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INTRODUCING: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Ti49

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Ti49.

The watchmaker is paving the way for the Laureato’s 50th anniversary in 2025.

Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato may have been birthed around the same time as the other luxury sports watch models we love, but it has a somewhat different origin. Designed by Milanese architect Adolfo Natalini, the Laureato’s form is based on architectural principles, with a great visual balance. The Laureato has seen many unusual materials used with its signature form, but it may surprise you to learn that grade 5 titanium has been absent up till now. Hypoallergenic, lightweight, strong, and with excellent tensile strength, it is also the only grade of titanium to offer a mirror finish. It’s understandably the perfect material for a luxury sports watch.

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Ti49.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Ti49.

Just ahead of its 50th anniversary next year, Girard-Perregaux is introducing a titanium case, which leads us to think that something related must be brewing in the coming months. The Laureato Chronograph Ti49 (the number being a reference to its age this year) features a chronograph movement and holds close to the original design language of the Laureato from 1975. The multiple facets and shapes that make up the construction of the watch are emphasised in the different finishes applied to elements of the titanium case: brushed on the octagonal bezel and tonneau case, and mirror-finished on the sides, circular plinth, and middle links of the integrated bracelet.

A closer look at the many layers, facets and textures of the Laureato's case and dial, which emphasises its architectural influence.
A closer look at the many layers, facets and textures of the Laureato’s case and dial, which emphasise its architectural influence.

To match the darker grey hue of the metal, Girard-Perregaux has made the hands, indexes, and dial markings in a similar shade. The dial itself is a deep charcoal, with a Clous de Paris guilloché pattern that adds greater texture to the entire watch. The movement within is the GP03300, which is self-winding and has a vertical clutch and column wheel to control the chronograph’s operation. Unfortunately, the caseback is closed, so you can’t see the movement.

The casebook of the watch features an engraving of the Laureato Chronograph.
The caseback of the watch features an engraving of the Laureato Chronograph.

The original Laureato was a stunning watch, and updating it to 2024 with a new material somehow feels like Natalini is once more casting a sharp eye over the collection. We look forward to seeing what the watchmaker will introduce at the upcoming fair and, more importantly, in 2025 as the Laureato turns 50.



Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.

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