girard perregaux - LAUREATO SKELETON CERAMIC
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
girard perregaux - LAUREATO SKELETON CERAMIC

LAUREATO SKELETON CERAMIC

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LAUREATO SKELETON CERAMIC

Girard-Perregaux is introducing its emblematic Laureato Skeleton model to the world of ceramics. Thus attired, the iconic Girard-Perregaux casual chic skeleton-worked watch is also establishing itself in the world of black… while preserving the transparent side of its nature. While the Laureato Skeleton is thereby taking a walk on the dark side, solely with a view to further enhancing its charisma and its strong presence, it still allows light to flood through its exceptional openworked movement. The Laureato Skeleton Ceramic thereby once again demonstrates the strength and relevance of the Girard-Perregaux 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 ceramics further accentuates its ergonomic qualities. This noble technical material is at once light, virtually scratchproof and extremely well tolerated by the skin. Its extreme hardness nonetheless makes it a material that is extremely hard to shape, especially when it comes to following the complex volumes of the Laureato. Despite the challenges, Girard-Perregaux chose to carve out the octagonal bezel and the shape of the bracelet links from a solid block of material, as well as to give them the required textures.

As a horological icon, Laureato continues playing with contemporary codes. An architectural watch right the way through to the curves of its eminently visible movement, it adopts this new material like an extension of its inherent 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…

LIGHT

The all-black surfaces of the solid Laureato Skeleton Ceramic are alternately polished and satin-brushed. This play on textures begins on the case and extends to the likewise ceramic bracelet. The new Laureato Skeleton Ceramic is thus not uniformly dark. It continues to play with light thanks to its surface effects, including that of its Clou de Paris hobnail-patterned dial. This mastery of lighting is also a key feature of the movement.

Its entirely skeletonised self-winding calibre is airy yet perfectly robust. It draws its strength from its transparency, which is reinforced by the rotor of the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic. Carved from a block of 18K pink gold, it has been meticulously openworked like the rest of the movement. This component that normally covers what lies beneath it thus allows light to pour through the watch, like a stained glass window, punctuated by the warm detailing provided by the rotor and the balance wheel.

The curves of this skeleton movement are adorned with chamfering that accentuates their edges, hand-crafted by the qualified artisans of the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux. The remaining surface of the movement is given a black PVD treatment matching the colour of the case and bracelet. It sets the perfect finishing touch to the play on contrasts that enlivens the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic.

Charisma

In its black livery, the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic explores whole new fields of expression. More understated and more technical, it draws upon the infinite possibilities afforded by ceramics. Girard-Perregaux thus provides a reminder that sporting chic is not merely an expression or an empty phrase. The Laureato Skeleton Ceramic 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

Technical specifications

Laureato Skeleton Ceramic

 

Case

Material: black ceramic

Diameter: 42.00 mm

Height: 10.93 mm

Glass: sapphire double anti-reflective

Caseback: sapphire crystal

Dial: ring displaying suspended indexes

Hands:  baton-type, enhanced with luminescent material

Water resistance: 100 meters (10 ATM)

 

Movement

Reference: GP01800-0006, mechanical with automatic winding

Diameter: 29.90 mm (13 ¼’’’)

Height: 4.16 mm

Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h - 4 Hz

Number of components: 173

Jewels: 25

Power reserve: min. 54 hours

Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 10 o’clock

 

Bracelet

Material: black ceramic

 

Reference

81015-32-001-32A

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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