Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar Watch

The Laureato is Girard-Perregaux’s definition of sports chic, but in the latest addition its rugged 42mm steel case and restrained sensibility have been combined with one of the highest of high complications: the perpetual calendar.

The Laureato is a distinctly architectural watch. That’s no real surprise; it was designed by a Milanese architect after all, back in the 1970s. It’s polished octagonal bezel on a circular case, it’s integrated steel bracelet and its generally pared-back look have all made it one of Girard-Perregaux’s most renowned pieces. Now, they’re upping the game.

A perpetual calendar is surprisingly hard to get right. There’s enough information on the dial that it can get easily crowded; at the same time, try to be too subtle and you risk making key information hard to read at a glance. The Laureato however manages that balance nicely.

Instead of too many subdials to keep track of and a visual snowstorm of indexes, Girard-Perregaux have kept the blue Clous de Paris dial relatively clean. The day and date are displayed on the usual subdials, but the month and leap year are both positioned in windows at 5 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar Watch

The result is an easily legible, nicely asymmetrical dial that maintains the restrained character of the Laureato – particularly with the tone on tone subdials – but is a useful perpetual calendar. It’s a pretty solid achievement, particularly seeing as this is an entirely new movement for Girard-Perregaux.

The new in-house Calibre GP01800-0033 that powers the Laureato Perpetual Calendar was developed from scratch for the single purpose of being easy to use – and it is. Days can be skipped through using a single pusher at 8 o’clock, while all other functions can be accessed via the crown. Better yet, setting works both ways, so you don’t need to go all the way back around if you go too far.

As a movement it’s beautiful to use but more so to look at. This is where you can really see Girard-Perregaux’s traditional craft in action. Côtes de Genève covers the baseplate, bridges and oscillating weight and hand bevelling on pretty much every surface for a visual feast. Just as impressively, the entire thing – Perpetual Calendar function included – is just 6mm high.

The movement height in turn means that, even with a rugged steel case, the entire watch measures in at just 11.84mm. That’s not ultra-thin by any stretch of the imagination, but it makes the new Laureato fit nicely on the wrist, apparently smaller than its 42mm size would suggest.

In adding a perpetual calendar to a classically elegant sports watch should but all rights ruin it. In the hands of many watchmakers it may have done just that. Girard-Perregaux however has managed a balance between the clean, architectural nature of the Laureato and the demands of the high complication for a seriously smart watch.

Price & Specs:

      • Model name: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar
        Ref: GP01800-0033
      • Dial/Case: 42 mm x 11.84 mm height, stainless steel with polished and satin-brushed finishes
      • Movement: Calibre GP01800-0033, automatic, Côtes de Genève motif
        Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
      • Power reserve: 54hrs
      • Water resistance: 100 meters (10 ATM)
      • Price: 32,030 CHF (without taxes)

Find out more on Girard-Perregaux’s website.