Octagonal designs possess a mystique all their own. Be it the “Royal Oak” by Audemars Piguet, the “Nautilus” by Patek Philippe, or the “Larueato” by Girard-Perreguax. It first appeared in 1975 and a resurgence since 2017 has led GP to expand the collection with the very luxurious and sophisticated new Laureato Pink Gold & Onyx edition.The tonneau-shaped 42mm case is made of 18k pink with a vertically brushed surface finish, while mounted to the case is an octagonal 14-facet bezel with a contrasting radially brushed finish. 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.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 50 meters (164 feet).The dial is made of black onyx with applied pink gold indices and the GP logo at the 12 o’clock position. Framing this dark dial with the warm pink gold casing provides a luxurious and serene aesthetics.This particular black onyx is all crafted by hand, which requires it to be cut into very thin layers, before it can be finely shaped and polished into releasing a radiate gleam of blackness. GP has stated that “at least 15 operators are required to achieve the glossy smooth dial”.The central 18k pink gold hands and hour index markers appear here without any lume at all. This may not appeal to all users, since it renders the watch illegible in dark situations. But a dress watch such as this GP was conceived with well-lit events in mind. There is also a date window at 3 o’clock with a matching background, for an almost seamless flow of that onyx shine.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Pink Gold & Onyx
The “Girard-Perregaux Laureato Pink Gold & Onyx” (Ref#: 81010-52-3118-ICM) 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 18k pink gold bracelet, secured by a triple-folding buckle. It is also available with a black alligator scaled strap. This watch is not a limited edition and should become available in September 2022. For more up to date information visit the official Girard-Perregaux website here.