Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 pays homage to the iconic Laureato timepiece which was introduced back in 1975. This updated edition is more luxurious than its predecessors and comes in a thinner body, but surely plays on the 1970s trend. With this newcomer, Girard-Perregaux is also preparing to celebrate its 225th anniversary.
Laureato 2016 edition is housed in a stainless steel case which is smaller and thinner than before since it measures 41mm in diameter and 10.10mm in thickness. The tonneau-shaped case incorporates the well-known hexagonal bezel and it comes with an integrated bracelet which starts far away with lugs directly integrated to the case. Its satin-finished case is domed with glare-proof and scratch-resistant sapphire crystals and features polished angles and polished intermediate links on the bracelet which show the typical H-links.
From the rear, there is a see-through case back which reveals the inner beauty of the GP03300-0030 mechanical movement with automatic winding. The back view offers a look at the circular Geneva stripes and polished bevelled angles. The impeccable movement is built on 27 jewels, oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and offers 46 hours of power reserve. The movement breathes life into indicators for hours, minutes, central seconds, and a date. A small date display is traditionally located at the 3 o’clock position.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies the uncluttered dial stamped with a Clou de Paris small checkerboard pattern. This is the same pattern which was used for the very first Laureato from 1975. The dial also features baton-shaped hands which are embellished with a hint of luminescent substance for the best visibility under low lightening conditions.
The Swiss watchmaking company offers two version of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 watch. There is a choice between model which comes with a navy blue dial (the referent number is 81000-11-431-11A) and a variant that matches a white gray dial (ref. 81000-11-131-11A).
As honorable nod to the brand’s heritage, the watch will be issued in the limited series of 225 specimens to match the 225th anniversary of Girard-Perregaux.