GIRARD-PERREGAUX – LAUREATO SKELETON
Like a contemporary form of architecture in constant evolution, the Laureato Skeleton has a new, subtle and delicate face at each moment.
An icon of the 1970s, the Laureato collection returned to the watchmaking spotlight in late 2016 with some new, more up-to-date versions. This summer, Girard-Perregaux is launching a model freed of some of its decorative elements, the Laureato Skeleton. As its name implies, the dial, encircled by an octagonal bezel, is reduced to its most simple elements. It reveals a superior watchmaking skeleton movement, the GP01800-0006, providing 54 hours of power reserve. The calibre stands out with the presence of a variable inertia balance wheel at 12 o’clock. This handy mechanism optimises the precision of the time indicators while improving the movement’s shock-resistance.
This in-house calibre drives the baton-style hour and minute hands in a setting enhanced by a delicate chamfering of components that are hand-made by the qualified craftsmen at Girard-Perregaux. A small second hand is set at 10 o’clock. Bridges and plates have given way to a large-scale structure. The mechanism is encircled by overhanging, luminous indices. The movement develops like a ballet, with each mechanical arabesque providing a canny blend of structure and light. The case back reveals a rose gold rotor and, like the rest of the watch, has an openwork design.
The 42mm-wide case of the Laureato Skeleton is made of steel or more refined rose gold, and is equipped with a strap alternating polished and satin surfaces, with a folding clasp.
Price: €32,600 (steel version) – €64,000 (rose gold version)
By Dan Diaconu