Manufacture Girard-Perregaux continues to hone its new contemporary watchmaking image by offering enthusiasts a range of instruments which, like the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton look beyond the present while remaining attuned to its history that began in 1791.
The daring Laureato, with its distinctive aesthetic accentuated by its graphic octagonal bezel, is an acknowledged pioneer in the field of major watch designs. Moreover, this icon with its pleasing exterior harbours a less well-known asset in the form of its natural penchant for timekeeping perfection. Initially launched in 1975 with an ultra-precise quartz heart vibrating at an original oscillating frequency (32,768 Hz) that has since become the industry standard, the Laureato was one of the most high-performing wristwatches of its time.
Pursuing the same quest for excellence in accordance with the historical approach cultivated by the Manufacture, the watchmakers responsible for designing the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton have opted to clothe this reference with a 42 mm-diameter case made of 18K pink or white gold, combined with a supple bracelet in the same metal with a resolutely contemporary design. This seamless ensemble, graced with structure that remains instantly identifiable even from a distance, is equipped with a magnificent Manufacture mechanical self-winding calibre featuring a flying tourbillon regulator.
So as to reveal its finesse while recalling that transparency is another aesthetic code cherished by the company since its earliest days, the artisans of the Manufacture have fitted inside the meticulously polished and satin-brushed case middle a large-size GP09520-0001 calibre of which the mainplate, bridges and the oscillating weight of the automatic winding system have all been painstakingly openworked.
This elegant ‘skeleton’ work, of which the delicate finishing visible from the front as well as through the sapphire crystal case-back, is hand-crafted by experts. It enables observers to look deep into the very core of the mechanism and explore most of the 262 components of this Manufacture-made beating heart.
The captivating contemporary design of this movement, hand-crafted in keeping with the highest standards, is cleverly accentuated by the bevelled edges of each part making up this mechanical composition that appears to be levitating inside the case.
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