Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Pink Gold & Onyx

A symphony of shapes and sumptuous hues

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Pink Gold & Onyx
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La Chaux-de-Fonds, 30″ June 2022 – When the Laureato was originally launched in 1975, it won the hearts and minds of design afficionados and watch collectors alike. While other contemporary watches have come and gone over the years, only a handful have endured, the Laureato being one of them. Now, the Maison is pleased to unveil a new addition to the Laureato family, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm, a timepiece housed in a pink gold case, paired with a handcrafted black onyx dial and equipped with an in-house mechanical movement.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Pink Gold & Onyx

An enduring design

In terms of design, the 1970s were extraordinary. Creativity imbued a variety of objects with timeless aesthetics and notable functionality. This prowess for design was manifest with the styling of several highly original watches and the era continues to be acknowledged for its visionary approach to design. Indeed, during this era, several prestigious brands released watches encased in steel with integrated bracelets. However, only a few designs from this period have retained their eye appeal despite the onset of years. Launched in 1975, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato remains timeless and continues to elicit covetous thoughts.

From the outset, the design of the Laureato united a number of different shapes to form a distinctive, yet cohesive, look. Each Laureato comprises an octagonal bezel that sits atop a circular ring which in turn is positioned above an angular tonneau-shaped case. But despite having geometric, clean-cut lines, the Laureato also has a gentle character, reminiscent of a smooth rock shaped by nature and devoid of harshness. Throughout the composition there is an exquisite interplay between polished and satin finished surfaces. Both finishes are clearly defined and discrete from one another, thereby optimising the effect. Lastly, the exterior is completed with an integrated bracelet that ergonomically hugs the wearer’s wrist, bestowing a comfortable fit. It is this assemblage of contrasting forms that has led to the Laureato’s unique profile, making it instantly recognisable when viewed from afar.

At the time of its launch in 1975, the inaugural watch was called the ‘Quartz Chronometer’. However, in Italy, the most important market for Girard-Perregaux at the time, the model soon became known among the cognoscenti as the ‘the graduate (Laureato in Italian) of the school of Girard-Perregaux’. This affectionate name served as acknowledgement of the model’s prize-winning success and extraordinary precision. Ultimately, the name was adopted by the Maison. Coincidentally, the octagonal bezel sits atop the case, like a laurel crown sits upon the head of a laureate.

Over the years, subtle changes have been made to the design of the Laureato, but the essence of the original 1975 has always been retained. In 2017, Girard-Perregaux released the fifth generation of the Laureato, a design that has been adopted for the new Laureato 42mm Pink Gold & Onyx.

There are some iconic buildings, cars and items of furniture produced during the 1970s that will always remain timeless exemplars of accomplished design. Girard-Perregaux believes the Laureato, an in-house design, should be considered a worthy member of this exclusive club.

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Swiss know-how

Innovation has always been at the heart of Girard-Perregaux‘s culture ever since it was founded in 1791. During the 1970s, the Swiss brand was at the vanguard of quartz timekeeping, a technology that promised a future of unprecedented precision. In fact, the frequency of 32,768 Hz was set by the Maison and subsequently adopted as the universal standard for quartz watches.

It was perhaps inevitable that the inaugural Laureato of 1975 was equipped with an in-house, OSCcertified quartz movement, the Calibre 705. During this period, most of the traditional Swiss watchmaking industry was in decline, ill-prepared for the shift to battery-powered timepieces.

Quartz watches remain attractive to many clients, however, Girard-Perregaux has also produced in-house mechanical movements for over 230 years, a claim few other watch brands can make. In 1995, as mechanical watchmaking began to enjoy a renaissance, Girard-Perregaux released the Laureato 8010 fitted with an in-house automatic calibre. Today, the Laureato 34mm is fitted with a quartz movement, while all models presented in larger case sizes feature mechanical movements.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Pink Gold & Onyx

A new addition to the family

Now, Girard-Perregaux is pleased to announce the arrival of a new addition to the family, the new Laureato 42mm Pink Gold and Onyx. The case is presented in 18-carat pink gold and upholds the Laureato tradition of juxtaposing polished and satin-finished surfaces throughout. A matching pink gold bracelet provides a fitting means of uniting the watch with its wearer.

