Two years ago, Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato made its return to their collection family. At SIHH 2017, they followed on from 2016’s reintroduction with an expanded range, which included pieces in 34mm, 38mm, 42mm and 45mm, in stainless steel, pink gold, white gold, and titanium. We talked a bit about these releases, as well as mentioning our pick for last year, at this link.
At the SIHH 2018 came the launch of the natural progression – a new Laureto Chronograph. As was the case last year, the new chronograph comes in a myriad of forms; stainless steel or pink gold in 38mm or 42mm and the choice of three dials – silver, black, or dark blue Clou de Paris hobnail. Today, we are sharing two of the stainless steel versions with you.
The sub dials all feature a snailed finish that provides contrast with the hobnail; this, and the contrasting colours, were chosen to aid readability.
The familiar polished octagonal bezel of the Laureato is still here, as is the AR-coated sapphire crystal on the front, which is matched by a sapphire display case back. The stainless steel models have a 100m water resistance and the rose gold models, 50m.
Inside is an automatic Girard-Perregaux caliber GP03300 with 63 jewels, 28,800VPH, and a power reserve of 46 hours. The movement features Côtes de Genève finishing, chamfering and straight graining.
The versions we photographed are on a steel bracelet with a triple folding steel buckle, but it is also possible to get it on a leather strap with an additional rubber strap. The bracelet has wide satin-brushed H-shaped links as well as domed and polished interlink elements.
There seems to be a ‘natural order of things’ for big watch brands in particular, when it comes to model/ function progression after the release of time-only models, so we shall no doubt have some additional complications coming in the Laureato range in the not too distant future.
To give you an idea about pricing, the Laureato 38 Chronograph Stainless Steel ‘Silver Panda’ on bracelet has an RRP of 14,000 EUR, and the Laureato 42 Chronograph Stainless Steel ‘Silver Panda’ on bracelet has an RRP of 14,700 EUR. The rose gold one below, will set you back 30,100 CHF.
As a slight final segue, it always interesting to hear what (if any) ‘key words’ each brand uses each year. For 2018, Girard-Perregaux’s at the SIHH were ‘history’, ‘refinement’ and ‘aspiration’, as well as talk of an ‘experience’ theme, and (for the more complicated models), notions of ‘technology’, ‘audacity’, and ‘modernity’.