Unveiled in the context of the Geneva Watch Days 2023, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph 8Tech stands as a natural progression within the Laureato Absolute collection. In this particular instance, the embodiment takes the form of a 44mm Laureato Absolute, forged from the union of carbon and titanium composites, a synthesis accomplished via the enigmatic “Tech8” process.
Akin to the artistry of prepreg (reinforced) carbon fiber, the orchestration of “Tech8” adds an alluring twist with the infusion of titanium powder. This amalgamation yields slender sheets, meticulously superimposed to engender a substrate from which the watch’s case and bezel emerge before being hewn into the desired forms. It’s an aesthetic departure from conventional carbon fiber, with sinuous ripples akin to Damascus steel.
The gradient grey dial is accented by lighter shades of grey interwoven with finesse. The design presents a tridimensional tableau with Sandwich-style indices, discreet textual elements, three subdials, and the discrete date aperture nestled between the fourth and fifth markers.
Veiled by a smoky transparent case back, the heart of the Laureato Absolute Chronograph 8Tech is animated by the brand’s proprietary GP03300-1058 automatic calibre. This has a 4Hz beat rate and a power reserve of 46 hours.
This will set you back US$26,700 and is available from Girard-Perregaux retailers.