Girard-Perregaux kicks off the new year with two new magnificent executions of the Laureato Absolute. An offspring of the famous Laureato which debuted in 1975, the Laureato Absolute line was first introduced in 2019 as a bolder interpretation of the original Laureato, including the hallmark octagonal bezel atop a circular ring.
The new Laureato Absolute Light & Shade makes its entrance in a 44mm case crafted from metallized sapphire crystal, which features a strong brilliance and a notably light weight (85 grams). According to Girard-Perregaux, the production process is complex, requiring 170 hours of work.
It creates a stylish frame for the skeletonized in-house caliber GP01800-1143 whose main plate is octagonal-shaped, like the bezel that surrounds it. Thanks to its open-worked architecture, the self-winding movement reveals intriguing elements of its inner workings, such as the balance wheel which can be seen oscillating to-and-fro and the barrel displaying the mainspring in various degrees of tension.
The gold oscillating weight is openworked, inviting the wearer to admire the bridges below. Upholding Girard-Perregaux’s reputation for refined finishing, the NAC-treated bridges and mainplate incorporate sandblasting, traits-tirés, circular satin finishing and beveling, with no less than 5 hand-polished inner angles.
The time-honored Swiss manufacture has also created a special reference featuring a distinctive translucent red case to mark the advent of the Chinese New Year. The Laureato Absolute Light & Fire is limited to just 18 pieces.
Pricing for the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Light & Shade and Laureato Absolute Light & Fire is marked at $99,600.
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