The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton watch with a metal bracelet and a skeleton movement is an exercise in horological architecture.
Designed by a Milan-based architect in the 1970s, 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.
The 42 mm, 10.88 mm thick cased watch is available in stainless steel or 18-ct pink gold, matching the bracelet. It is impeccably proportioned and composed of well-defined curves and clean-cut lines.
It’s skeletonised Fine Watchmaking movement, Calibre GP01800-0006, forms a veritable mechanical lace motif. Positioned at 12 o’clock amid this elegantly filigree-worked metal structure is its balance. 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 developed Calibre GP01800-0006 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.
This see-though nature is 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 overall anthracite treatment gives a dark glow that sets the perfect finishing touch to the contrasting effects enlivening the Laureato Skeleton.