Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic & Laureato 34 mm Royalty


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Girard-Perregaux has recently updated its most iconic watch with two new models: the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic and the Laureato 34 mm Royalty. Made for him and her respectively, the latest models add new exciting elements to the range, shaking up the design codes of traditional watchmaking.

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic (ref. 81015-32-001-32A) features a case and bracelet made of black ceramic. Both strong and lightweight, ceramic is virtually scratch-proof and very comfortable on the skin. Although the material is extremely hard to shape, Girard-Perregaux decided to make the case, as well as the octagonal bezel and bracelet links from one solid block of ceramic. The all-black surfaces are alternately polished and satin-brushed. This play on textures adds light, softening the darkness of the watch. Another feature that adds light is the entirely skeletonized movement. The transparency of the movement is even more emphasized by the beautifully skeletonized oscillating rotor. Visible from the back of the case, it is carved from a block of 18K pink gold. Hand-crafted by the highly skilled artisans Girard-Perregaux, the curves of the skeleton caliber are decorated with chamfering that highlights their edges. The rest of the movement’s surface features a black PVD treatment that matches the color of the case and bracelet.

Measuring 42mm, the new Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic is water resistant to 100 meters. Both a sports watch and  formal watch, the timepiece is powered by the self-winding caliber GP01800-0006 with 26 jewels. Visible from both sides of the case, the movement drives hours, minutes, and small seconds indications (10 o’clock). The caliber GP01800-0006 beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 54 hours.

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The movement can be seen through both sides of the case

 

The second Girard-Perregaux novelty is the Laureato 34 mm Royalty. Charming and elegant, this intensely feminine watch comes in two limited editions: one in stainless steel (ref. 80189D11A431-11A, 200 pieces) and the other one in pink gold (ref. 80189D52A434-52A, 100 pieces). Both timepieces are 34mm wide and water resistant to 30 meters. On each version, the signature octagonal bezel is set with 56 diamonds and framed by a polished circle. The stainless steel and pink gold models both have the same blue lacquered dial decorated with a mesmerizing “Clou de Paris” hobnail guillloché motif. Featuring luminous baton type indexes and hands, the dial displays hours, minutes and date at 3 o’clock. The Girard-Perregaux Laureato 34 mm Royalty comes on a beautiful stainless steel/pink gold bracelet featuring alternately polished and satin-brushed links.

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Both watches have the same blue lacquered dial with a “Clou de Paris” hobnail guillloché motif

 

Unlike the men’s model, the Laureato 34 mm Royalty is powered by a quartz movement, the caliber GP013100-0004. Although it’s unusual for a quartz movement to be seen through a sapphire caseback, in this case (no pun intended :) ) there is a good reason for this. The original 1975 Laureato model was equipped with an ultra-precise quartz movement vibrating at a high frequency of 32,768 Hz. The caliber GP013100-0004 is a direct descendant of the one developed by Girard-Perregaux in the 1970’s and which served as an industry benchmark in setting the vibration frequency for a crystal tuning fork.

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The quartz movement is showcased through a sapphire caseback – a nod to the original 1975 Laureato and its quartz movement that set the industry standard for quartz calibers

 

 

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