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Laureato 42 mm Pink Gold Sage Green Laureato 42 mm Pink Gold Ultramarine Blue

Fifty shades of Laureato

La Chaux-de-Fonds, May 7th, 2024 (10AM CET) – The Girard-Perregaux Laureato adds two new chapters in a story that began in 1975, this time housed in a sumptuous 42mm Pink Gold case and upholding Laureato tradition of contrasting shapes and finishes. On this occasion, the eponymous noble metal is paired with bewitching Sage Green and Ultramarine Blue dials that appear to change shade when viewed from different angles.

Laureato, an alluring silhouette since 1975

In 1975, Girard-Perregaux released the inaugural Laureato, a timepiece designed in-house comprising several different shapes brought together to form a cohesive aesthetic. Close examination reveals an octagonal bezel positioned atop a circular plinth which in turn is located upon an angular tonneau­ shaped case. Throughout the composition there is an exquisite interplay between polished and satin finished surfaces as can be seen on these new Laureato in Pink Gold. Both finishes are clearly defined and discrete from one another, thereby optimising the effect. This arrangement of different shapes and contrasting finishes has come to define the Laureato, a watch that is instantly recognisable when viewed from afar.

Golden baton-style hour and minute hands collaborate with baton-type indexes, imparting meaning free of ambiguity. Both the hands and indexes are lined with luminescent material and emit a notable glow in dim light. The central seconds hand features a GP-themed counterweight and almost kisses the minute track positioned on the flange, facilitating ease of read-off. The date is presented at 3 o’clock and employs white numerals set atop an ultramarine blue or sage green disc, matching the main dial as horological etiquette dictates. Gold GP initials reside at 12 o’clock, while the brand’s name and GP logo, both executed in white, are located below.

Sage Green: ‘wise, especially as a result of great experience’

Thumb the pages of a dictionary and look up the word, ‘sage’. It’s defined as ‘wise, especially as a result of great experience’, words that could be used to describe Girard-Perregaux. Indeed, having amassed much experience over the last 230 years, the manufacture has become known for its sagacity, making the choice of dial colour on the new Laureato Pink Gold Sage Green very apt.

Ultramarine Blue: still looking good after 6000 years

The colour, ‘ultramarine blue’, can be traced back to the 4th millennium BCE and to the appearance of lapis lazuli. The name is derived from the Latin ‘ultramarinus’, meaning ‘beyond the sea’, a reference to the region of its origin. Ultramarine blue, sometimes called ‘true blue’, later became a defining feature of many Renaissance paintings; however, as it was incredibly expensive, artists used it sparingly. As its name suggests, the dial of the new Laureato Pink Gold Ultramarine Blue is executed in the sought after shade.

Both dials are enlivened with a Claus de Paris motif, endowing their surface with a three-dimensional allure. The textured dial is the result of a time-consuming manufacturing process of over 50 steps that accentuate its intricately weaved pattern. This latter characteristic causes the dial shades to appear different when viewed from various angles. Indeed, its surface exhibits fifty shades of green and blue, each one, eminently seductive.

Presented in 18-carat pink gold, these models uphold the Laureato tradition of juxtaposing polished
and satin finished surfaces throughout. A matching pink gold bracelet ergonomically unites the watch with the wearer’s wrist.

A brilliant mind

The Manufacture Calibre GP01800, a self-winding movement comprising 191 components, is beautifully finished. The main plate is adorned with circular graining, while some components feature bevelling, mirror polishing, satin finish and various engravings. The bridges are decorated with straight Cotes de Geneve and the pink gold oscillating weight is embellished with circular Cotes de Geneve. Lastly, the movement has a power reserve of at least 54 hours.

Numerous operations are required to complete the Laureato’s in-house movement, including its refined and time-consuming finishing. Founded in 1791, Girard-Perregaux, an independent Manufacture, has amassed much know-how over the last 230 years and has gained an enviable reputation for crafting fine watches, each blessed with a brilliant mind. The Laureato has benefited from this expertise and is powered by a manufacture movement since its launch in 1975.

The Laureato Pink Gold Sage Green and Ultramarine Blue will go on sale in May 2024 and will be available worldwide in all Girard-Perregaux retailers.

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