Over the past few years, luxury timepiece maker Girard-Perregaux has been crafting ceramic watches. For the first time, the Swiss brand has unveiled a watch with a green ceramic case and a bracelet as part of the new Laureato collection, launched in association with Aston Martin. Nickname the watch as you like it. Green Lantern? Hulk? The choice is yours.
Founded in 1791, Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest luxury watchmakers still in operation. On the other hand, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford founded Aston Martin in 1913; it is said that the brand was associated with grand touring cars, which were highly expensive, in the 1950s and the 1960s. With the iconic fictional character, James Bond, using a DB5 model in the 1964 film, Goldfinger, Aston Martin scaled greater heights of popularity.
The partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin is not old, if compared with other time-tested associations between timepiece makers and automobile manufactures. In fact, the collaboration started in 2021 with a host of offerings, ranging from a triple-bridge tourbillon watch to sports chronographs in racing green. The special editions in particular showcase the unique features and rich histories of both brands.
The new Laureato collection is available in 38 mm (Ref. 81005-32-3081-1CX, limited to 188 pieces) and 42 mm(Ref. 81010-32-3081-1CX, limited to 388 pieces). The watch comes as a monochromatic timepiece where the case, the octagonal bezel, the bracelet, the dial, the caseback and the crown are all green.
Despite the new material, everything remains the same, when compared with the 2021 stainless steel model. Coming to the dial, it is almost similar to that of the 2021 Laureato Chronograph. The difference: the date window is now at the standard 3 o’clock with a green background and white numerals and not at 4:30.
The cross-hatch, resembling a diamond pattern in British racing green, signifies the watchmaker’s association with Aston Martin. It takes inspiration from the AM logo and the quilted seats in the sports cars from the British automobile manufacturer. The hour, minute, and second hands along with hour markers get a black and white combination with Super-LumiNova. The watches have ‘baton’ type rhodium-plated indexes.
Powering both watches of the new Laureato collection is the in-house self-winding mechanical movement GP01800-2165 with minimum power reserves of 46 hours (38mm) and 54 hours (42mm). Turning the watches over reveals the transparent casebacks with bridges decorated with straight Côtes de Genève while the oscillating weights are embellished with circular Côtes de Genève, customised with the Aston Martin logo. Each caseback has six visible screws.
Finishing the watces are green ceramic, polished and satin-finished H-shaped bracelets. Irrespective of the size the wearer opts for, the watches come with 100-metre water resistance.