Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph 38mm Ref 81040-11- 431-11A: Malaysia Price and Review

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Clocking in with Girard-Perregaux’s latest masterpiece.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph 38mm Ref 81040-11- 431-11A

In the year 1975, Girard Perregaux unveiled their very first quartz chronometer dubbed the Laureato. The watch was an overnight success due to its fresh design and modern aesthetics. Taking on the likes of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and Piaget’s Polo S, the watch was elegant and slim, making it a hit with the younger crowd despite the onslaught of cheaper quartz alternatives thanks to the Japanese.

In 1995, Girard-Perregaux tweaked the Laureato briefly with an automatic movement for their 20th Anniversary and, just two years ago, brought the model back into the watchmaker’s fold. This time, though, with an updated look that would put the brand back on top.

The new design features gently sloping lugs that sit elegantly over the wrist. The flattened hexagonal bezel and a friendlier bracelet with centre links running the entire length offers a sleeker and more comfortable appeal while the dial retains its unique guilloche design but now features stronger markers and hands for easier readability.

This year’s SIHH unveiled new chronograph offerings which we think are truly handsome. Featuring a more flexible bracelet and tasteful, contrasting details, the retains much of its 1970s vibe yet somehow feels very new. Looking at the watch, you would be surprised the Laureato name is 43 years old.

The watch uses the in-house manufacture Calibre GP03300-0134/0136/0137 movement with a chronograph function that’s been proven to be reliable and precise as seen in the other Girard-Perregaux timepieces that use the same movement. The stainless steel 38mm case with the dark blue dial (Ref. 81040-11- 431-11A) is easily the best pick of the crop (other variations include steel with black or white dial, and pink gold with dark blue dial).

We like the universally flattering 38mm, but of course there’s also a 42mm offering for bigger wrists. Covered in delicate Clou de Paris guilloché, the dial is legible and classically laid out, with three sub-dials, and a date squeezed in between the four and five o’clock. The contrasting steel case and dark blue dial exudes a calm and serene vibe for both boardroom meetings and beachside barbeques. As of now, there’s no denying Girard-Perregaux has really carved out an icon with the Laureato that’s definitely set to bring forth more interesting designs in the coming years.

 Case

38mm steel

 Dial

Dark blue with 'Clou de Paris' pattern

 Movement

Self-winding Calibre GP03300-0134/0136/0137

 Bracelet 

Steel

 Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date

 Power  Reserve

46 hours

Price

Approximately RM57,000

Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.