Building upon the previous Laureato release by Girard-Perregaux, the brand has unveiled a new dial colour for the 38mm model. The Laureato 38mm Copper is a mid-sized unisex model with, as the name suggests, a fascinating yet beautiful copper dial.
The creation of this dial and the way it plays with light shows Maison’s vast experience in mastering light. An iconic design for Girard-Perregaux and the Laureato collection is within the dial, and how it’s simply not one-dimensional as it encompasses a Clous de Paris Motif. This traditional pattern is composed of multiple pyramidal structures which engage with light, that show tiny pockets of shade and brilliance. Even though on paper the dial is stated as simply “copper” it is far more than that when viewed in person. The colour of the dial can vary from a tawny brown shade to a pink-toned gold, with multiple other shades in between.
While the previous Laureato model that was released had a case size of 42mm, this latest version brings back the 38mm. The model is also made to be unisex so that both genders can enjoy this beautiful new creation. The case is made from stainless steel with polished and satin finishes and also features the iconic octagonal bezel. As standard, the Laureato 38mm is presented with a steel polished and satin-finished bracelet, which matches and blends with the case in fluid-like motion thanks to the integrated bracelet.
The dial, while being a simple three-hander, has so much detail to offer. Starting with the GP logo at the 12 o’clock position, which is donned in golden hues to match the background. The baton-style hour indices have white Superlumi-Nova, which makes the markers stand out beautifully against the copper backdrop. To match this, the hour and minute hands have been styled similarly. To match the copper and other gold elements on the dial, the constant minute hand is also made in the same way. The copper dial doesn’t detract from the overall readability of the dial, with the only possible issue being the date backdrop. If this were white, it would certainly stand out a lot clearer. However, it seems that Girard-Perregaux intended to give it a more subtle look.
With the case being only 10mm in thickness, Girard-Perregaux has given this new Laureato the self-winding Calibre GP03300 movement. Shown through the open case-back, this in-house movement is stacked with refined details, something that we’ve been accustomed to with Girard-Perregaux timepieces. Some of the components in the movement have no less than four different decorations that range from bevelling, mirror-polishing, satin finishes, sunray finishes, and snailing to various engravings. The pink gold oscillating weight that stands proudly is embellished with a circular Côte de Genève finish. The movement operates at a frequency of 28 800 VpH (4Hz) while giving a respectable power reserve of 46 hours minimum.
Girard-Perregaux vast experienced amassed over the last 230 years has allowed them to create timepieces that stand the test of time. With an appreciation for the value of light and its positive influence on timepieces, the brand can create watches with dials that a simply stunning to look at. Their consistent approach to design has paved the way for the brand to create watches with iconic cases that remain immune to fashion changes.