When Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato timepiece was reintroduced in 2016 as a limited-edition tribute to the original design, JCK’s editor-in-chief and staff watch expert Victoria Gomelsky described it as “the perfect boyfriend watch.”
The just-released summer 2018 editions of the 1970s style icon certainly play to this idea, but were designed specifically with women in mind.
The hallmarks of the classic 1975 model—an octagonal bezel and Clou de Paris hobnail-patterned dial—converge with a palette of Kool-Aid colors and brilliant-cut diamonds to form a new ladies’ Laureato that’s bursting with personality. And begging to be worn on the tennis court, by the pool, wherever summer takes you.
Available in 34 mm and 38 mm, the five new models come fitted with either a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap in the same shade as the painted-finish dial.
The 34 mm versions are driven by an in-house quartz movement (GP13100), while the 38 mm versions feature a self-winding mechanical movement (GP03300), 218 components, and a power reserve up to 46 hours.
Each watch is limited to 75 pieces.
We’re loving the entire quintet, but were particularly taken with the perfectly summery, sport-luxe vibe of the rubber strap styles, which are showcased below. (Since the original Laureato was designed by an architect in Milan, the colorways are noted in Italian.)
Top: Two of the new Laureato ladies’ watches from Girard-Perregaux. Both the 34 mm (left), $10,100, and the 38 mm, $15,200, are fitted with stainless steel bracelet straps.
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