A very exclusive watch that is only being released on Girard-Perregaux’s e-commerce platform for the U.S. and U.K for the first month. If that was not exclusive enough it is limited to only 88 pieces and is priced at $17,700. Despite its exclusivity I would love to see other watch manufacturers as well as Girard-Perregaux make this particular watch especially that casing more accessible. I will go into more detail as to what makes this watch have not only that price tag but also be limited to 88 pieces.
One thing you will immediately notice is the case of the watch. The striking grey in contrast with that blue will definitely get your attention, more importantly this is not just simple metal. Instead, the case of this watch is made out of carbon glass. Which has been formed out of layers of carbon fibre and fibreglass which is then treated to high temperature and pressure. This gives the case a matte, textured finish and due to this procedure of making the case every single watch will be slightly unique to one another. The bezel of the watch in part has the same manufacturing process as the case but it is enriched with electric blue hues. This not only is to emphasise the shape of the watch but also allows the watch to have a very nice contrast with the grey casing and give it that incredible look.
Now for the key specifics of this watch, it comes at a case size of 44mm and the caseback of the watch does not have an exhibition display but rather comes with it being secured by 6 screws engraved with the Laureato Absolute logo. The water resistance is rated at 50m so even though it is somewhat water resistance it is not suitable for water sports or diving. The strap is made out of rubber and the buckle is a titanium PVD folding buckle. The movement is the calibre GP03300 automatic movement which has an impressive power reserve of 46 hours. The watch is a chronograph and with this movement there is also a date indicator, hours and minutes and a small seconds indicator.
This watch is not only released as a way of showing what Girard-Perregaux is capable of especially when manufacturing a watch, but it is also a way to celebrate their 230th anniversary and the launch of their very own e-commerce platform. Although the platform is only available for people in the U.S. and the U.K. it will not be long before more countries are added into the list and are then able to purchase watches online from their store. I will definitely keep an eye on what else they will be producing in the future and also hope to see more watches utilise the same manufacturing process for their watches as this is definitely one of my favourite designs on a watch.