Girard-Perregaux unveils the new Laureato Absolute Light & Shade, a new watch with a 44 mm diameter case made from metallised sapphire crystal.
This new model draws on the Maison’s amassed watchmaking know-how and employs its vast expertise working with innovative materials.
The new Laureato Absolute Light & Shade watch reveals the movement to glorious effect courtesy of the sapphire crystal case. The mainplate of the in-house movement, the Calibre GP01800-1143, is octagonal-shaped, evoking the Laureato’s famous bezel.
The skeletonised movement reveals a plethora of parts normally hidden from view. The barrel is open-worked, affording sight of the mainspring. Likewise, the balance wheel can be seen oscillating to-and-fro.
The open-worked gold oscillating weight allows the wearer to admire the bridges underneath. The NAC-treated bridges and mainplate incorporate haute-horlogerie details like sandblasting, traits-tirés, circular satin finishing and bevelling, with no less than 55 hand-polished inner angles.
The Calibre GP01800-1143 is fitted with a variable-inertia balance. Most watches feature an index regulator which alters the effective length of the hairspring, making the watch run faster or slower. With a variable-inertia balance, the length of the hairspring is fixed and the rate is altered by adjusting the inertia weights fitted to the spokes of the balance wheel. This system delivers greater stability as well as superior shock resistance.
Bold and elegant, open-worked hour and minute hands ensure excellent readability. The three-dimensional ring placed between the bezel and the movement features the GP logo at 12 o’clock and the remaining 11 indexes.
Girard-Perregaux has employed a unique construction method, obviating the need for a conventional casing ring. The case and the movement are assembled on a single axis, from the caseback to the bezel, by a very specific screw system.
Two black, PVD-treated titanium lugs are integrated within the case, uniting the watch head with a black FKM rubber strap with a fabric effect façade. The lugs incorporate satin-finished surfaces with polished angles. The buckle is fitted with a micro-adjustment system, allowing the wearer to fine-tune the union between the strap and their wrist.
The crown is made of polished and sandblasted PVD-treated titanium, echoing the appearance of the lugs.
Model: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Light & Shade
Material: metallised sapphire crystal with black PVD-treated titanium
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height: 11.56 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Dial: 3D ring with polished trapezoid indexes
Hands: skeletonised, rhodium-plated with luminescent material
Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)
Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 30.00 mm (131/4’’’)
Height: 4.16 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4Hz)
Number of components: 172
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: min. 54 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Material: black rubber with a fabric effect, black stitching
Buckle: black PVD-treated titanium, folding with micro-adjustment system
Suggested Retail Price
GBP 77,000 / CHF 95,000 / USD 99,600