One of the keys to Girard-Perregaux’s immediate future is Laureato, “a watch that will be fundamental to Girard-Perregaux,” said CEO Antonio Calce at SIHH in Geneva, in January 2017. First introduced in 1974 as a steel sports watch with an octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet, its name, the Italian word for ‘graduate,’ apparently came from when the first COSC certificates came back from the precision-testing institute. They were so good that the directors said, “Wow, the watch has passed with flying colours. It’s a graduate.”
Those years also saw the film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman, screened in Italy as Il Laureato. The other reason for the Italian name is because the Laureato project began in about 1971, and the initial sketches for the new watch were by a Milanese architecture studio. Rather engagingly, no-one at Girard-Perregaux knows who this architect was! So, while the other seminal sports watches of that generation have a name – such as Gérald Genta for Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet – Laureato is to date bereft of the identity of its originator.
Today the Laureato family includes entry-level watches for men and women, and complications such as the Laureato Tourbillon. The Laureato Skeleton is a stunning piece, with a modern architecture that reveals parts of its beating heart, the balance, visible at 12 o’clock, the mainspring at 5.30, and the skeletonized oscillating weight that converts the wearer’s movements into the energy that constantly winds the watch.
The case is 42 mm in diameter and 10.88 mm thick, available in stainless steel or pink gold. Its movement, Calibre GP01800-0006, was designed and built entirely in-house. It has a variable-inertia balance that enables optimum precision regulation. All parts of the skeleton movement are chamfered, with the bright bevels contrasting with the satin-brush surfaces. The movement is self-winding and has a power reserve of 54 hours. See the Girard-Perregaux website for further information.
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