remarkable story, the Laureato Absolute “Wired”, a futuristic design that upholds the brand’s reputation for no-compromise craftsmanship.
Patrick Pruniaux, Girard-Perregaux’s Chief Executive Officer, remarked: “Despite turning 230 years old Girard-Perregaux has no intention of remaining stuck in the past. In fact, launching e-commerce is just one of the many moves Girard- Perregaux will make in 2021 that reflects our philosophy of constant improvement and striving to maintain a competitive edge. While we will remain exclusive by way of limited launches and partnerships, catering to our clients in an “inclusive” way is just as important. Indeed, e-commerce helps us do this by augmenting consumer convenience in today’s connected world. It only seems fitting that we offer an ultramodern version of the iconic Laureato to complement this important milestone.”
Measuring 44mm in diameter, this new chronograph is housed in a Carbon Glass case. Formed from layers of carbon fibre and fibreglass which are then subject to high temperatures and pressure, the case material ultimately becomes homogenous. Thereafter, the material is milled into the desired shape. The resultant case exhibits a matte, slightly textured finish. Interestingly, the constituent layers create uneven strata within the material which are randomly aligned, making every watch unique. The bezel employs the same manufacturing process as the case, however, it is further enriched with electric blue hues which emphasize Girard-Perregaux’s signature octagonal shape.
Carbon Glass is both strong and very light. Indeed, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Wired weighs just 94 grams.
A sandwich-type construction method is used for the dial. It is comprised of an upper layer, perforated with numerous openings, sat upon a lower layer. The apertures in the upper layer afford partial sight of the lower layer.
The upper layer is executed in matte black, while the lower layer is presented in black-or, delivering a subtle contrast and making some dial details, such as the baton-type indexes, appear recessed. This design approach cleverly plays with depth, enriching the overall appearance of the dial. The chronograph is endowed with three snailed registers which sit below the upper dial layer, while a minute track is presented on a flange encircling the dial, thereby aiding readability.
The Laureato Absolute Wired is endowed with a Manufacture movement, the self-winding Calibre GP03300-1058. It is comprised of 419 components, all produced to Girard-Perregaux’s exacting standards.