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Girard-Perregaux Laureato and Cat's Eye Eternity Edition

An eternal charm and a beauty that never fades

Cat's Eye Eternity Edition 

As Girard-Perregaux celebrates its 230th anniversary, it has looked to its past and created a new model, the Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition. Equipped with a grand feu enamel dial, this latest model is destined to retain its fresh-faced looks for many years to come.

In 1889, Girard-Perregaux received a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition for its horological masterpiece, the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. While previous pocket watches featured three parallel nickel silver bridges, this model was endowed with a triumvirate of exquisitely shaped gold plates. Each bridge was arrowshaped, a design patented a few years earlier in the United States of America (1884). While the bridges had a functional purpose, the Maison also made them an aesthetic element. This combination of functionality and style would become a fundamental pillar of the Girard-Perregaux brand.

Not only did the ‘Three Gold Bridges’ exude luxury with their noble composition, their form encompassed numerous shapes. After the unveiling of the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, Girard-Perregaux produced numerous round watches, however, it would also go on to play with a multitude of shapes beyond the ubiquitous circular form. Indeed, the inaugural version of the Laureato (1975) featured a round dial framed with an octagonal bezel which sat atop a circular plinth above a tonneau shape case.

In 2004, the Manufacture released a new creation, the Cat’s Eye collection. Housed in a distinctive oval-shaped case, the model upheld the Maison’s predilection for non-standard forms. Designed from the outset to be a feminine creation, the watch won the Ladies prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).

Close examination of the case reveals a gracefully arcing lugs and a cambered sapphire crystal. The numerous curves coax light, imbuing some contours with a brilliant glow while leaving other areas in darkness, quiet and reflective.

Over the years, Girard-Perregaux has produced several variants of the Cat’s Eye, some featuring complications, most adorned with gems, but all housed in an exquisite oval case. Now, the Manufacture is pleased to unveil the Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition. Its name makes reference to the grand feu enamel dial and its capacity to retain a showroom-fresh appearance forever. No fading or cracking, just an extraordinary beauty that never fades.

Laureato and Cat's Eye Eternity Edition

Cat's Eye Eternity Edition © Girard-Perregaux

Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, remarks, “This year, Girard-Perregaux is celebrating its 230th anniversary. Whenever we peruse our archives, we are reminded that we have a responsibility to uphold the legacy of former watchmakers, craftspeople and artisans. These skills, which our company holds dear, should never be forgotten. With our Eternity Editions, our aim was to produce a limited number of watches that would showcase our expertise for the enjoyment of generations to come. We sought to create watches that will still look incredible in decades to come, hence we endowed these models with grand feu enamel dials, produced in our in-house facility. These dials won’t fade with the passage of time. Their beauty will remain eternal, destined to be enjoyed by those in the future.”

The grand feu enamel dials are made in the company’s in-house facility. The enamel comprises a mixture of silica, minium, potash and soda which are ground into a powder. Additional metal oxides are then added to create different coloured enamels. The powder is dusted onto the dial and then fired in an oven that typically operates at about 800°C. This process is repeated on 5-10 occasions to achieve the desired lustrous appearance. Grand feu enamelling takes much expertise to master, however, even with experience the repeated firings can still result in cracks appearing, air bubbles and colour imperfections. Inevitably, many dials fail to pass muster and are discarded. However, the main benefit of this protracted process is that the flawless grand feu enamel dials will retain their colour forever, promising an eternal joy.

The oval dial is adorned with a guilloché sunray motif that is visible through the blue translucent enamel surface, heightening the splendour of the dial’s surface.

Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands enunciate the time with notable grace. The brand’s initials are positioned at 12 o’clock and, along with the four hour markers, are applied to the dial’s surface while the others are decals. Purists will note the date display at 3 o’clock features white numerals positioned upon a coloured disc, matching the hue of the main dial as horological etiquette dictates.

Housed in a steel case, set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.85 ct), this latest model measures 35.40 x 30.40mm. The height of the case is a modest 9.10mm, ensuring the watch sits close to the wrist without projecting unduly.

Since the outset, the Cat’s Eye has always combined feminine design with mechanical finesse and, this latest version, the Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition, proves no exception. The self-winding movement, the GP03300-1739 calibre, is made at the company’s production facility in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It features a flower-shaped oscillating weight which is made from pink gold and is beautifully appointed with fine decorative finishes. Additional movement refinements include straight Côtes de Genève on the bridges, bevelling, blued screws, circular graining on the main plate and engraved gilded text, all executed to the company’s exalted standards.

The Cat’s Eye Eternity Edition is limited to 88 pieces. It will be sold exclusively by Seddiqi during December 2021. Thereafter, the model will be available in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers and on the brand’s e-commerce site. 

Laureato Eternity Edition

Released in 1975, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato has enjoyed huge commercialsuccess and is now widely considered an icon among watch aficionados. Now, the Manufacture is pleased to unveil the Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition, a model endowed with a sublime in-house grand feu enamel dial. The composition of this lustrous epidermis will never fade or lose its showroom-fresh appearance. Indeed, consistent with the Laureato ethos, this latest model is destined to deliver an eternal charm that will never diminish.

