The brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds has given its landmark Laureato watch an immaculate ceramic coat, with whiteness accentuated by the play of light made by brilliant-cut diamonds

Even though it is celebrating its 43th anniversary this year, the Laureato model by Girard-Perregaux has not aged a bit since its birth in 1975. Its apparent simplicity makes it something essential in the watchmaking landscape, and means it can be given almost endless forms. After the black Laureato 42mm Ceramic model, introduced in late 2017, the brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds has produced a more feminine version draped in an immaculate white coat: Laureato 38mm White Ceramic.

Without welded lugs, this new addition to the Laureato collection features a 38mm-wide ceramic case. The advantage of this technical material is threefold; it is light, scratch-proof and – because it’s white! – highly luminous. We may also add that it is very soft to the touch.

girard perregaux laureato 38 white ceramic closeup

The octagonal bezel with rounded angles – made of steel, like the crown – is embellished by 56 brilliant-cut diamonds of different sizes; seen from the front and with a romantic eye, it evokes a precious flower in bloom, opening its dazzling petals.

The watch dial features a white, silvery disc dominated by the “Clous de Paris” motif and encircled by a minute track, painted black. The hour rim is made up of applied indices coated with luminescent material. In the centre, two stick-shaped hands, together with a silver second hand, display the hours, minutes and seconds. And at 3 o’clock, a counter shows the date in black against a white background.

On the back, a crystal glass window unveils the engine driving the Laureato 38mm White Ceramic: an automatic movement providing 46 hours of power reserve.

This watch designed by Girard-Perregaux is worn on the wrist with a white ceramic strap, with alternating satin and brushed links to catch the light, or white rubber.

Price: 17,400 CHF (white ceramic strap) – 15,100 CHF (black rubber strap)

By Sharmila Bertin

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