Girard-Perregaux Is A Contemporary Classic
One can easily recognise a Laureato at first glance. First introduced in the ‘70s, the timepiece’s signature octagon bezel and its seamless connection to its bracelet made it one of the must-have luxury sport watches of its time. The Laureato continued to take space in collection boxes of watch connoisseurs as it saw numerous iterations through the years, before taking a long hiatus. The iconic design has recently returned to the spotlight, better than ever, and comes out even stronger with the Laureato Absolute collection.
The collection consists of three timepieces, that each sport a black and blue colourway with white accents for a sleek yet modern look that ties in with Girard-Perragaux’s “Earth to Sky” theme for the year. They now have a broader 44mm diameter face, a black PVD-treated titanium case, as well as a fully-integrated rubber strap. Each watch in the collection also has a power reserve of 46 hours and is water-resistant for up to 300 metres, allowing it to withstand the demands of an active lifestyle.
While the Laureato Absolute is as straightforward as a watch can get, it is the only timepiece in the collection that sports a red seconds hand to symbolise strength and energy. The beauty in its simplicity celebrates the classic design while lending it a contemporary feel that’s fit for today. The Laureato Absolute Chronograph, on the other hand, embodies the sportiness of this watch series. It has three subdials and new angled pushers that prove to simultaneously be functional and aesthetically-pleasing. Not to be missed is the Laureato Absolute WW.TC, which houses one of the Maison’s best known complications: the worldtime movement. It makes its first appearance in this avant-garde model with worldtime, and day and night indicators on its face.
The subtle differences present in the collection proves that one can offer variety without altering the essence of a classic. As Girard-Perregaux explores the cosmos this 2019, one can look forward to sharp designs and new technologies to add to their arsenal of legendary watches—watches like the Laureato Absolute.