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Girard Perregaux Laureato

Posted by Iain Robb on

Girard Perregaux Laureato

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I’m going to perform a magic trick, I’m going to guess exactly what you’re thinking.

“That’s just a Royal Oak wannabe”

Was I right? Was that what you were thinking?

 

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On some level it’s an understandable observation, but one we at Watch Anish are not prepared to agree with.

 

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The Girard Perregaux Laureato is a reimagining of the initial release of this watch from 1975. Which the eagle-eyed and slightly obsessive amongst you will realise is still two years after the 1973 release of the Gerald Genta designed Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

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The rebuttal to that is that while it’s two years behind the Royal Oak, it’s still two years before the 1977 release of the Gerald Genta designed Nautilus.

If the Royal Oak predating the Laureato makes the GP offering a copy, then isn’t the Patek Philippe Nautilus just as derivative? So what if both the AP and the Patek are designed by the same man. It could be argued that all that really goes to show is that Gerald Genta was a one trick pony.

 

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“Hey, let’s make this case in the shape of an octagon, that’ll keep people happy.”

I don’t think it is fair to say that Gerald Genta was unimaginative, but, lets also admit, the guy didn’t invent the octagon. To the best of my knowledge he didn’t invent any diametric shapes.

 

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A famous octagon that oddly Gerald Genta had nothing to do with

 

As it says in the good book, Ecclesiastes 1:9 There is nothing new under the sun.

Everything is a version of something that went before it. octagons, much like sideburns and moustaches, were big in the 70’s.

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, here are a few quick facts about the Laureato family.

 

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Material:

Steel

Diameter:

42,00 mm

Height: 10,88 mm

Case-back: Sapphire crystal

Dial: Blue with “Clou de Paris” pattern

Water resistance: 10 ATM

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STRAP

Size: 27,00 / 18,00 mm

Material: Alligator Black

Buckle: Triple folding

Buckle material: Steel

 

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CALIBRE

Number: GP01800-0013

Type: Self-winding mechanical movement

Diameter: 30,00 mm (13 1/4”’)

Height: 3,97 mm

Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)

Number of components: 191

Jewels: 28

Oscillating weight: Steel

Finishes: Côtes de Genève, circular graining and bevelling

Power reserve: Min. 54 hours

 

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