The Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition is a brand new watch model endowed with a sublime in-house grand feu enamel dial.
In 1969, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Deep Diver, a watch intended for subaquatic use. Its cushion-shaped case was designed accordingly, but its curvaceous form also delivered a high quotient of eye-appeal. Most notable of all was the model’s unique bezel design with 14 facets.
Later in the mid-1970s, the Manufacture launched its steel sports watch Laureato. It featured a fully integrated bracelet and was initially supplied with a quartz movement. Interestingly, the design cleverly played with contrasting shapes. For example, a round dial was framed with an octagonal bezel which sat atop a circular plinth above a tonneau shaped case. The Laureato also introduced a new bezel design featuring eight facets rather than 14.
Over the years, the Laureato has evolved, embracing mechanical movements, different materials and a variety of complications. During Dubai Watch Week in 2021, the Manufacture unveiled a new version of the iconic watch, the Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition.
The composition of this model respects the lasting appeal of the original Laureato design of 1975, but augments its enduring looks with a grand feu enamel dial. This glossy epidermis will never fade with the onset of years and will retain its showroom-fresh appearance indefinitely. The grand feu enamel dials are made in the company’s in-house facility.
Furthermore, Girard-Perregaux has enlivened the surface of the dial with a guilloché sunray motif. This pattern is visible through the translucent enamel surface, heightening the splendour of the dial’s surface. Prospective wearers are indulged with a choice of blue or green dial options.
While the dial epidermis may be very distinctive, other dial elements are reassuringly familiar. Rhodium-plated baton-type hands convey the hours and minutes.
The brand’s initials are positioned at 12 o’clock and, along with the hour markers, are applied to the dial’s surface. The slender central sweep seconds hand features a counterweight emulating the profile of a Girard-Perregaux Gold Bridge. It also spotlights a date display at 3 o’clock with white numerals positioned upon a coloured disc, matching the hue of the main dial.
Upholding the DNA of the 1975 original, the Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition features an integrated bracelet. Each link is presented in polished or satin finished form, conferring a masterful interplay that has always been highly prized by watch aficionados. This marriage of contrasting finishes also extends to the case and bezel, bestowing a sumptuous feel to the composition.
The GP01800 calibre is made at the company’s production facility in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The self-winding movement features a pink gold oscillating weight adorned with circular Côtes de Genève motif. Additional movement refinements include straight Côtes de Genève on the bridges, bevelling, mirror-polished screws, circular graining on the main plate and engraved gilded text, all executed to the company’s no-compromise standards.
The Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition is available in two variants, blue and green. Each option is limited to 188 pieces.