Hey! Ho! Laureato! Checking out Girard-Perregaux’s hot panda chronographFelix Scholz
Before we start, I feel I should apologise for the above headline. Only, I’m not sure if I should apologise to the Ramones or Girard-Perregaux. Perhaps both.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato was reborn at SIHH 2017 — from humble mid-70s beginnings. Since then we’ve seen the sporty collection gradually expand to encompass all the usual complications and finishings – skeletons, tourbillons, perpetual calendars and the rest. But the one we’re most into is, without doubt, the chronograph. In the mainline collections (women’s and Absolute versions aside), there are two main options (for now): a delicious shimmering blue, or this handsome silvery panda.
There’s a lot to like in this dial. Texture! Colour! Layout! But it’s not the only trick the Laureato Chronograph has on offer. The 42mm case and bracelet are just as sharp, and stand out on the wrist. There’s a sophisticated mix of shapes and finishes. Circle meets octagon and is interspersed with brushed and mirror polish. A nice touch is the octagonal screw-down chronograph pushers, and the subtle crown guards. In fact, the whole ensemble works seamlessly as a chic, stylish offering. All backed up by a solid, in-house movement.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph price
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph, 42mm steel with silver dial, $20,500 AUD