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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches First Look

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute collection comprises four watches bound by a shared case silhouette (minus the addition/absence of chronograph pushers), but each with a distinct flavor. The wildest of the bunch is without a doubt the Laureato Absolute Chronograph with the “carbon glass” case. Visually, the closest things I’ve seen to this are cases by Dietrich such as the O.Time series and some from Cvstos. It’s a divisive look that places the emphasis on coolness rather than classiness, but for me it’s an exciting development that offers another avenue of aesthetic interest. Crucially, though, those examples of a similar look were actually forged carbon; what GP have done here is create something completely new. And it seems that the possibilities of so-called carbon glass are sky-high.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches First Look

Specifications

Brand: Girard-Perregaux
Model: Laureato Absolute
Dimensions: 44mm for all models
Water Resistance: 300m
Case Material: PVD-treated titanium or Carbon glass
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal
Movement: In-house: Chronographs GP03300-1058, World timer GP03300-1056, Time-only GP03300-1060
Frequency: 28,800vph (4Hz)
Power Reserve: All 46 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Integrated rubber strap
Price & Availability: TBD

Analysis

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches First Look

Carbon glass has excellent structural integrity, surface smoothness, and visual vibrancy. The first and second traits were achieved due to the manufacturing process, while the third is down to whatever additive is included in the mixture during its compression phase. In this case, the use of a blue glass riddles the case with explosive fissures of cerulean that give the impression the case is splitting apart due to some internal cosmic force. Thankfully, the opposite is true. Carbon glass is stiffer than steel by a factor of 100. It is also eight times less dense (meaning it will almost float on water). There will be an in-depth hands-on review of that piece, so let’s leave it there for now, and whip round the other three pieces in the collection.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches First Look

Firstly, there is a chronograph, boasting the same functionality as the carbon glass version, but encased in brushed and polished PVD-treated titanium. Without the distraction of carbon glass, the whole effect looks kind of like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak had a baby with a Bvlgari Diagano Magnesium Chronograph.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches First Look

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches First Look

A time-only and a World timer model round out the release, with the latter being a particularly nice effort. The World timer uses GP’s typical layout, and is very clear and easy to use. The blue sun-ray dial adds enough character to justify it making its way into a seasoned traveller’s collection.

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Collection Watches First Look

Conclusion

An aesthetically arresting group of watches, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute collection is a welcome addition to a brand that I respect, but rarely desire. The carbon glass is the pick of the bunch simply for its less common appearance and the novelty of a new material. However, the World timer is a really solid effort that offers supreme legibility, while retaining the avant-garde nature of the brand. Prices are yet to be confirmed. girard-perregaux.com

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  • SuperStrapper

    Very cool. Black and deep blue seems to be a trend lately. And I’m not complaining.
    Really like the titanium chrono, but would like to see it in untreated steel.
    I’m interested in the carbon glass case, looking forward to a hand on review.

    • Berndt Norten

      Black and Blue’s indeed a classic
      I pity the fool to cry otherwise?

  • Pete L

    Eye catching. Interested to find out the details on the carbon glass!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I’m afraid I don’t like any of them.

  • Joe

    The time-only is quite nice.
    As people are saying, maybe black and deep blue is a trend, in which case could these look very dated in a few years?

    Also, I’m never one to shun a high level of water resistance but why suddenly so much (30atm) water resistance for non-divers?

  • Buy and Sold

    What the holes for in the World Time? None of them is filled.

  • Independent_George

    Tres cool, though the straps are ugly.

  • Farkbinder012

    Different for sure. Going after the AP ROO crowd? Hopefully not at ROO prices. The 300 meters water resistance is an unusual departure from the industry standard of refusing to construct watch cases robust enough for the daily rigors that responsible adults sometimes experience.

    • Polerouter

      Most responsible adults I know don’t often dive to 300m, though.

  • Maybe the “carbon glass” case is the future. Or maybe it is a visual fad. The stiffness and lightweight are great but maybe in all black I’d like it better for the long haul. I don’t get the need for the black “markers” on the sandwich dial. Since they are hard to see against the lovely blue dials, what is the point?

    I like the world timer (more than just a GMT as the post called it) but I wish they would indicate if the crown can set both the world time and also rotate the city ring or if there is a pusher or two the press release photos didn’t show.

    And yes, the straps are ugly.

  • Rupert Muller

    I am really disappointed to see these black cases in PVD coated steel. GP has already introduced the Laureato in black ceramic, I believe it was last year (or two years ago). Why are they now going back to the much lower quality PVD coated steel material? Was it too complex with the ceramic? Do they have problems with the ceramic production?

  • Oh yeah, the white seconds hand is better all around and indeed does match the rest of this collection better.

  • WINKS

    ‘Me too’ design. Lacks Star quality…

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