Girard-Perregaux has unveiled a brand-new chronograph Laureato at the FAI (as in Festival Automobile International), an absolute must in the event world, with which the brand is also in partnership with. This Laureato Absolute Passion model is a 50 piece-limited edition and a glistening timepiece whose conception was inspired by the racing world—a world for which the Swiss manufacture is an all-time enthusiast.
With this new distinguished and innovating Laureato Absolute Passion model, Girard-Perregaux establishes without the shadow of a doubt a chronograph that is chiselled for racing. The manufacture has been a long-time partner of the FAI, and as such, it has conceived numerous instruments specifically designed for sports, all for the greatest pleasure of car racing lovers. Much like the 1975 version, which rose to become a true icon, it associates a circular case to an octagonal bezel, and is available in a rich choice of colour shades in order to form the most emblematic collection of the Maison yet. And today, this great family of instruments welcomes a new uncompromising red addition.
Though blue has always been the brand’s favourite colour for the Laureato series, not knowing red is Girard-Perregaux’s go-to shade for his most historic and emblematic chronographs is simply unforgivable. This powerful and sensual hue tints not only the three sub-dials and the index on the front of the watch, but also the middle part of the fabric effet rubber bracelet, along with the topstitch thread. The final look is enhanced by the black PVD finish on the 44 mm-wide titanium case. A generous dimension that allows for easy reading on the dial. The displays are also luminous in the dark for optimal and consistent lisibility, which is crucial given how sports-oriented the watch is.
This chronograph is animated by an automatic calibre that was entirely assembled in the manufacture’s workshops of Chaux-de-Fonds. The calibre is inlaid with pearls, engraved, decorated with ‘Côtes de Genève’, and to add to these remarkable finishing touches, the watch has an autonomy of approximately fourty-six hours. Add to that incredible waterproof performances up to 300 metres—which is rare among watches that were not designed for diving—and you get a good picture of what this model is all about.