Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux will be celebrating its 225th anniversary this year, which makes it one of the oldest watch companies still in operation today. Together with this special anniversary, Girard-Perregaux is updating its Laureato collection with the new Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 watch. Interestingly, the last major update to the Laureato was in 2003 with the Laureato Evo 3, which had an enlarged 44mm case and a new bracelet, so it really has been a long time coming. What’s new about this watch? Read on to find out; but first, a little history into the Laureato.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato collection was born in 1975, at a time when sportier looking high-end steel watches were beginning to become popular thanks to the Royal Oak, which was created three years earlier in 1972. The Laureato of 1975 had an integrated bracelet and a polished octagonal bezel – not entirely unique features for the time – but what really made the 1975 Laureato stand out was that it was to be a showcase piece for Girard-Perregaux’s technological prowess, and it was outfitted with an in-house made quartz movement.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On
The Girard Perregaux Laureato from 1975 – image source: timezone.com

The name Laureato is also interesting, as it was suggested by Girard-Perregaux’s then-Italian distributor, who was inspired by the classic movie, The Graduate, which, in Italian, was Il Laureato. It is said that, because of this, many Italian parents bought Laureato watches for their children when they graduated from school.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For the new Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016, Girard-Perregaux is returning to their roots. Instead of an evolution of the sporty Laureato Evo 3, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 comes in a more modest case and is significantly more restrained, classic, and elegant in its looks.

The latest Girard-Perregaux Laureato comes in a 41mm case and is just 10mm thick. And like the original model from 41 years ago, the first thing that grabs you about this watch is its strong and well-finished case. The octagonal bezel is mirror polished and gleams brightly under direct light. Its construction is interesting because it breaks into a ring at the base where it meets the case. The case is largely satin-brushed, which offers a great visual contrast to the smartly polished bezel.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 will be offered with a blue or white dial, and both dials will be stamped with Clous de Paris patterns. Depending on the angle at which light falls on the watch, the dial can take on numerous shades. For example, under direct light, the blue dial variant of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 appears as a brilliant and shimmering shade of blue; but under shade, it turns dark and looks almost black.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This color-changing "ability" of dials (and in some more rare instances other components) is one of the cooler and more timelessly fascinating techniques watchmakers use to make a piece look more visually interesting – and to keep things that way over a longer period of time. For the white dial variant, it looks silvery under direct light and turns creamy when under a shade.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Another design element to note here is that the Clous de Paris pattern only extends up to the hour markers. The chapter ring for the minute markers is slightly raised and in an ever so slightly different shade of its respective dial color. The applied indices, the recessed brand logo at 12, and model name at 6 help add some extra depth to the dial – with that said, a no-date alternative that allowed the hobnail pattern to really extend all across the dial would have been nice to have.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Decently sized baton-shaped hands inspired by the 1975 version ensure that legibility isn’t too much of an issue. The blue-dial variant is obviously the easier of the two to read, but the white dial one isn’t too bad either – and definitely better in real life than images would suggest. Lovers of the original version will also be pleased that Girard-Perregaux has put the GP logo back in its place, replacing the baton marker at 12 o’clock. Last but not least, the hands and hour markers are all filled with luminescent material. All in all, the Girard Perregaux has scaled the Laureato back in a rather tasteful, and yet convincingly not too conservative way – the proportions of the case, bezel and dial appear to be spot on, which may seem to be a given thing, but is actually a difficult feat to pull off.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In keeping with the heritage of the Laureato collection, the new Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 also has an integrated H-bracelet that features a mix of mirror polishing and satin brushing. It also has a very discreet butterfly clasp which is easy to operate and doesn’t break up the look of the bracelet.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The movement within the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 is Girard-Perregaux’s in-house caliber GP03300-0030. It’s a 27-jewel automatic movement that beats at 28,800 bph and has a power reserve of 46 hours. While this time-only caliber is nothing particularly crazy-looking, the sapphire caseback still allows owners to view the extensively decorated winding rotor and movement plates.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Taken as a whole, the new Girard-Perregaux Laureato 2016 is a handsome-looking sports watch, and our only main gripe is its rather hefty price tag of $14,300 – as it is clearly going up against the likes of Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak or Patek Philippe's Nautilus. girard-perregaux.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (7)
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  • word-merchant

    I very much like this, but hell’s teeth, is it way overpriced. $5-6k I could accept; $14k, no way.

  • Richard Patmore

    First thought, “Oh, what a nice new Audemars Piguet. Oh wait, it’s a GP!” So prestigious brands borrow their designs from each other as well? Then I shouldn’t feel bad when I buy a quality homage watch.

    • ConElPueblo

      Royal Oak Light

      • imageWIS

        No, that’s the IWC Ingenieur, which was also designed by Genta and the 40mm version is a far more logical $6,100 retail, and they can be had for around $4K Mint, with full kit.

  • IanE

    Big price, tiny movement. Shame as it’s a pretty dial and case.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    We are approaching a point where we see more of these overpriced “sport” watches then desk divers. It certainly should loose the date window. Still it looks a bit flashy for the office and a bit blunt outside of work. Ohhh, and as usual a bit overpriced.

  • Borys Bozzor Pawliw

    I like the look, but the movement’s power reserve is a little on the low side. And the price! Look, if you like the watch, go for it, but I have a sinking feeling this will be one of the worst performing watches in terms of retained value vs. RRP (but I bet there will be HUGE discounts offered with this)

  • outremer

    Next please.

