Laureato –A Progressive Iconic Watch with Many Faces
Watch aficionados and collectors have been awaiting its return for years: Following the successful launch of the Laureato in a limited edition in 2016 on the occasion of the company’s 225th anniversary, it takes now a permanent place in the portfolio of Girard-Perregaux. This contemporary watch combines a progressive, unique design with a flair for detail, high-end watchmaking and perfect taste. These attributes are those of a truly iconic watch, which finds its way through time with effortless ease.
The Laureato collection has grown meanwhile to become a complete product family. Equipped with Haute Horlogerie complications, powered by self-winding or quartz movements and housed in cases available in three diameters as well as versions made of steel, gold, two-tone steel & gold or ceramic, the Laureato collection has never yet been this extensive and varied. With more than 50 references, this watchmaking legend is living up to its true potential.
Bridges – The Perfect Combination of Aesthetics and TechnicsThis design combines design expertise with cutting-edge technological knowledge: The Bridges models are an example of Girard-Perregaux’ inspired creativity and experienced craftsmanship. They stand out by the quality of their mechanisms, their exceptional finish and their pursuit of perfect beauty. To design and to produce them demands not only an extreme level of technological expertise, but also exceptional artistic savoir-faire.
Iconic watches such as the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, are the physical manifestation of this skilled craftsmanship, which has been perfected over two centuries. This model and other Bridges models with tourbillon and minute repeater compose a varied collection that renews the traditional art of high-end watchmaking.
1966 – Exact Elegance
Since the 1960s, Girard-Perregaux has been one of the very few watch companies to have its own Research & Development team. In 1966, it presented the first high-frequency watch movement, beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour, the goal of which was to achieve exceptional precision-timing performance. The 1966 collection pays tribute to this period by integrating the fruits of the Manufacture’s permanent commitment to innovation, notably expressed through self-winding calibers and particularly refined cases.
Today, the 1966 collection distinguishes itself by several distinctively elegant characteristics: the case is topped by a slim, delicately polished bezel framing a generous opaline or smoky grey dial, protected by a sapphire crystal glass and swept over by the line’s signature “leaf-shaped” hands. The transparent case-back reveals a mechanism meticulously straight-grained, chamfered, circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève.
Cat’s Eye – Watches Can Be So Sensual
Girard-Perregaux appeals also to women with a love of fine watchmaking. The highly distinctive Cat’s Eye collection has been exercising its seductive charm for more than a decade. It eloquently proves that mechanical movements and their complications are perfectly suited to the sensual shapes of this delightfully feminine watch. From exquisite simplicity to incredible complexity, the Cat’s Eye plays with the countless possibilities afforded by Haute Horlogerie and welcomes romantic new compositions.
The History of the Girard-Perregaux Brand
Founded in 1791, the company Girard-Perregaux is fully dedicated to the creation of exceptional Haute Horlogerie timepieces and the development of high-precision movements. It is one of the rare Swiss watch manufactures to unite under one roof the entire range of skills – encompassing both movements and exterior elements – involved in developing and producing timepieces. One of the brand’s most famous creations is the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, a model combining technical mastery and outstanding expertise in design. 100 patents are currently held by Girard-Perregaux, which has thus decisively contributed to the history of Haute Horlogerie.