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Girard Perregaux "Royalties"

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Girard Perregaux "Royalty"

The intensely feminine Laureato 34 mm Royalty is a concentrated blend of emotions, distilling fascinating glimpses of Manufacture Girard-Perregaux’ history through the finishing of its quartz movement visible through the transparent caseback. Available in pink gold or steel with a diamond-set bezel, this icon first launched in 1975 renews ties with its past, once again effectively shaking up the design codes of traditional watchmaking.  
Thanks to a subtle chemistry that sometimes continues to elude even the greatest contemporary designers, the Laureato watch belongs more firmly than ever to the circle of timeless legends endowed with an instantly identifiable aesthetic. From its proud past, this jewel that tells the time has earned its pedigree and its undeniable aura of distinction. Its unchanged octagonal bezel, now set with 56 diamonds and framed by a polished circle, serves as the focal point of the 34 mm-diameter case available in steel or satin-brushed pink gold, flowing seamlessly into a beautiful bracelet featuring alternately polished and satin-brushed links. The captivated gaze is then literally mesmerised by the intense lacquered blue dial adorned with a “clous de Paris” hobnail guilloché motif, ensuring that the visual signature of this unique watch remains deeply embedded in the memory.
To accentuate the inherent rarity of this model graced by an inspired design, the Laureato 34 mm is issued in a 200-piece steel limited edition with a gem-set bezel. 
Crystal in the spotlight
The perpetually intense modernity of the Laureato 34 mm Royalty is showcased in a unique manner by opting to reveal part of its Manufacture quartz movement through the transparent sapphire caseback. Initially launched in 1975 with an ultra-precise quartz heart vibrating at an original oscillating frequency (32,768 Hz) that has since become the industry standard, the Laureato was one of the most high-performing wristwatches of its time. Thereby the 9 ¼-ligne (20,80 mm) high-frequency Calibre GP013100-0004 is a direct descendant of the one developed by the Manufacture in the early 1970s and which served as an industry benchmark in setting the vibration frequency for a crystal tuning fork: an essential element in the smooth operation of quartz instruments.  
Proud of its technical contribution and its expertise in the domain of cutting-edge movements, the management of Girard-Perregaux has decided to present this quartz movement developed and produced in the workshops of the Manufacture through a sapphire crystal. Finished with the same meticulous care as a classic mechanical calibre, it will prove entirely satisfactory for demanding women by guaranteeing an accurate display of the time, as well as the date at 3 o’clock, in every situation.

Technical specifications

Laureato 34 mm Royalty
Technical specifications
Material: stainless steel Diameter: 34,00 mm
Thickness: 7,74 mm
Glass: glare proofed sapphire anti-reflective
Case-back: sapphire crystal revealing the meticulously finished quartz calibre
Dial: blue lacquered with “Clou de Paris” hobnail guillloché motif
Hands: “baton” type enhanced with luminescent material
Water resistance: 30 meters (3ATM)
Reference: GP013100-0004, quartz
Diameter: 20,80 mm 91/4‘’’
Thickness: 1,91 mm
Frequency: 32,768 Hz
Number of components: 90
Jewels: 7
Functions: hours, minutes, date
Material: stainless steel alternating mat and polished surfaces
Stainless steel: 80189D11A431-11A Limited Edition: 200

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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