While Girard-Perregaux has released many Laureato models in recent years, the model has quite the long-standing history. First launched in 1975 as a dual-tone watch powered by an in-house quartz movement, the Laureato was championed as a cutting edge sports watch with unparalleled accuracy. The model was released before many other brands jumped on the steel-luxury-sports-watches bandwagon and was considered innovative in both function and design. Conceived by an anonymous Mulan-based architect, inspiration was drawn from the domes and facades found in architecture. One of the model’s most unique features—the iconic thin, octagonal bezel—would go on to be an integral part of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato history.
Since 1975, the Laureato has been reintroduced multiple times with updated functions, different movements and multiple sizes; however, many of the original design features have remained intact, proving their timelessness. A brilliant blend of straight lines and curves, the Laureato embodies all that Girard-Perregaux stands for: innovative functionality, unparalleled aesthetics and a unique ability to bridge the past with the future.
This year, the 42mm Infinity Edition (81010-11-635-11A) became one of the latest to join the Laureato lineup. The showstopping model features a bold, handcrafted black onyx dial, a material that is not often used in watchmaking due to its complexity. The brand states that “Creating thin dials from onyx requires no fewer than 15 different operations…” The onyx creates a smooth, deep, black mirror appearance that is, sleek, refined, and to put it quite simply, just right. Additional features include pink gold indices, an octagonal bezel and an integrated steel bracelet.
The Laureato 42mm Infinity Edition is powered by the skeletonized GP1800 caliber operating at 28,800 vph and featuring a 54-hour power reserve.