The Laureato is making waves, banging on the doors of many a collector looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Of course, the Laureato isn’t without its band of haters. There’s many out there who liken its aesthetic to that of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak or Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas, but when push comes to shove and you look at the watch objectively, there is absolutely no denying its appeal. Here is the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic, one of 2018’s dark horses.
The Laureato Skeleton Ceramic is a seriously beautiful, seriously contemporary timepiece that really encompasses some of the best current technologies and architectural types in modern horology. We’ve got a 42mm wide, 10.93mm thick ceramic case whose colour palette is deep, dark and ominous. But, depending on the light, you can get several different ceramic colour palettes. Pitch black. Light and deep grey. And even sometimes a glimpse or two of warmth in the overall cold look of the watch. Very cool stuff.
The openworked dial gives you a full and uninterrupted view of the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic’s stunning mechanism which we’ve actually seen before in the 1966 Skeleton Automatic. Is there a problem with using a movement used in a completely different line of watches? Absolutely not! And when it looks as good as this one does, then you cannot blame Girard-Perregaux for reusing it. The skeletonised nature of the piece enables the wearer to see all the beautiful intricacies and architectural biases that would otherwise be hidden behind a dial. Openworked watches present themselves as a very modern, very refreshing and very cool option as opposed to a watch whose movement is more traditionally concealed behind a dial. In the case of the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic, the nail has been hit right smack bang in the middle of its head.
The Laureato Skeleton Ceramic is powered by the in-house automatic calibre GP01800-0006 which has been finished with anthracite galvanic treatment, satin brushing and beveling throughout. Its composed of 173 individual parts, beats at a frequency of traditional 4Hz and has a power reserve of over 2-days. In the centre-stack of hands you have the passing hours and minutes, while the sweeping-seconds hand sits in a sub-dial at 10 o’clock. At 12 o’clock you have the beating heart of the balance wheel, and at the back of the watch you have a pink gold oscillating weight.
This is a watch that you either love unconditionally, or it’s one that you love to hate based purely on past prejudices and opinions. The sheer quality of this watch needs to be seen to be believed, and believe me when I say your opinion will change, and for the better! The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic is a fantastic timepiece that’s available now through Girard-Perregaux’s U.S. authorised network of sales channels for $36,600. For more info. on Girard Perregaux, Click Here.