Peering through the sapphire caseback we find the movement, Girard-Perregaux’s manufacture Caliber GP03300-0030 (below), a self-winding movement with 27 jewels, a 28,800-vph frequency, and a 46-hour power reserve. The rotor is adorned with the circular côtes de Genève pattern characteristic of Girard-Perregaux’s movements, along with an inscribed golden “Manufacture Girard-Perregaux” emblem. Another engraved gold “GP” symbol appears on one of the plates, which are embellished with the more traditional, straight-lined Geneva waves. Perlage decorates the outer edges of the movement.
The movable center lug, as mentioned before, helps this watch to conform comfortably to just about any wrist size and the black rubber strap, with a large groove in the center, is quite comfy also, though the inner edge is simple and unadorned with any particular embossed or relief motif other than an indented “GP” logo on each side of either lug, inside a hexagonal box clearly reminiscent of the venerable brand’s “Golden Bridges.” The elaborate double-folding buckle mechanism has lots of polished surfaces, as does the clasp, which carries on the motif of the bezel’s curved, polished edges.
Were I to consider extending my relationship with the Laureato to a more permanent one, I might take some issue with the price. It’s definitely a sport-luxury watch with an emphasis on the luxury, and as I hope I’ve made clear, the attention to detail on the case, dial, and movement is impeccable across the board. But $11,000 for a steel watch, even one with an in-house movement and a prestigious pedigree, with no complications other than a date display, might strike some as fairly steep. Still, it can’t be argued that this watch looks expensive — even with the fairly simple and sporty rubber strap. Many might find the cost of admission to this horological club of simple, classical elegance to be well worth it.