Bamford and Nike? You read that right. It’s no secret that I am a big fan of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato. To me it’s a quietly spoken grail watch in that hotly contested category of integrated bracelet sports watches. Its slim case design and smooth ergonomic bracelet make this an easy collection favourite. So much so that it’s included in a list of Nautilus alternatives here. But now, BAM! FORD! (sorry), the lead purveyor of custom chic in collaboration with some of the biggest players of 2020, has dropped a white-hot ceramic version of the GP classic, the Laureato Ghost. To make up a killer two-watch collection, I’d pair it with the gloss-black onyx dial version we covered here. Perhaps the perfect ebony and ivory pairing.
At the same time, Hypebeast has given us the perfect new white leather kicks from Nike in matching ice-cool white and black shades with a tough rollercoaster buckle on a soft black leather strap. What at first seem like small details, transform the Timeless Nike Air into a fighting-fresh urban contender for 2020. Combining forces, we’re looking at some true monochromatic magic from Bamford and Nike.
Crisp is the word in this 1017 ALYX SM x Nike Air Force 1 High collab made from premium tumbled leather to be released in early 2021. With sleek black accents and soft white leather, the large black belt buckle completes what is a fresh reimagining in stark black and white.
The Girard-Perregaux 45th anniversary Laureato Ghost is based on the comfortable 38mm version and the ultra-fresh white ceramic is accented with the black of the Bamford Watch Department, resulting in a unique blend of frostbite-cool wearability. This is especially prominent on the dial with its traditional Clous de Paris light-catching pattern, a polar white icy background for the black GP logo at 12 and the recognisable strong shape of the matched indices and sword hands.
Lithe, even on the bracelet, the ceramic is lighter than titanium and endows the Laureato Ghost with a particular smooth charm hard to put into words. You’ll find it available both on a white leather band and that irresistibly smooth H-link bracelet. Whichever one you plump for, the combination of smooth lightness and killer looks is irresistible.
The charming balance of the flowing case with the octagon within a circle still sounds unnatural yet still blends into perfect cohesion. Favourite detail? The whimsical stripy counterweight of the seconds hand. So yes, this is Haute Horlogerie of the best remixed kind: every intrinsic detail that makes the Laureato such a great watch is present, down to the last sharp black index, while sexed up by the Bamford Watch Department in inimitable style.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Ghost is 10,300 GBP on leather, and 12,000 GBP on a ceramic bracelet.
Read about the awesome collaboration between 1017 ALYX 9SM and Nike on the Air Force 1 High here on Hypebeast: https://hypebeast.com/2020/11/1017-alyx-9sm-nike-air-force-1-high-black-white-cq4018-101-release