Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Wired: Plugged in to 2021
Girard-Perregaux is celebrating its 230th anniversary. This year will be punctuated by the launch of its e-commerce platform, featuring the new Laureato Absolute Wired offered as an online exclusive
The story of the Laureato began in 1975. From the outset, this sports watch was always distinctive with its octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet. The styling combined straight edges and curved lines, while the surfaces of the case incorporated both polished and satin-brushed surfaces. The popularity of the model has led Girard-Perregaux to create additional variants.
Patrick Pruniaux, Girard-Perregaux’s Chief Executive Officer , remarked: “Despite turning 230 years old Girard-Perregaux has no intention of remaining stuck in the past. In fact, launching e-commerce is just one of the many moves Girard- Perregaux will make in 2021 that reflects our philosophy of constant improvement and striving to maintain a competitive edge. While we will remain exclusive by way of limited launches and partnerships, catering to our clients in an “inclusive” way is just as important. Indeed, e-commerce helps us do this by augmenting consumer convenience in today’s connected world. It only seems fitting that we offer an ultramodern version of the iconic Laureato to complement this important milestone.”
Laureato Absolute Wired © Girard-Perregaux
Measuring 44mm in diameter, this new chronograph is housed in a Carbon Glass case formed from layers of carbon fibre and fibreglass. Thereafter, the material is milled into the desired shape. The resultant case exhibits a matte, slightly textured finish. The bezel employs the same manufacturing process as the case, however, it is further enriched with electric blue hues which emphasize Girard-Perregaux’s signature octagonal shape.
Carbon Glass is both strong and very light. Indeed, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Wired weighs just 94 grams.
A sandwich-type construction method is used for the dial. It is comprised of an upper layer, perforated with numerous openings, sat upon a lower layer. The apertures in the upper layer afford partial sight of the lower layer.
The upper layer is executed in matte black, while the lower layer is presented in black-or, delivering a subtle contrast and making some dial details, such as the baton-type indexes, appear recessed. This design approach cleverly plays with depth, enriching the overall appearance of the dial. The chronograph is endowed with three snailed registers which sit below the upper dial layer, while a minute track is presented on a flange encircling the dial, thereby aiding readability.
The Laureato Absolute Wired is endowed with a Manufacture movement, the self-winding Calibre GP03300-1058. It is comprised of 419 components, all produced to Girard-Perregaux’s exacting standards.
Laureato Absolute Wired © Girard-Perregaux
In order to optimise wearer comfort, the Laureato Absolute Wired is presented on a black rubber strap featuring a fabric effect motif and incorporating black stitching. Both the case surfaces and strap facets flow into one another, appearing as though they are just one component. The black tones of the case sit in concert with the blue hues of the bezel, while the black chronograph pushers are made of PVD-treated titanium and incorporate a blue border. A specific type of rubber is used for the strap, delivering superior flexibility and strength when compared with traditional rubber. The folding black titanium buckle is equipped with a micro adjustment system which allows the wearer to fine tune the sizing of the strap, thereby granting the optimal wrist fit.
Whenever Girard-Perregaux creates a limited edition, it features an '8' in its number as this is synonymous with good fortune. On this occasion, the Laureato Absolute Wired is limited to just 88 pieces, delivering a notable degree of exclusivity.
Within the first month of the watch going on sale it will be sold exclusively via the new Girard-Perregaux e-commerce platform. This service will initially be available to UK and US-based customers only, with further countries to be added subsequently.
Ever since 1791, Girard-Perregaux has been pursuing its course in the best tradition of Fine Watchmaking. The Maison’s history has been characterised by legendary timepieces that combine cutting-edge design with innovative technology.Find out more >
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