  • Ryan

    Wow what a complete stinker! $14,000!!!!! I can buy 3 better watches for that price, this is beyond the pale!

  • BNABOD

    I am not seeing the attraction. I am also not a fan of the AP so could be why, never clicked w the look.
    Like others have said drop the date drop the price and then you might have something conpetitice in the plain Jane department.

  • SuperStrapper

    I was going to say this is a decent VC overseas for the common man, but at $14k it’s actually just a kick in the teeth for a common idiot.

    • srs144

      Ouch. Harsh. But true.

  • BrJean

    A circle inside octagon inside circle… Case is too busy for me.

  • FrankD51

    Way overpriced for what it is. I had one of those older quartz versions back in the mid-80’s, no need to revisit that era. Overall it just looks too dated.

  • benjameshodges

    Looks like a Royal Oak and a Nautilus had a regrettable night together. I was almost on board, thinking “this will be a decent alternative to the APRO and PPN from GP, without the insane mark-up” until I saw the frankly shameful price. This is a faux watch with a faux history priced to scam unknowing buyers.

  • Alistair Russell

    Incredibly derivative and way way overpriced for what it is.

  • DanW94

    I think it’s a good looking watch, but price wise, a bit high. GP’s own 1966 dress style watch in steel is a three hand with date and uses the same exact movement, but comes in at roughly 6,000 cheaper. Can’t see that this dial or bracelet or the “sport” design justify that kind of increase.

  • IVA the LT

    Looks like the love child between a Royal Oak and an Overseas.

    • Yaya Meals

      Exactly.

  • Marius

    What a great idea Girard-Perregaux had: make a watch that copies the dial and case of the Royal Oak, while the bracelet copies that of the Nautilus. Granted, it’s a bit better looking than the original model–which is atrociously ugly–but it still looks like a cheap copy.

    Given that an AP Royal Oak 15400st is only a bit more expensive, and taking into consideration the lackluster state of the industry, forcing brands to reduce prices, I can predict, with a 98% probability that Girard-Perregaux won’t be able to sell more than 10 units of this watch.

    • Beefalope

      You’re right in every way.

    • JimBob

      The bracelet looks OK from a distance, but what’s with the huge gaps?

  • Mark Baran

    I really like it. I enjoyed the review until the part about the price. Gimme a break. That’s ridiculous.

  • Beefalope

    First off, the price is obscene. Anyone who pays anywhere near this much for this watch is an imbecile. There are countless watches that are much better than this thing in this price range.

    Also, what’s going on with the bezel design elements? You have an octagon surrounded by a circle. It looks terrible, like the people who designed the watch couldn’t commit themselves.

  • Beefalope

    The more I look at it, the more I hate it.

    Even the movement finishing looks pedestrian, particularly at this ludicrous price point.

    I don’t remember ever being offended by a watch, but this one does the trick. It’s for watches like this that four-letter words were invented.

  • Flávio Maia

    14400$ for a steel GP? No, thanks…

    • Chaz

      Yeah but GPs can easily be heavily discounted…

      • Flávio Maia

        And this will damage the already damaged GP image…

        • Sarthak Sharma

          You can probably head over to most any watch forum in about a year and find one for a more appropriate $7-8k.

  • Chaz

    Ooooohh Oooooohh Oooooooohhh Mr Kotter!!!! Look at ME!! MEEEEEE!!! I ALSO have an integrated case/bracelet watch for those that REALLY love 70s integrated case/bracelet styling!!

    I’m sure anyone that truly wants a Nautilus or Royal Oak might seriously consider the Laureato if they can’t quite come up with the coin for the former two. NOT.

  • Flávio Maia

    I think that one screw is missing at the case back; and there´s another one that seems to be rusty. Am i dreaming? Look at the picture, please.

    • word-merchant

      I think you’re right. Good spot.

    • Bossman

      Heehee and all that for a mere $14k!

  • funNactive

    The look doesn’t scream, “I need it” & the price says, “look elsewhere”.

  • Ulysses31

    This could’ve been a quite beautiful watch if not for that octagonal element. As it is, it looks like a wannabe Bulgari. The smooth integration between the case and bracelet is really nice. Unfortunately, the pricing is stupid and the design is off, which makes this a fail.

  • spiceballs

    Agree with others, mostly inoffensive but way overpriced for a graduate. GP foot shot?

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Very nice at US $5k-maybe 6k. But at this pricing, just ridiculous.

    Good review Mr. Yeo.

  • ??????

    We all know what happens to GP: they are being sold at 25-40% of MSRP. So this one would be DEFINITELY much cheaper than AP RO/PP Ns/VC Os. But… somehow, I like VC Os most from all those.

  • Mike Burdine

    Nice looking not as garish as an AP. I agree that it is over priced.

  • otaking241

    It’s a shame that GP never developed a strong and distinctive design language to carry the brand into the mainstream. An impressive horological pedigree by any standard and manufacturer of some great movements, their watches are all over the map design- and price-wise, making it hard to recommend over almost any other brand operating in any but the lowest price brackets. This watch is a case in point: design elements that work wonderfully on the AP RO just look bad in this implementation, and the price is completely disconnected from reality. Why bother?

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