This is the second year Girard-Perregaux will be showing at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), since returning last year. The brand is one of the founding members of SIHH.
After the revival of its heritage Laureato collection, the maison is expanding it this year with four new models. The first Laureato model was introduced in 1975, and had a sporty yet elegant timepiece featuring an octagonal bezel.
Four more Laureato pieces in ceramic are also expected to be introduced during the fair.
The new Laureato Skeleton Tourbillon leads the way with its beautifully crafted dial. The minimalist dial features just an index ring, gold-plated markings and the Girard-Perregaux logo. Through the dial and the sapphire crystal caseback, horology fans can admire the oversized GP09520 calibre, which is a self-developed movement. A flying tourbillon can be found at 11 o’clock. The 42mm timepiece comes in pink gold and white gold.
Another skeleton timepiece, the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic, is set to make waves. The sporty chic all-black timepiece is made of ceramic, a scratch-resistant material – and a perfect fit for adrenaline junkies. A touch of pink gold, peeking through the dial, gives this a luxurious finish.
Ceramic is also used for the Laureato 42mm Black Ceramic timepiece. This features alternative polish and satin finishes, from the case to the bracelets, giving it an unusual look.
Last but not least is the feminine Laureato 34mm Royalty featuring 56 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel. The 34mm timepiece, in steel or pink gold, also features alternating polished and matte finishes. The blue glazed dial is decorated with a Clou de Paris engraving, and provides a sharp colourful contrast to the case and diamonds. The steel version is limited to 200 pieces, and 100 for the pink gold.
Inside ticks the high-frequency quartz calibre GP013100-0004, which can be viewed via a transparent sapphire caseback. The quartz calibre is a descendant of one of Girard-Perregaux’s first self-developed quartz movements from the early 1970s. The brand pioneered the use of high-performing quartz movements at that time.