When it comes to 1970’s sports watches the Girard-Perregaux Laureato has always been somewhat of an insider’s choice. It does not have a following such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus or shares the recognizable profile of the Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet. For some, that might make it even more desirable, and those among us will be pleased that Girard-Perregaux has significantly expanded its line-up.
In its 42mm case, the Laureato is an ample sport watch, that offers for sure a lot of character, even though it is not so expressive about it. Powered by automatic manufacture caliber GP01800, it combines a bit of 1970’s flair with a still surprisingly modern profile. The watch is relatively slender, and the integrated bracelet makes it sit pleasantly around the wrist. Leather straps are also available, but we felt that they worked better with the tourbillon model. Stainless steel and solid gold might be obvious choices for a watch like this, but we were especially taken by the titanium and gold Laureato. The combination of these materials gave the watch a more technical look, as the gold amplified the dark gray look of the titanium.
For those who feel that 42mm is a bit too much does Girard-Perregaux also introduce a 38mm model. Slightly dressier, it is the perfect size for men who prefer a smaller watch, or women who enjoy something a little more substantial and mechanical. The alternative for ladies is a 34mm version, but that is a quartz-only model. The 38mm model is powered by Girard-Perregaux’s legendary caliber GP03300, a movement which in the past was also fitted in several Pasha de Cartier models, as well as used by Daniel Roth before his brand became part of the Bulgari-group.
Much larger is the new Tourbillon, but that watch also has something more to show for. Available in either white gold, or titanium with rose gold, the 45mm case showcases a prominent tourbillon at six o’clock. It is held by a full bridge on the front of the watch, which is shaped in the traditional style of Girard-Perregaux’s famed Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges. The brand kept the front on the watch quite pure, as only two hands and the tourbillon adorn the front of the watch. The back has, however, a surprise, not only with the half bridge over the back of the tourbillon, which adds a surprising touch but also the micro rotor.
With the new Laureato’s Girard-Perregaux gave a clear sign that this model is back in business, and with so many options to choose from them also quite serious to go after a substantial market share.