Introducing: The new Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon 43mm


In 2016, to mark its 225th anniversary, Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux re-launched its most iconic timepiece, the Laureato. After the success of the limited-edition anniversary model, the brand has expanded the range with numerous new versions. Equipped with high-end complications, self-winding or quartz movements, available in different sizes and materials, the Laureato collection has never been this extensive or varied. The latest Laureato watch is the Laureato Tourbillon 43mm (ref. 99115-21-431-21A). Sporty and elegant, the new Laureato Tourbillon 43mm establishes the connection between past and present, featuring the instantly recognizable design of the original model from 1975 and the high-tech materials of today. The timepiece is available at the brand’s boutiques and authorized retailers. It is priced at CHF 98,800.

The new Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon 43mm is housed in a titanium case. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and features a transparent sapphire case back. Like the original Laureato, the new model is also defined by its distinctive octagonal bezel, positioned on an integrated case, meaning without lugs or loops. Featuring a perfectly flowing design and wide supple links, the bracelet is a natural extension of the case and an integral design element in its own right. The combination of polished and satin-brushed surfaces creates subtle depth effects and enlivens the timepiece as it plays with light. The bracelet is secured with a triple folding titanium buckle.

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The titanium makes the watch both light and sturdy

Both the case and bracelet are made of titanium, meaning that the watch is both light and sturdy. An embodiment of modern elegance, titanium is intended for daily wear and designed to support the rough and tumble of today’s busy life. For the new model, Girard-Perregaux deliberately chose a smaller 43mm diameter (previous Laureato Tourbillons were 45mm wide). This enables the watch to express a distinctive and dynamic personality, while keeping its timeless, elegant character.

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A perfect choice for daily wear

Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a blue dial decorated with a beautiful Clous de Paris hobnail motif. This traditional decoration lends structure to the dial and creates a pleasing contrast with the sportier baton-type hour markers. Completing the blue theme of the dial are the blued steel hour and minutes hands. Positioned at 6 o’clock is the star of the show – the magnificent tourbillon. Equipped with a lyre-shaped carriage, it is composed of 81 parts and weighs only 0.44 grams! The tourbillon is held by an arrow-shaped bridge – a signature Girard-Perregaux feature. Like the rest of the watch, the bridge is also made of titanium.

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The signature arrow-shaped Bridge is skillfully finished by hand

Ticking inside the new Laureato Tourbillon 43mm is the caliber GP 09510-0003 with 33 jewels. The movement is entirely in-house developed, manufactured, and assembled in the brand’s manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The movement has a self-winding mechanism and offers it in the form of a micro-rotor. It also features beautiful finishes such as chamfering, polishing, Geneva waves and circular graining. The movement itself beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz) and offers a power reserve of approximately 47 hours.

 

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