Watchmaker Girard-Perregaux has collaborated with British auto marque Aston Martin to create two new Laureato timepieces.
Launched in 1975, the first Laureato features an octagonal bezel that sat atop a circular plinth which in turn was positioned above an angular tonneau-shaped case. The timeless design of the Laureato has attracted the admiration of enlightened commentators and watch aficionados alike.
Likewise, Aston Martin has repeatedly shown its prowess in sculpting iconic shapes that have never lost their eye appeal. Whether it’s a DB4 of the early 60s, a DBS V8 of the 70s, or a modern day Vantage, all models share the same attributed of elegance, quality and performance.
The new Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition, available in 38mm and 42mm versions, respects these timeless elements but employs ultra-modern ceramic for the bracelet and case, with both presented in Aston martin’s iconic British racing green.
The lightweight ceramic used in the new timepieces comprises zirconium oxide and metallic oxides and it’s the latter which imbues the material with its distinctive green hue. The zirconium oxide selected by Girard-Perregaux is composed of extremely fine powder, made of micro-beads, each measuring mere fractions of a micros in diameter (you’ll remember from science class that 1 micron measures 0.001mm). By using this specific grade of micro-bead, the structure of the bracelet and case exhibits a notable homogenous appearance.
Both versions of the Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition are housed in a slender case. The 42mm model is fitted with the Calibre GP01800, which the 38mm version is equipped with the Calibre GP03300. Both in-house movements are self-winding and can be admired through a see-through case-back, personalised with the Aston martin logo.
Consistent with the Maison’s reputation for making wonderful expressions of Haute Horlogerie, each movement is beautifully appointed. Circular graining features on the main plate, while other components are endowed with bevelling, mirror-polishing, satin finish, snailing, sunray finish and various engravings. The bridges are decorated with straight Côtes de Genève and the oscillating weight is embellished with circular Côtes de Genève. Lastly, the movements have a power reserve of at least 46 hours (38mm) and 54 hours (42mm).
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