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Girard-Perregaux Laureato

Post by koimaster » June 19th 2020, 11:40pm

Watch collectors had been awaiting its return. After a lengthy hiatus, which saw almost 30 different references, Girard-Perregaux finally brought the Laureato back into its collection in 2017. It had already made its comeback one year earlier with various limited editions commemorating Girard-Perregaux’s 225th anniversary. One of the latest models to join the family is this blue-dialed take on the fourth-generation Laureato, which we recently had the o

A look back leads to the 1970s, a decade when the watch industry was responding to a demand for sporty and elegant timepieces that had a distinctive aesthetic and could be worn for every occasion. Girard-Perregaux commissioned a Milanese architect to design the Laureato, which translates as the “graduate.” He placed an octagonal component atop a ring, thus joining a polygon and a circle. To create specific reflections of light, the sides of the octagon traced gently flowing lines rather than sharply defined edges, combined with convex and concave surfaces. The fluid transition from the case to the integrated metal bracelet followed both the taste of the time and the transformation in watch technology that Girard- Perregaux celebrated inside the Laureato in 1975: the first appearance of an uncommonly slim and compact quartz movement. This caliber defined the international standard with a frequency of 32,768 Hz. So it’s no surprise that quartz watches belong to the current Laureato collection.

Nor is it surprising to hear some sharp-tongued rogues mutter that the Laureato’s latest incarnation looks even more like Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, which Gérald Genta designed in 1972. With a brawny bezel and visible screws, Genta’s brainchild borrows some details from an old-fashioned diving helmet. With this timekeeping creation, the famed Swiss designer with Italian roots transformed the watch world at a time when the Milanese architect likewise followed the zeitgeist and sketched his own designs for Girard-Perregaux, which are more reminiscent of the dome atop a Florentine cathedral.

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