Recently the Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux announced a partnership with Aston Martin, the iconic British manufacturer of luxury sports cars. This new “Laureato” chronograph model (which appears here for the first time ever with an open caseback) is the second release conceived to celebrate their joint venture and it is quite the looker with an elegant British Racing Green dial, specific to the heritage of Aston Martin and motor-racing.The 42mm case is made of 904L stainless-steel with a mixture of horizontal brushing across the top of the main case, the integrated lugs and case sides; while the middle piece before the bezel offers a more polished look.Mounted to the case is this collection's signature octagonal shaped bezel, crafted out of matching steel with a contrasting brushed finish compared to the overall case.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition case back which allows a view of the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The steel rim portion has been engraved with the unique numeral for each of these limited editions, while the famous Aston Martin winged emblem has been emblazoned directly on the sapphire crystal. This is also the first time a “Laureato Chronograph” has been released without a solid case back.It comes equipped with two polished round pushers to operate the chronograph functions and a setting-crown engraved with the GP logo tucked away between, while also surrounded by crown guards. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance reaching up to 100 meters (328 feet).Time is exhibited on the very specific British Racing Green dial, which is a cooler with over a century of being linked to motor-racing, since it originated at the 1903 Gordon Bennet Cup, in Ireland. This is also a distinct hue adopted by Aston Martin and appears on this dial with a cross-hatching, diamond-like pattern, similar to the vintage Aston Martin logo, circa 1920’s. Besides all the other quality factors associated with the GP Laureato model, this dial is one of the main attractions for this wrist watch. Time is read on applied hour index markers, followed by a grey ring with white minute markings.It features a Tri-Compax chronograph layout with snailed sub-seconds at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at the 9 o'clock position. There is also a date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions. The central hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin
The “Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin” (Ref#: 81020-11-001-11A) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber GP03300 with 63 jewels, 419 components and 28,800 Vph. It comes equipped with an oscillating weight and has been decorated with Geneva stripes with circular graining and beveling. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 46 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a matching stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a triple folding clasp. This is a limited edition of only 188 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Girard-Perregaux website here.