Simply launched as a part of Dubai Watch Week 2021 is that this pair of limited-edition Girard-Perregaux Laureato Eternity Version watches carried out in grand feu enamel dials. Whereas it was under-appreciated for a while, the Laureato appears to have picked up steam ever for the reason that launch of that stunning Infinity restricted version with the black onyx dial. (I’ve additionally observed a good quantity of chatter concerning the latest Aston-Martin chronograph.) The 2 new fashions we see listed here are every restricted to 188 items every and can initially be unique to Seddiqi jewelers.
Grand Feu Enamel dials are stunning and really tough to create. The literal translation of “Grand Feu” is “Nice Fireplace,” which refers back to the repeated technique of making use of enamel substrate to the dial which is then heated to 800-900°C between 5 and ten occasions. The method is finicky, to say the least, and a number of other issues can go improper (cracking, effervescent, discoloration, and many others) that might require beginning over from sq. one.
These two Girard-Perregaux Laureato fashions are available blue and inexperienced, every carried out with a guilloché sunray sample. I’ve to say I’m so pleased to see no lume on both of those watches, with the rhodium-plated fingers trying crisp and clear. I do know it’s a deal-breaker for some folks, however not me. Actually, I’d personally be pleased solely proudly owning watches and not using a speck of lume. These dials look stunning and intricately completed, and small particulars just like the matching date home windows come collectively in making a cohesive package deal.
It’s exhausting for me to decide on which I’d hypothetically desire, however I feel the inexperienced would win out most days. Enamel has a very wealthy and clean depth to it, and GP factors out that the shiny luster won’t ever fade (enamel dials nonetheless being obscure to most customers), therefore the “eternity” designation.
The chrome steel case is according to the usual Laureato, measuring 42mm-wide and 10.68mm-thick with 100mm of water resistance. After all, there’s additionally the built-in metal bracelet with polished heart hyperlinks that create some distinction with the brushed case and outer hyperlinks.
The in-house GP01800 computerized motion is seen from the exhibition caseback and is well-finished, as is par for the course with the Laureato. That includes Geneva stripes, mirror-polished screws, round graining, and bevelling all through, it’s a refined and worthy caliber. And, after all, there’s the pink gold rotor that can also be completed with Geneva stripes. Working at 28,800 vph, the GP01800 has a 54-hour energy reserve.
A luxurious sports activities watch with an octagonal bezel and built-in bracelet is definitely on-trend nowadays, however let’s not neglect that the Laureato was launched manner again in 1975 (albeit with ups, downs, and gaps since). The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Eternity Editions current a fairly compelling proposition for patrons in that low five-figure price range who’re searching for one thing just a little uncommon and particular. Whereas items just like the Moser Streamliner and Czapek Antarctique have been hits, they’re a strong minimal of $10,000 greater than the Laureato Eternity.
Restricted to 188 items every, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Eternity Version is priced at CHF 13,460 and can be initially out there solely at Seddiqi throughout December 2021, adopted by licensed sellers and e-commerce. You possibly can study extra at girard-perregaux.com.