As some of you might have already noticed, I’ve always been a fan of the Laureato. The pioneering timepiece, easily recognizable by its octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet, became the leader of a new trend for two-toned steel watches when it was first introduced.
Since Girard-Perregaux rebooted the Laureato over a year ago, I have been even more impressed with the line, which has received a more modern update but very much remains true to its original DNA.
Released in time for the 2018 edition of the SIHH – which officially opened its doors yesterday – the Swiss watchmaker has now released a new edition of the classic: a 38 mm version in white ceramic.
While the original was first defined by its two-tone look, this new ladies’ version is comparatively monotone. But that’s not to say that the watch is lacking contrast - we just get it in a different form with this wristwatch.
The polished octagonal bezel fitted on an integrated case is a familiar sight, but the use of ceramics makes the watch comparatively lighter and virtually scratch-proof.
The bracelet is, once again, a natural extension of the case, defined by its wide ceramic and satin-brushed H-shaped links. The material ensures that the watch wears more comfortably than a comparable steel bracelet, while the mix of polished and satin-brushed surfaces creates a subtle visual contrast.
The automatic GP03300-0130 movement on the inside ensures that that chic exterior of the watch is backed up with some proper mechanical watchmaking. The 27-jewel hi-beat movement delivers at least 46 hours of power autonomy.
The Kering Group brand already introduced a blacked-out version of the Laureato in ceramic for men, but this is the first time that the white crystalline material has been used in a ladies’ version of the sporty-chic watch.
Being predominantly a men’s watch up until relatively recently, it’s nice so see Girard-Perregaux broaden the Laureato line with this new timepiece, which is expected to retail somewhere above 16,000 Swiss francs.