In 1969, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Deep Diver, a watch intended for subaquatic use. Its cushion-shaped case was designed accordingly, but its curvaceous form also delivered a high quotient of eye-appeal. Most notable of all was the model’s unique bezel design. This design element transformed an essentially functional watch into an object of beauty. The bezel’s 14 facets played with light, twinkling like a brilliant cut diamond. While divers’ watches were often utilitarian objects, the Deep Diver also proved aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Later in the mid-1970s, the steel sports watch was all the rage, including the Laureato, released in 1975. It featured a fully integrated bracelet and was initially supplied with a quartz movement, cutting edge know-how for the time. Interestingly, the design cleverly played with contrasting shapes. For example, a round dial was framed with an octagonal bezel which sat atop a circular plinth above a tonneau shaped case. This courageous play with shapes was vindicated by the wonderfully cohesive appearance of the model. The design team involved in conceiving the Laureato shrewdly chose to return to the bezel design of the Deep Diver, albeit on this occasion they endowed the bezel with eight facets rather than 14. However, the interplay with light proved equally impressive.

Laureato and Cat's Eye Eternity Edition

Laureato Eternity Edition © Girard-Perregaux

Over the years, the Laureato has evolved, embracing mechanical movements, different materials and a variety of complications. Indeed, while Girard-Perregaux has stayed true to the original design of 1975, it has never shied away from innovation.

Now, the Manufacture is pleased to unveil a new version of the iconic watch, the Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition. The composition of this model respects the lasting appeal of the original Laureato design of 1975, but augments its enduring looks with a grand feu enamel dial. This glossy epidermis will never fade with the onset of years and will retain its showroom-fresh appearance indefinitely.

Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, remarks, “This year, Girard-Perregaux is celebrating its 230th anniversary. Whenever we peruse our archives we are reminded that we have a responsibility to uphold the legacy of former watchmakers, craftspeople and artisans. The skills our company holds dear, should never be forgotten. With our Eternity Editions, much like the Infinity Editions that preceded them in 2020, we wanted to produce a limited number of watches that showcase our expertise for the enjoyment of generations to come. We wanted to produce watches that would still look incredible in the decades to come, hence we endowed these models with grand feu enamel dials, produced in our in-house facility. These dials won’t fade with the passage of time. Their beauty will remain eternal, destined to be enjoyed by those in the future.”

The grand feu enamel dials are made in the company’s in-house facility. The enamel comprises a mixture of silica, minium, potash and soda which are ground into a powder. Additional metal oxides are then added to create different coloured enamels. The powder is dusted onto the dial and then fired in an oven that typically operates at about 800°C. This process is repeated on 5-10 occasions to achieve the desired lustrous appearance. grand feu enamelling takes much expertise to master, however, even with experience the repeated firings can still result in cracks appearing, air bubbles and colour imperfections. Inevitably, many dials fail to pass muster and are discarded. However, the main benefit of this protracted process is that flawless grand feu enamel dials retain their colour forever, promising an eternal joy.

Laureato and Cat's Eye Eternity Edition

Laureato Eternity Edition © Girard-Perregaux

Furthermore, Girard-Perregaux has enlivened the surface of the dial with a guilloché sunray motif. This pattern is visible through the translucent enamel surface, heightening the splendour of the dial’s surface. Prospective wearers are indulged with a choice of blue or green dial options.

While the dial epidermis may be very distinctive, other dial elements are reassuringly familiar. Rhodium-plated baton-type hands convey the hours and minutes. The brand’s initials are positioned at 12 o’clock and, along with the hour markers, are applied to the dial’s surface. The slender central sweep seconds hand features a counterweight emulating the profile of a Girard-Perregaux Gold Bridge. Purists will note the date display at 3 o’clock features white numerals positioned upon a coloured disc, matching the hue of the main dial as horological etiquette dictates.

Upholding the DNA of the 1975 original, the Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition features an integrated bracelet. Each link is presented in polished or satin finished form, conferring a masterful interplay that has always been highly prized by watch aficionados. This marriage of contrasting finishes also extends to the case and bezel, bestowing a sumptuous feel to the composition.

Consistent with being a Manufacture, the GP01800 calibre is made at the company’s production facility in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The self-winding movement features a pink gold oscillating weight adorned with circular Côtes de Genève motif. Additional movement refinements include straight Côtes de Genève on the bridges, bevelling, mirror-polished screws, circular graining on the main plate and engraved gilded text, all executed to the company’s no-compromise standards.

The Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition, as previously stated, is offered in two variants, blue and green. Each option is limited to 188 pieces.

Following their unveiling during Dubai Watch Week, both versions of the Laureato 42mm Eternity Edition will be sold exclusively by Seddiqi during December 2021. Thereafter, the model will be available in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers and on the brand’s e-commerce site. 

 

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