girard perregaux - Laureato 42 mm Ceramic
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girard perregaux - Laureato 42 mm Ceramic

Laureato 42 mm Ceramic

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The new ceramic-clad Laureato

For the first time in its history, the Laureato is welcoming a new version entirely clothed in black ceramic, the Laureato 42 mm Ceramic. Girard-Perregaux is thereby introducing its emblematic model to the rich world of this material. Thus attired, the iconic Girard-Perregaux casual chic watch takes a walk on the dark side, but only to further enhance its charisma and its strong presence. In donning a ceramic mantle in the darkest shade of all, the Laureato once again displays the strength and relevance of its design, capable of multiple mutations through time in terms of both size and materials.

Presence

The Laureato has a personality all its own. Its genetic code drives evolutions in various details of its appearance, while never distorting its essence. The Laureato is defined by a polished octagonal bezel fitted on an integrated case, meaning with no lugs or loops. The use of ceramic further accentuates its ergonomic qualities. This noble technical material is at once light, scratch-resistant and extremely well tolerated by the skin.

As a horological icon, Laureato continues playing with contemporary codes. This architectural watch adopts this new material like a natural extension of its nature. It absorbs the structural and ergonomic benefits of ceramic and applies them to the service of wearer comfort. The absolute fashion colour and a must-have for professional watches, black suits the Laureato as if were born that way…

Charisma

The Laureato 42 mm Ceramic in its black livery explores whole new fields of expression. More understated or technical depending on its interpretations, it draws upon the infinite possibilities afforded by black. The bracelet of this model is a natural extension of the case and as such represents an inherent design element in its own right. It is distinguished by its wide shaped satin-brushed links and by its domed and polished interlink elements, entirely made of black ceramic.

The interplay of polished and satin-brushed surfaces creates fascinating depth effects and enlivens the watch even when it such a deep shade of black. The exceptionally supple braceletmakes the Laureato 42 mm Ceramic perfectly comfortable on any type of wrist.

Girard-Perregaux thus provides a reminder that sporting chic is not merely an expression or an empty phrase. The Laureato is a sports watch and a chic watch in equal measure. This versatile and enduring horological work of art is a true icon.

Technical specifications

Laureato 42 mm Ceramic Technical specifications

Case

Material: black ceramic

Diameter: 42.00 mm

Thickness: 10.90 mm

Crystal: glareproofed sapphire

Caseback: smoky sapphire

Dial: black with “Clou de Paris” hobnail motif

Hands:  baton-type, enhanced with luminescent material

Water resistance: 100 metres (10 ATM, 10 bar)

Movement

Reference: GP01800-0025, mechanical self-winding

Diameter: 30.00 mm (13’’’) 

Thickness: 3.97 mm

Frequency: 28,800 vph. (4 Hz)

Number of components: 191

Jewels: 28

Power reserve: 54 hours

Functions: hours, minutes, centre seconds, date

Bracelet

Black ceramic, polished and satin-brushed finishing, ceramic triple-blade folding clasp

Reference 81010-32-631-32A

Who's who

When you ask Laurent Picciotto about the reason for his long-standing partnership with Girard-Perregaux, he’s likely to take some time to weigh his words; there are so many good reasons for working with ‘GP’ that he needs to be sure of highlighting the right one – the one that would endure even if all the others were no more. He finally chooses to illustrate this, the reason, with an occurrence over twenty years ago somewhere in the midst of BaselWorld. “It was in 1991,” recalls Picciotto. “I was doing my rounds of the exhibition, and suddenly came to a halt in front of the tourbillon with three gold bridges. I went into the stand and asked them for a case containing three numbered timepieces, one for each type of finish. This outstanding box set, sold a few months later to one of my clients with a collection of over one thousand watches, remains for me the defining moment of all my work with Girard-Perregaux”. What emerges is that the key reason for this work together is the brand’s ability to offer exceptional timepieces that take everyone by surprise – whilst seemingly blending in flawlessly with the traditions of haute horlogerie. And so, over the years, the production of limited editions – and sometimes even unique items for Chronopassion – has become a regular feature of the two big names’ collaboration. Most of the brand’s collectors became aware that in rue Saint Honoré, they could winkle out timepieces they would never see anywhere else. A friendship was formed between the two owners, Luigi Macaluso and Laurent Picciotto, which lasted right up until Luigi’s death in 2010. For Laurent Picciotto, the history of Girard-Perregaux is rooted in haute horlogerie; he’s particularly impressed with the complications in which the brand specialises. “The tourbillon is one of Girard-Perregaux’ strengths,” he says. “Twenty years ago, it was a characteristic that really made a watch stand out. There weren’t many on the market – it was a far cry from the extensive offer that can be found these days.” Picciotto’s expectation today is that Girard-Perregaux plays to some other defining characteristic of the world of watchmaking – the stuff that great manufactures are made of. “It’s an institutional brand that commands respect and sobriety,” he adds. “This kind of brand has a duty to anticipate and surprise people. Girard-Perregaux has done so on a number of occasions and will do so again.” Keep your eyes open – “GP” could well show up just where you’re not expecting it.
 
Journalist : Olivier Müller (11/2012)
 
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