Girard-Perregaux Laureato Black Ceramic Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Black Ceramic Hands-On

Whether it’s reasonable or not, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato is one of a few extravagance sports watches that will be compared to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Patek Philippe Nautilus ad nauseam upon the simple notice of its name. In any case, when Girard-Perregaux declared a dark ceramic rendition of the Laureato for SIHH 2018, I was encouraged at the execution of the richly basic answer for continually being compared to juggernauts like those previously mentioned watches. That arrangement, obviously, is to offer something they don’t. Establishing an unmistakable connection with a steel, two-tone, or gold games watch in this field is extreme. Truly intense. Except for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar dark ceramic watch , there are actually no ceramic alternatives from the typical suspects in this space. Thus, how can it passage in person?

All pictures by Ariel Adams

It may come off somewhat pompous, yet it truly is critical to remember how ceramic feels when you hold and wear it. I held the ceramic Laureato model in one hand and a steel Laureato model in the other and there was only no psychological cacophony about the ceramic inclination immensely predominant in all respects. Furthermore, to the extent the utilization of a dark ceramic, I’m not saying this since I love dark, yet there is clearly a significant improvement between a dark ceramic watch and one that is in steel and has dark DLC. The scratch-confirmation (however as a matter of fact powerless against, all things considered, breaking under the most dire outcome imaginable) and lightweight ceramic case and arm band of the Laureato really offer something that no other competitor truly does at this moment and the execution by Girard-Perregaux merits high praise.


Measuring 42mm wide and 11.13mm thick, I discovered these to be ideal estimations in a watch I’d wear with a 7.5 inch wrist. That being said, there is likewise a 38mm wide model that I have positively no interest in wearing. However, it’s in every case great to have a more modest choice of course.

The first thing one notification about the Laureato is clearly the octagonal bezel outlining the dial and a significant delay of mine was with respect to the interaction of the octagonal bezel with the ring underneath it interfacing with the case. Luckily, the differentiation of the brushed octagonal bezel against the smooth ring gives enough textural variety. Something else, the dark on dark would risk simply crashing and burning and looking apathetic. The remainder of the case and arm band is likewise brushed, with the middle connections being cleaned (much the same as on the steel and gold models).

The watch is practically all dark except for the hands, files, and text on the dial however Girard-Perregaux’s current Laureato configuration luckily gives enough visual brio to have character and character. The Clou de Paris hobnail design on the dial glances incredible face to face, similarly as in photographs. What’s intriguing here is that the content on the dial is the most neat of any Laureato and what I figured out how to appreciate unexpectedly truly is the textual style of the content. It’s something little yet the textual style utilized on the dial text and date window numerals is essentially tastefully amazing to me when taking a gander at the dial cohesively.


Turning the watch over uncovers the display caseback, which is indistinguishable from that of the other 42mm Laureato watches, flaunting the programmed in-house GP 1800 development. The development estimates 29.90mm wide and 4.16mm thick, and works at 28,800 vph with a 54 hour power hold. I discover the “Production Girard Perregaux” text on the rotor to be unpalatably enormous to the point that it’s what I’d anticipate from a knockoff that never needs you to fail to remember the brand name. I do wish there was some extra energy on the development to coordinate the dark ceramic bundle, however. Perhaps some dark rhodium treatment to have it network with the general disposition of the piece?

As I recently referenced, there are no ceramic alternatives from Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, or Audemars Piguet. With the Nautilus in steel beginning at $22,000, the Overseas in steel beginning at $20,900, and the 41mm mechanical Royal Oak in steel beginning at $17,800, these watches cost more than the Girard-Perregaux Laureato in dark ceramic. Estimated at $16,700, this watch responds to that irritating inquiry that so many watch purchasers have asked themselves: “for that cash why not get X?” Well, on the off chance that you need a watch of this type taking all things together ceramic, there could be no other game around. Once more, my hat’s off to Girard-Perregaux for this watch in both idea and all the more significantly, execution. girard-perregaux.com