The Maison has paired the noble hues of the case with a sumptuous handcrafted black onyx dial. This luxurious material draws on the expertise of time-served craftspeople who shape and polish the material by hand. Creating thin dials from onyx requires no fewer than 15 different operations, however, the resultant surface looks exquisite with its mirror-like appearance. The hands, baton-style indexes and GP logo, positioned at 12 o’clock, are presented in warm golden tones. The marriage of deep black onyx and pink gold accents delivers a becoming contrast, a characteristic linked with the Laureato name.

AS a company synonymous with Haute Horlogerie, it should come as no surprise to learn that the self-winding movement within this particular reference encompasses a myriad of refined details. The main plate is adorned with circular graining, while some components feature bevelling, mirror polishing, satin finish, snailing, sunray finish and various engravings. The bridges are decorated with straight Cétes de Genéve and the pink gold oscillating weight is embellished with circular Cétes de Genéve. Lastly, the movement has a power reserve of at least 54 hours.

Numerous operations are required to complete the Laureato’s in-house movement, including the notably refined and time-consuming finishing. Furthermore, the painstaking craftsmanship also extends to the pink gold case and bracelet. Each step of the manufacturing process is entrusted to highly skilled watchmakers. Dedication, precision and consistency are key to achieving the no-compromise standards synonymous with the Laureato name. Numerous hours are spent on each watch, however, excellence is seldom achieved in haste. While this model is not a ‘limited edition’, it remains limited by virtue of its protracted creation.

The Laureato 42mm Pink Gold and Onyx will go on sale in September and will be available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Pink Gold & Onyx Technical Specifications

Reference: 81010-52-3118-1CC (alligator strap version)
Reference: 81010-52-3118-1CM (pink gold bracelet version)
Retail Price: 42 OOO GBP / 51 800 CHF / 54 300 USD / 54 500 EUR

Movement

  • Reference: GPO1800-1404
  • Self-winding mechanical movement with pink gold oscillating
  • weight
  • Diameter: 30.00 mm (13+””)
  • Height: 3.97 mm
  • Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4Hz)
  • Number of components: 191
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date

Case

  • Material: pink gold, polished and satin finished
  • Diameter: 42.00 mm
  • Height: 10.68 mm
  • Glass: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Case-back: sapphire crystal
  • Dial: polished black onyx, pink gold GP logo, ‘baton’ type pink gold
  • indexes
  • Hands: ‘baton’ type, gold-plated hands
  • Water resistance: 50 metres (5 ATM)

Strap

  • Material: pink gold, polished and satin finished (pink gold
  • bracelet version)
  • Material: black alligator strap (alligator strap version)
  • Buckle: pink gold, triple folding (alligator strap version)

About Girard-Perregaux
Founded in 1791, Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest fine watchmaking manufactures still in operation and is appreciated by those in the know. Indeed, the firm’s history is dotted with exceptional creations that skillfully blend aesthetics and functionality. These models include the iconic Laureato, born in 1975, as well as the legendary Tourbillon ‘With Three Gold Bridges,’ a watch that made the invisible visible, transforming bridges from just a technical element to an integral part of the timepiece – a first in watchmaking. Girard-Perregaux’s place at the vanguard of horological innovation is confirmed by over one hundred recorded patents together with numerous prizes and distinctions. It remains one of the few watchmakers to retain Manufacture status for over two centuries by mastering all the required horological skills in-house and making watches infused with a notable degree of authenticity. While Girard-Perregaux respects its heritage, it continues to look ahead, embracing new technologies, state of the art materials, and fresh takes on iconic shapes.
As of 2022, Girard-Perregaux and sister Maison Ulysse Nardin have formed an independent collective of high horology Manufactures.

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