New treat for luxury watch collectors

Sometimes even a tiny hint of colour can completely refresh a classic piece…

On Monday, the Girard Perregaux brand unveiled a blue version of its Laureato Absolute Light watch in collaboration with Bucherer. As you might expect, the 44mm diameter watch shares several key design elements with the original 1970s model, including an octagonal base, along with a number of new features. What we can notice first is the fact that the limited edition watch now offers a transparent case created from sapphire, which is held in place thanks to titanium groves. The case presents us with the famous Bucherer blue color inside its octagonal element, giving collectors insight into the details of the operation of the GP01800-1143 automatic mechanism.

An additional two titanium lugs tie the sapphire case to a strap created from a specialized Girard-Perregaux rubber alloy. The grey strap, injected with titanium and finished with the texture of the effect of the material, was presented last year. According to the watch brand, its specialized rubber is far simpler to shape and more resistant than the standard.

The Laureato Absolute Light Bucherer also caters to modern collectors with a number of exposed components, including a skeletonized gold oscillating weight. The skeletonized hour and minute hands on the dial also provide an unobstructed view of the self-winding mechanism. Other details such as bridges with NAC treatment and a circular satin finish, along with a spring with variable inertia, add to the whole story.

“Girard-Perregaux is a brand whose origins are rooted in a spirit of collaboration. For example, they united all the founders of the 18th century under one roof, to form one of the earliest producers”, explains Patrick Pruniax, CEO of the Girard-Perregaux brand. "Laureato Absolute Light Bucherer Blue is a perfect example of that ethos, which still exists today," he added.

Available in a limited edition of just 18 copies, the Laureato Absolute Light Bucherer watch can be yours for $ 94,770, and is available for purchase exclusively at select Bucherer boutiques.

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