Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Laureato 42

From Girard-Perregaux -
Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
I appreciate that there is a tribe out there that believes quite flatly that if you're not wearing a Royal Oak or a Nautilus, you are a pretender.

So while it is true that the Royal Oak came first, and was designed by Gerald Genta, I think in many ways the story of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato has a bit more of an intriguing past. If my understanding is correct, the original was in fact - quartz, as GP was one of the few Swiss brands to actually take the new technology seriously. It was also not the result of a famous designer but rather, the work of a (as far as anyone knows) anonymous Milan (that's Italy, not Ohio) based architect.  

Unfortunately, not unlike Girard-Perregaux itself, the Laureato has gone through more than a few twists and turns, some more unfortunate than others.  But it does seem that finally, just maybe, GP has settled on a design vocabulary for this collection, one that they will follow for more than just the next "season" or until the next CEO moves in. Here's hoping!

The pertinents for this one are as follows -

Material: Steel
Diameter: 42,00 mm
Height: 10.88 mm
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Dial: Blue with "Clou de Paris" pattern
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Number: GP01800-0013
Type: Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 30.00 mm (13 1/4''')
Height: 3.97 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
Number of components: 191
Jewels: 28
Oscillating weight: Steel
Finishes: Côtes de Genève, circular graining and bevelling
Power reserve: Min. 54 hours
Hours, minutes, centre seconds, date.
Size: 27.00 / 18.00 mm
Material: Steel
Buckle: Triple folding
Buckle material: Steel

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