Girard-Perregaux is celebrating its 230th anniversary, a milestone most brands are yet to reach. Needless to say, the Manufacture does not intend to let the event go unnoticed. Indeed, this year will be punctuated with several highlights for the company. Firstly, Girard-Perregaux announces the launch of its e-commerce platform, featuring the new Laureato Absolute Wired offered as an online exclusive. This limited-edition timepiece draws upon the company’s vast experience. It respects the legacy of the iconic Laureato from 1975 while incorporating much high-tech know-how.
The story of the Laureato began in 1975. From the outset, this sports watch was always distinctive with its octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet. The styling combined straight edges and curved lines, while the surfaces of the case incorporated both polished and satin-brushed surfaces. Over the years, the popularity of the model has led Girard-Perregaux to create additional variants, but the design codes of the original Laureato continue to live on across its different iterations and its iconic status remains undiminished.
In 2019, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Laureato Absolute, a watch respecting the legacy of the iconic model of 1975 but at the same time evincing a strong and masculine character. Now, Girard-Perregaux is pleased to release the latest chapter in this remarkable story, the Laureato Absolute “Wired”, a futuristic design that upholds the brand’s reputation for no-compromise craftsmanship.
Patrick Pruniaux, Girard Perregaux’s Chief Executive Officer remarked: “Despite turning 230 years old Girard-Perregaux has no intention of remaining stuck in the past. In fact, launching e-commerce is just one of the many moves Girard-Perregaux will make in 2021 that reflects our philosophy of constant improvement and striving to maintain a competitive edge. While we will remain exclusive by way of limited launches and partnerships, catering to our clients in an “inclusive” way is just as important. Indeed, e-commerce helps us do this by augmenting consumer convenience in today’s connected world. It only seems fitting that we offer an ultramodern version of the iconic Laureato to complement this important milestone.”
Measuring 44mm in diameter, this new chronograph is housed in a Carbon Glass case. Formed from layers of carbon fibre and fibreglass which are then subject to high temperatures and pressure, the case material ultimately becomes homogenous. Thereafter, the material is milled into the desired shape. The resultant case exhibits a matte, slightly textured finish. Interestingly, the constituent layers create uneven strata within the material which are randomly aligned, making every watch unique. The bezel employs the same manufacturing process as the case, however, it is further enriched with electric blue hues which emphasize Girard-Perregaux’s signature octagonal shape.
Carbon Glass is both strong and very light. Indeed, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Wired weighs just 94 grams.
A sandwich-type construction method is used for the dial. It is comprised of an upper layer, perforated with numerous openings, sat upon a lower layer. The apertures in the upper layer afford partial sight of the lower layer.
The upper layer is executed in matte black, while the lower layer is presented in black-or, delivering a subtle contrast and making some dial details, such as the baton-type indexes, appear recessed. This design approach cleverly plays with depth, enriching the overall appearance of the dial. The chronograph is endowed with three snailed registers which sit below the upper dial layer, while a minute track is presented on a flange encircling the dial, thereby aiding readability.
The Laureato Absolute Wired is endowed with a Manufacture movement, the self-winding Calibre GP03300-1058. It is comprised of 419 components, all produced to Girard-Perregaux’s exacting standards.
In order to optimise wearer comfort, the Laureato Absolute Wired is presented on a black rubber strap featuring a fabric effect motif and incorporating black stitching. Both the case surfaces and strap facets flow seamlessly into one another, appearing as though they are just one component. The black tones of the case sit in concert with the blue hues of the bezel, while the black chronograph pushers are made of PVD-treated titanium and incorporate a blue border. A specific type of rubber is used for the strap, delivering superior flexibility and strength when compared with traditional rubber. The folding black titanium buckle is equipped with a micro-adjustment system which allows the wearer to fine-tune the sizing of the strap, thereby granting the optimal wrist fit.
Whenever Girard-Perregaux creates a limited edition it is invariably limited to 8, 18, 88, 188 pieces, etc. With few exceptions, the limitation features an ‘8’ in its number as this is synonymous with good fortune. On this occasion, the Laureato Absolute Wired is limited to just 88 pieces, delivering a notable degree of exclusivity.
Within the first month of the watch going on sale it will be sold exclusively via the new Girard Perregaux e-commerce platform, in addition to an array of timepieces from the Manufacture’s core collection. This service will initially be available to UK and US-based customers only, with further countries to be added subsequently.
Founded in 1791, Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest fine watchmaking manufactures still in operation. This year, the company celebrates its 230th anniversary, a fitting testament to the brand’s watchmaking expertise, appreciated by those “in the know”. Indeed, the firm’s history is dotted with exceptional creations that skilfully 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.
Girard-Perregaux is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in luxury apparel.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Wired Technical Specifications and Price
- hours, minutes, small seconds,
- Reference: GP03300-1058
- Self-winding mechanical movement
- Diameter: 25,50 mm (111/2’’’)
- Height: 6.50 mm
- Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
- Number of components: 419
- Number of jewels: 63
- Power reserve: min. 46 hours
- Material: black Carbon Glass case, blue Carbon Glass bezel
- Diameter: 44.00 mm
- Height: 15.15 mm
- Glass: anti-reflective sapphire
- Chronograph pushers: black PVD-treated titanium with blue border
- Crown: black PVD-treated titanium
- Case-back: black Carbon Glass secured by 6 screws, engraved Laureato Absolute logo
- Dial: matte black, cut out ‘baton’ type indexes with luminescent material
- Hands: black-or, ‘baton’ type with luminescent material
- Water resistance: 50 metres (5 ATM)
Strap & Buckle
- Material: black rubber with a fabric effect, black stitching
- Buckle: folding with micro-adjustment system, black PVD-treated titanium
- Swiss World price: CHF 15,700
- US World Price: USD 17,700
- UK World Price: GBP 11,470
Limited and numbered edition of 88 pieces