Audemars Piguet set the stage for a new trend in high-end watches with their 1972 launch of the Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak. Featuring a large steel tonneau case and integrated bracelet, the Royal Oak would be the forerunner of competing models from Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, IWC, and many others. Girard-Perregaux's response was the Laureato, with an octagonal bezel and similarly oversized, integrated case and bracelet.
The original Laureato contained an in-house Caliber 705 quartz movement and was so-named to honor a new generation graduating from school. "Il Laureato" was also the Italian translation of the title of the famous American film, "The Graduate".
The 1975 Laureato was part of the trend of steel sports watches and two-tone watches. Many early examples feature a yellow gold bezel and a strip of yellow gold in the center of each bracelet link. These links were brushed across the width and featured polished sides. The quartz movement was remarkably slim, contributing to the profile of the watch.
1984 Equation Temps
The case evolved over time, as did the bracelet. The gold inner sections were now a functional separate component, with H-shaped steel links in between. In 1984, the quartz movement gained a calendar and equation of time capability. The date was displayed in a large subdial between the center and 12:00, giving it a distinctive look.
Girard-Perregaux introduced a mechanical option in the updated 1995 Laureato range. These used the company's GP3300 movement in a 36 mm or 38 mm case. The bracelet evolved, with wider inner pieces between wide-set H links.
Laureato Evo 3
In 2004 Girard-Perregaux launched the third-generation Laureato, beginning with a sporty chronograph model. Known as "Evo 3", the successive turned to modern design while still retaining the classic octagonal bezel that is signature of the Laureato line. A 46 mm tourbillon model was added in 2007 and a three-bridge tourbillon in 2012.
For 2016, Girard-Perregaux re-launched the Laureato line in a more dress-oriented case that strongly resembled the original. The new "Laureato 2016" measures 41 mm across and features a polished octagonal bezel like the original. White or blue Clous de Paris dials give depth and emphasize the company's finishing abilities. The chapter ring is elevated and polished, with markers every minute. The bracelet has the classic Girard-Perregaux brushed-finish "H" pattern with inset polished links.
- 34 mm
- 38 mm
- 42 mm
- Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42 mm - Cal. GP01800-0008 automatic
- Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar - Cal. GP01800-0033 automatic
- Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton - Cal. GP01800-0006 automatic
- Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph 42 mm - Cal. GP03300-0141 automatic chronograph
- Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton - Cal. GP09520-0001 automatic tourbillon
- 43 mm
- 45 mm