6 December 2017
The Laureato, an iconic Girard-Perregaux watch, is back—exactly 50 years after the release of The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman, after whose Italian title it was named (at the suggestion of Girard-Perregaux’s Italian distributor at the time). Created in 1975, it not coincidentally became the classic gift for young men when they had finished their university studies, and has undergone restyling several times over the years: the most recent in 2016, when it was brought out in a limited edition to mark the 250th anniversary of the manufacture. This has now been followed by an “off-the-shelf” version. While the design is softer, with revised proportions, its octagonal bezel and case integrated with the bracelet remain unmistakable. In addition, it has acquired new, painstaking finishes: a fine contrast of polished and matt surfaces underlines the whole profile of the watch and enhances the H-shaped links of the bracelet, which is flexible and comfortable on the wrist. Available in steel, in rose gold, with diamonds too, or in titanium and rose gold, the new “time–only” collection has a large number of references (around thirty) and is divided into three different sizes, with diameters of 42, 38 or 34 mm, to suit the tastes of a broad swathe of the public. The largest and intermediate models have self-winding movements, obviously made in-house, while the smallest is driven by a quartz movement, as was the original. And just like the original all have a guilloché dial, decorated with a Clou de Paris pattern, in different colors: silver, anthracite or blue.