Girard-Perregaux has been one busy watchmaker this week with two Laureato launches already announced. And the week is barely halfway through.
First up, we had the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton. This is a completely few fresh addition to the collection. Rendered in a 42mm pink gold case and another in white gold case, the watch features a self-winding movement — the caliber GP09520-0001 — which takes on an architectural similarity to the earlier announced Laureato Skeleton’s movement.
Now, here’s a theory: The black PVD treatment on the fixed elements of the caliber GP09520-0001 might be tell-tale for a future watch to come. Because, using the Laureato Skeleton’s caliber GP01800-0006, Girard-Perregaux also announced this week, a second watch, the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic.
You see, with all of the new watches being created in the 42mm form factor and with the skeletonized bridges having this PVD treatment, what Girard-Perregaux is possibly trying for is modularity. Take for instance the Laureato Skeleton. With this watch that one movement, the GP01800-0006, has been fitted into a pink gold, white gold and then into the black ceramic version of the Laureato Skeleton.
If intuition is served right, it would suggest that the same 42mm pink gold and white gold case and bracelets were used to fit the new movement of the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton into, the GP09520-000. Therefore, further suggesting that a Flying Tourbillon Skeleton variation of the black ceramic Laureato isn’t too far off.
Speculation aside, here’s what we have to celebrate: Girard-Perregaux has very successfully managed to create a form with the Laureato that they’ve managed to create a fresh collection upon, and grow it rapidly, along the train of thought of what is of appeal to the modern-day watch buyer.