The Girard-Perregaux Laureato is a lesser-known, but no less historic participant of the so-called luxury steel sports watch world than any other. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak came first in 1972, followed — in many a watch lover’s mind — by the Patek Philippe Nautilus in 1976. What many tend to forget is that the Girard-Perregaux Laureato is indeed the closest successor of the Royal Oak, having debuted in 1975, further adding to the Laureato’s legitimacy in this highly competitive segment.
That said, what has hindered its recent past was its long-standing absence and lack of model updates… All of which has changed but a few years back when Girard-Perregaux entirely re-designed and relaunched the Laureato collection — the new Infinity Edition line is the continuation of that story. Available in 42mm and 38mm versions and sold exclusively across select Wempe points of sale in Germany as well as its New York and London flagship stores for a limited period, these new pieces mark an exclusive agreement between both companies. So, why “Infinity?” These pieces are named after their use of onyx dials, all painstakingly made and polished by hand to bring out their deep, pitch black beauty.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Infinity Edition in 42mm is priced at €12,900, while the diamond-set 38mm version is €16,300.
Words: David B.