Friday, May 5, 2017

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton

The latest addition to Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato family, the Laureato Skeleton model with a metal bracelet is a true marvel in horological architecture. The Swiss watch manufacture has drawn upon the origins of the Laureato, upon the noblest inspirations and upon its horological expertise. The rigorous and sensual rhythm of the curves of the Laureato Skeleton gives unique strength to an open-worked watch in which the content harmoniously matches the container.

Designed by a Milan-based architect in the 1970s, the Laureato watch immediately asserted itself as an object embodying a wealth of art, history and shapes: a true watchmaking icon. The spirit of this creation remains intact and is indeed enhanced in the latest Laureato generation that Girard-Perregaux launched in 2016 and is enriching in 2017. Its metal bracelet composed of links featuring alternating matt and satin-brushed surfaces; its case of which the lugs form an integral part of its design; its polished octagonal bezel framed by a circle: everything about it reveals a quest for balanced proportions and ergonomics. This approach to watch design has given rise to a distinctively styled and intense envelope, which protects and contains the functional organs – a vision identical to that of an architect. In this case, everything is concentrated within the few cubic centimetres of the Laureato Skeleton, which is viewed and experienced up close and personal, directly against the skin.
The Laureato Skeleton has an exterior and an interior. The envelope is a rigorously designed 42 mm-diameter, 10.88 mm-thick case, available in stainless steel or 18K pink gold, matching the bracelet. It is impeccably proportioned and composed of well-defined curves and clean-cut lines.

Inside the case beats a skeletonised fine watchmaking movement, Calibre GP01800-0006, forming veritable mechanical lace motifs. Positioned at 12 o’clock amid this elegantly filigree-worked metal structure is its balance, a reminder that the Laureato Skeleton is a living creation with a steadily beating heart. The excellent precision of this model is further reinforced – for the first time in a GP1800 movement – by the use of a variable-inertia balance. 

The in-house Calibre drives the hours, minutes and small seconds in an open-worked interpretation graced with exceptional finishing. It has undergone extensive skeleton craftsmanship. The bridges and mainplate are replaced by a clever interplay of solids and voids, alternating between the structural framework and inhabitable spaces.
Transparency of the movement is further reinforced by the rotor carved from a block of 18K pink gold and open-worked like the rest of the movement. This component that normally covers and conceals other elements thus allows the light to flood through the Laureato Skeleton like a stained-glass window. Instead of a dial, the movement is rimmed by suspended hour-markers.
The otherwise bare curves of this skeleton movement are adorned with chamfering that accentuates their outlines. They are hand-crafted by qualified artisans of the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux. The remaining surface of the movement is given a matt effect by satin brushing, creating a texture that catches and holds the light. The overall anthracite treatment gives a dark glow that sets the perfect finishing touch to the contrasting effects enlivening the Laureato Skeleton.

Technical details
Model: Laureato Skeleton

Case
Material: stainless steel or 18K pink gold
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 10.88 mm
Crystal: sapphire glareproofed on both sides
Case-back: sapphire
Dial: peripheral ring with suspended luminescent hour-markers
Hands: baton-type, luminescent
Water resistance: 100 metres for the stainless steel version, 50 meters for the pink gold version

Movement
Reference: GP01800-0006, skeletonised
Winding: automatic, via a skeletonised 18K gold rotor
Diameter: 30.6 mm (13¼’’’) 
Thickness: 4.16 mm
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Number of components: 173
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 54 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 10 o’clock

Bracelets
In stainless steel or 18K pink gold with alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces
Triple-blade folding clasp, in stainless steel or 18K pink gold

ReferencesSteel Model: 81015-11-001-11A
Pink gold Model: 81015-52-002-52A

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