Just weeks after the launch of the new green dial Girard-Perregaux Laureato, which honestly works very well despite being a little late to the party perhaps, there’s now yet another new dial colour available. This one ties into the current season of the year a bit more, as the copper dial radiates a comforting warmth that befits the gradually colder and colder days as we head for winter. With this new dial, there’s quite a wide colour palette to choose from when it comes to the Laureato, GP’s sports watch with roots in the mid-1970s. And as a welcome treat, with the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm Copper the brand also reintroduces a wrist-friendlier size!
The Laureato is one of the most well-known and beloved luxury sports watches with an integrated design originating from the 1970s and should rightfully be considered a true icon. With its signature style of hobnailed dial, octagonal bezel and integrated steel bracelet, it remains a very popular collection. It is available in a multitude of materials and styles, ranging from basic stainless steel, precious metals, and high-tech carbon fibre, to full sapphire crystal cases. Dial colours include classical black, silver or blue, but more outspoken colours like green or even black onyx are also available. It has also been a host to numerous special edition watches in partnership with Bucherer and Aston Martin.
Obviously, a few words need to be said about the new size before we get to that sumptuous copper dial. An often-heard comment about sports watches with an integrated design above 40mm such as the Laureato used to be until now, is the fact the watches wear larger than the dimensions might suggest. This is due to the inherently fixed construction of the lug sections and transfers to the integrated bracelet. Slimming down the Laureato to a very pleasant 38mm in diameter and 10mm in height undoubtedly fixes that “issue” for a lot of people. It’s also a size that used to be part of the Laureato range not too long ago, like this Laureato Chronograph or this Laureato in white ceramic. All the proportions of the stainless steel case design remain similar to its 34mm, 42mm or 44mm counterparts. The signature octagonal bezel still sits proudly on top.
Next to the size, the dial is the biggest talking piece of this new Laureato 38mm Copper. Falling in line with the more classical styles found in the Laureato range, it features a hobnail pattern. The dial is finished in a very nice and warm copper tone, that also transfers to the minute flange on the outer edge of the dial and even the date disc underneath (smart thinking, GP!). On top, there’s an applied Girard-Perregaux logo in gold, and from there baton-shaped applied hour markers are spread around evenly. The only one missing is the one at 3 o’clock, to make room for the date window. The central hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated, while the central seconds hand is gold-plated to break tone a little. All indices and hands (minus the seconds hand) are finished with Super-LumiNova emitting a white hue in the dark.
Inside we find the latest generation of Girard-Perregaux’s in-house-made Calibre GP03300, known as the GP03300-2034. This automatic movement is constructed using 218 components, 27 of which are jewels. The frequency is 28,800vph (or 4Hz), similar to the GP01800 found on the 42mm Laureato. However, this one is unsurprisingly smaller in size with 25.95mm x 3.36mm against 30mm x 3.97mm. When fully wound by the 18k pink gold winding rotor, it will keep ticking for a maximum of 48 hours. As you can tell, the movement is finished with Côtes de Genève, perlage, blued screws, and bevelled edges here and there.
The new Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm Copper comes on the similarly styled integrated stainless steel bracelet as its bigger brother does. This is also brushed and polished for a bit of added contrast and comes with a triple folding clasp. With this new 38mm diameter GP adds a very welcome size to the Laureato family, which will retail for GBP 11,500 / CHF 14,200 / USD 14,900 / EUR 15,000.
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