Girard-Perregaux unveils Laureato Skeleton

At SIHH 2017, Girard-Perregaux reintroduced its Laureato collection, and now – just a few months on – the brand has added the Laureato Skeleton to its luxury/sporty watch family. This new timepiece features a 42mm case and is offered in stainless steel and pink-gold.

This striking skeleton is now part of the Laureato collection.

The watch carries the collection’s core DNA but, as you can plainly see, it packs an attractive skeletonised dial/movement. The watch’s face gives time and running seconds (the latter at 10 o’clock) however the movement is not new; the GP01800-0006 was seen most recently in Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Skeleton, which was introduced at Baselworld 2016.

The automatic calibre comprises 173 components, sports a 18K gold rotor, and measures 30.6mm in diameter and is 4.16mm thick. It beats at 4Hz and offers 54-hours of power reserve. The architecture of the calibre is quite beautiful – there are attractive shapes on display, and the entire calibre is finished in a pleasing dark grey.

Beautiful details.

Between the two case materials that the Laureato Skeleton is offered in, I reckon the calibre has more punch when it’s seen within the confines of the pink-gold case. The case itself maintains the sporty looks of the rest of the collection, and measures 10.88mm in thickness regardless of material.

Sapphire crystal can be found above the dial and on the watch’s caseback but what’s interesting here is that the stainless steel reference has a water resistance of 100m, whereas the pink-gold is rated at 50m.

This isn’t a new calibre but it’s still a stunner.

Both stainless steel and pink-gold cases have polished and satin-brushed finishing, and are offered with bracelets made of the same material. A triple-blade folding clasp is present on both models.

The stainless steel model (ref. 81015-11-001-11A) retails for $32,000, whereas the pink-gold piece (ref. 81015-52-002-52A) costs almost double at $60,000. Girard-Perregaux watches are retailed through various outlets across the GCC, in Dubai – specifically – they can be seen at Al Fardan Jewellery in The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

The watch has a sapphire crystal caseback.

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