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Live from SIHH 2017 – The new Girard-Perregaux Laureato collection ticks all boxes

| By Frank Geelen | 3 min read |
Girard-Perregaux Laureato

On the opening day of SIHH, last Monday, we had a spectacular start to the show with Vacheron Constantin, where we got to see and enjoy the impressive Atelier Cabinotier Celestia. Later that morning we got a nice surprise at Girard-Perregaux. Last year the brand, which is by the way one of the oldest manufactures in the watch world, launched a renewed Laureato limited edition. This year it further improved many small but very significant details on the watch and now I’m convinced that this is a serious competitor in the field of luxury sports watches, plus its price point is only half of its competitors. Sounds good, doesn’t it? 

And it is good. We here at Monochrome get to handle quite a few watches, and during fairs like the SIHH we’re in meetings, back to back, to see the brand’s new creations. In all honesty, I was not convinced by last year’s limited edition of the Laureato (or maybe I was hoping too much for something extraordinarily good), so when I got to touch, wear (and photograph) the new 42mm Laureato it was great to see and feel so much small differences compared to last year’s model. The case has been reworked; GP has gone with a larger movement that actually fills the 42mm case, and there’s a choice of three ‘normal’ models plus one 45mm tourbillon to choose from.

In the 42mm size Laureato there’s a choice between titanium, steel and titanium/pink gold, and for the 38mm automatic there’s no titanium, however, it is offered in full rose gold (on 18 PG bracelet or alligator leather strap) and in stainless steel. There’s also a 34mm ladies model in steel or 18K pink gold, and that one comes with a high-end quartz movement.

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The clou de Paris (hobnail) dial is very nice and changes under different light conditions. As I said earlier the 42mm case has now been equipped with Girard-Perregaux’s larger in-house automatic movement, the calibre GP1800 that nicely fills the case (as it should!) This movement with nice high-end finishing, also offers a more generous power reserve of 54 hours (compared to the 46 hour power reserve of the GP3300 calibre in last year’s limited edition, which is also in the new 38mm version).

We’ll now leave you with the specifications and price of the 42mm Laureato. Later we’ll come back to this lovely watch with an in-depth review and more details.

Specifications Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm

  • Case: stainless steel, titanium or titanium/rose gold, 42mm in diameter and 10.9 mm thick, slightly domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating, water resistant 100 metres (10 ATM, 10 bar)
  • Movement: GP01800-0008, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz), power reserve of 54 hours, indicates hours, minutes, seconds and date
  • Straps/bracelet:
    Leather strap: black or anthracite grey alligator with topstitching
    Metal bracelet: steel, or titanium and 18K pink gold, with alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces
    Clasp: titanium triple folding clasp
  • Price is around € 10,000 euro depending on bracelet (just about 10k) or strap (just below 10k)

9 responses

  1. Can’t afford an AP? Buy this cheaper version! What a lame copy.

  2. Julian, I used to own several royal oak/offshore models using 3120 based movements. Aside from reliability issues, the movements are way too small for the cases. Ended up getting a jumbo, which has a great movement nicely filling up case. I would naturally compare this Laureato 42 mm model to an AP 15400 and don’t feel like it’s a cheaper copy of the AP. For one, the movement seems designed specifically for the case, which is a big plus for me. Secondly, 15400 does not come with a strap option unless you go for the rose gold version, which is even more of a scratch magnet. Seriously considering getting the 42mm black dial Laureato on a strap!

  3. Wederom vlot te lezen en goed geïllustreerd verslag.
    Mooie horloge, doch nog steeds prijzig; en dan ook weer die grote modellen, 40mm diameter is aller max. voor fijnere polsen.

  4. I like this model, a lot , since it came out last year. I wonder if we can `spot the 3 differences` when put side by side ? Hope for a picture match up soon when the in depth is published. Maybe slight ly thicker hour markers ?? Pricing was a problem and although much lower now than the 2016 limited edition, still isnt great if GP wants this to be a seller. The offerings from JLC master collection this year start at 6 K for the 3 hander. But i prefer the GP styling and bracelet, which have nothing to do with an AP RO and thats a positive in my book!

  5. Hi Frank,
    thanks for your article.
    Even if I am a long-time fan of GP owning several watches of the brand, I’ve never been convinced by the Laureato…To me is sort of wannabe watch.
    Additionally, it has a price tag a bit high for a time-only watch – despite a manufacture caliber.


  6. Price is way out of line even for a manufacture movement. What are they thinking?

  7. Nice watch… But for 2500 euros more I would buy a AP Royal Oak everytime…

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