Long before the “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak” or the “Patek Philippe Nautilus” were showcasing an octagonal design, the “Girard-Perregaux Laureato” model had already begun in 1975. Now at Dubai Watch Week 2021 the allure for this watch was renewed with two mesmerizing grand feu enamel dial options in a limited edition.The tonneau-shaped 42mm case is made of stainless-steel with a brushed finish, while mounted to the case is an octagonal 14-facet bezel. Despite this being described as a luxury sports watch, its pleasing aesthetics could easily fit into more formal occasions. On the flip-side is an exhibition caseback that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. It features several purple jewels, some gold gears and a pink gold rotor finished with Geneva stripes. The limited edition status has also been engraved around the circumference. Attached to the case is an integrated bracelet with polished center pieces, which provide a subtle contrast to the overall brushed finish of the case and bezel. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).The dial is available in either a blue or green Grand Feu enamel dial with a guilloché sunray motif, followed by steel applied hour index marker with the “GP” logo at the 12 o’clock position. Although the case design may possess a timeless elegance, these “eternity” dials are clearly the main attraction of this new release.“Grand Feu” translates to “Great Fire”, which refers to the process of applying enamel substrat to the dial, before heating it up to 800-900°C several times. It is a fastidious process that calls for extreme focus. Any false move can lead to cracking or discoloration, which require starting all over again from scratch.The central rhodium-plated hands and index hour markers appear here without any lume at all. This may not appeal to some users, since it renders the watch illegible in dark situations. But in a well lit room, or the sun it actually provides an extra “shine” to it, as the light reflects off these parts. There is also a date window at 3 o’clock with a matching background, so it doesn’t disrupt the flow of these beautiful dials.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Eternity Edition
The “Girard-Perregaux Laureato Eternity Edition” (References below) is powered by the self-winding mechanical in-house movement, caliber GP01800, with 28 jewels, 191 parts, and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 54 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is an integrated stainless-steel bracelet, secured by a triple-folding buckle. This watch is a limited edition of only 188 manufactured pieces for each version. For more up to date information visit the official Girard-Perregaux website here.