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Laureato Chronograph

Ever since the Girard-Perregaux Laureato returned at Baselworld 2016, it’s been apparent that this model is where the brand is investing its future.

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Last year, GP unveiled 34 new additions to the collection. At SIHH this year (GP returned here last year), there was the addition of a new complication. The Laureato Chronograph is a clear next step in growing the line to compete with some of the more iconic models in this crowded segment of the watch industry, namely the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus.

And while the Laureato hasn’t had the cultural signoff we’ve seen the Royal Oak and the Nautilus have in recent years, it has the history to back up this continued growth. In the early 1970s, when the market for a sporty, everyday watch was becoming evident (thanks, Gérald Genta), the Laureato was the second watch released – after the Royal Oak – from this burgeoning design school.

Just like last year’s new releases, the Laureato Chronograph comes in a variety of materials and sizes to appeal to a wide customer base: either a rose-gold or stainless-steel case in 34 mm or 38 mm and the choice of three dial colors (silver, black and dark blue).

All the new models are distinctly recognizable as the Laureato; the polished octagonalbezel, the clous de Paris hobnail dial and the interlinked bracelet are all present and accounted for. Prices range from $12,900 to $33,300.

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