GP Girard Perregaux launched the ‘Laureato’ watch in 1975. With unprecedented watch lines, materials and movements, it has become a revolutionary legend in the international watch industry. Its name was proposed by GP Girard-Perregaux’s Italian distributors, and meant to pay tribute to the film industry. In fact, it was inspired by the Italian language of the classic film The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross.
High-quality stainless steel legend
Looking back at the time when the watchmaking industry began to use stainless steel for advanced sports watches, historians will agree that the ‘Laureato’ launched by GP Girard-Perregaux in 1975 was the starting point for this innovation. ‘Laureato’ is made of gold from beginning to end, setting a precedent for similar watches.
Innovating is always the purpose of Girard-Perregaux. At the time of this new design, there was no marketing concept in the watch industry.
New module design
Laureato’s polished octagonal bezel and satin-brushed case are elements never seen before in a comprehensive bracelet watch. The exquisite bracelet-style design combines comfort and flexibility. All subsequent satin-finished bracelets with polished hinges have also been decorated with polished stripes, showing a perfect blend of shiny and matte effects. Since then, all Girard Perregaux models equipped with a gold bezel and a gold-plated bracelet have begun to use gold and sporty grey materials. When ‘Laureato’ was launched, it immediately set off a two-tone watch trend.
Innovative advanced movement
‘Laureato’ is famous for its fashionable design, but the brand’s research focus at that time was on technology. At that time, the Swiss watch industry began to replace the well-known balance device with a quartz movement, which inspired GP Girard-Perregaux to develop its own quartz movement. Girard Perregaux’s quartz movement has an oscillation frequency of 32,768 Hz, making it an unprecedented advanced quartz movement. The dial thus began to be engraved with the ‘Quartz Chronometer’, which means that all watches have passed the rigorous precision tests used to this day. This standard is still the international quality indicator and accepted by the international quartz movement manufacturers.
Continuous improvement process
1984: First improvements
Legendary designs are unique because they continue to lead the way. GP Girard-Perregaux infused many complex elements into ‘Laureato’ in 1984, and added an equation movement that is widely used in astronomical indicators, which greatly enhanced the watch’s appeal and exposure.
The bezel and integrated bracelet watch still follow the usual octagonal and polished design. The bangle watch also adds a polished arched bracelet, which forms an elegant contrast with the bright bezel, and the round design is more beautiful.
1995: a leap forward in size and complexity
In order to match the ultra-thin automatic GP 3100 mechanical movement, the brand has increased the size of ‘Laureato’ to ensure that it does not affect the proportion of the original watch. The volume of the bezel and the case band has increased, and the bracelet has also begun to adopt the ‘H’ design.
Olimpico was born in 1996 when the brand introduced a chronograph version. The brand improved the design in 1998, creating a prestigious tourbillon equipped with a three-gold bridge movement, and this design has become a classic of Girard Perregaux.
In the world of watchmaking at that time, the pursuit of advanced and more sporty designs became fashionable. This watchmaking tourbillon is known for its reliability and stability to withstand any environment.
Nowadays, the well-known international ‘Laureato’ is equipped with a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, and the third-generation design has become famous with its diameter of more than 40 mm.
‘Laureato EVO3’ has a 44mm case and an octagonal bezel. The bezel is first introduced with a satin finish and is set with round frame elements inside and outside. The integrated bracelet watch carries the flexible characteristics, the springs and pushers set with screws reveal the consistent sports style of this series.
‘Laureato EVO3’ uses a self-made movement GP 033C0-A0VAA with 52 stones. It is equipped with a 46-hour power reserve and precision components. The surface design also reflects a balanced aesthetic. There is a 24-hour timer at 9 o’clock, a sub-timer at 3 o’clock, and a pointer-type monthly calendar at 12 o’clock. The ends of the chronograph minute and second hands are painted red, sweeping across the entire surface.
The series also added a full perspective three-gold bridge tourbillon design. The golden bridge and blue spinel made of sapphire create a magnetic levitation effect, making this model a brand new design that is popular all over the world.
LAUREATO 2016: the future
To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the brand, GP Girard-Perregaux re-launches a replica ‘Laureato’ to trace its original aesthetics.
Relying on its exquisite production technology and precision mechanical technology, more than 40 years after the launch of the first stainless steel ‘Laureato’ watch by GP Girard-Perregaux, this limited edition 225 collection was launched for this design.
Carry out the stainless steel aesthetics
The unique aesthetics of stainless steel has always been loved by watchmakers and fine watch enthusiasts, so the stainless steel version of ‘Laureato’ will return with a sports style aesthetic. The new design has a classic hexagon bezel and a simple and flexible comprehensive bracelet watch, and added a hook element, showing an elegant contrast between polished and satin-finished effects.
The 41 mm diameter case is re-launched, which is bound to set off the trend of oversized watch design. The watch uses the first-generation baton-shaped hands and fluorescent decoration, and the dial (white gray or military blue) is printed with the ‘Clous de Paris’ fine grid pattern, which implements the classic aesthetics of the first version of 1975. The date is displayed at the 3 o’clock position. The spar is light-reflective and has a sapphire crystal on the back.
Superb watchmaking example
Just like the masterpiece of any fine watchmaking brand, Laureato has the GP03300-0030 movement developed by Girard Perregaux. This 27-jewel self-winding mechanical movement is flawlessly crafted. The built-in pendulum is clearly visible from the back of the case. The oscillation frequency is 28,800 times per hour and the 46-hour power reserve is extraordinary.
Post classic wave
Girard-Perregaux watches, which have been in existence for 225 years, rely on professional technology and exquisite craftsmanship for more than two centuries, and still continue to write legends of superb watchmaking craftsmanship. To record this glorious history, the Girard-Perregaux Museum will reopen at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Many precious collections trace the glorious history of the brand, depicting how Jean-François Bautte founded the brand in 1791, how many classic designs inherit the GP Girard-Perregaux craftsmanship and innovative spirit.
Laureato, born in 1975, will be launching its 225th Anniversary Edition and become a member of this noble palace.
LAUREATO Technical Specifications
Case: stainless steel
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Thickness: 10.10 mm
Spar: Anti-reflective Sapphire
Dial: Silver or blue with Clous de Paris pattern
Hands: Conductor-shaped, with fluorescent hands
Case back: anti-reflective sapphire
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Girard Perregaux GP03300-0030 Automatic Mechanical Movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 ½’’’)
Height: 3.20 mm
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 46 hours minimum
Function: hour, minute, second and date display