Celebrating its 230th anniversary, Girard-Perregaux announced the launch of its e-commerce platform, featuring the new Laureato Absolute Wired offered as an online exclusive. This limited edition watch follows the legacy of the iconic Laureato from 1975 while incorporating much high-tech know-how.
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.
The Laureato Absolute Wired is limited to just 88 pieces. 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.
Model: Laureato Absolute “Wired”
Limited and numbered edition of 88 pieces
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
Water resistance: 50 metres (5 ATM)
Matte black, cut out ‘baton’ type indexes with luminescent material
Hands: black-or, ‘baton’ type with luminescent material
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
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Black rubber with a fabric effect, black stitching
Buckle: folding with micro-adjustment system, black PVD-treated titanium
Recommended retail price
CHF 15,700/ USD 17,700/ GBP 11,470