Pre-SIHH 2019: Girard-Perregaux

Girard-Perregaux gets into the pre-SIHH 2019 spirit with the Laureato Perpetual Calendar and three new Cat’s Eye timepieces.

Laureato Perpetual Calendar

In an ongoing effort to keep the Laureato collection in a steady state of growth, Girard-Perregaux has announced an all-new Laureato Perpetual Calendar as part of their pre-SIHH 2019 drive.

Keeping to the 42mm form factor, the watch has been unveiled in stainless steel with the familiar hobnail dial in blue. However, owing to the fact that this is a perpetual calendar, Girard-Perregaux has had to incorporate subdials and apertures to accommodate the necessary indications.

Starting with a date subdial at 2 o’clock, the month indicator at 5 o’clock with the months listed in an aperture just above. We also find a small subdial here that serves as the leap year indicator. Lastly, at 9 o’clock we have the days of the week in yet another subdial.

The watch is powered by the calibre GP01800-0033, a fresh movement developed from the ground up by Girard-Perregaux for the Laureato Perpetual Calendar. Ease of use on the new caliber is ensured by the fact that the date, month and leap year indicator can all be adjusted using the crown, both backwards and forward. The pusher at the 8 o’clock position on the case is there for you to independently adjust the day indicator. Power reserve on the piece is listed as a minimum of 54 hours.

The Cat’s Eye

Part two of Girard-Perregaux’s announcement for pre-SIHH centers around the Cat’s Eye, in three different executions with aventurine dials serving as a common denominator.

We start off with the Cat’s Eye Majestic in a 40 x 34.7mm pink gold case with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds set on the bezel. Moving into the aventurine, we find another 24 brilliant-cut diamonds that make up the hour markers. This time-only piece is powered by the brand’s self-winding caliber GP03300-0121 with a minimum of 46 hours of power reserve.

Second, we have the Cat’s Eye Celestial — in a 35 x 30.4mm pink gold case with a large moonphase aperture occupying the upper half of the watch’s aventurine dial. Again, the bezel is set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds and another 33 brilliant-cut diamonds on the dial. The timepiece is powered by the self-winding caliber GP03300-0125, boasting minimum power reserve of 46 hours.

Lastly, rounding things up we have the Cat’s Eye Tourbillon. This time in a 32 x 27mm white gold case, set with 54 baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel. Further stones on the watch include a diamond on the crown, 7 baguette-cut diamonds on the strap buckle and 36 baguette-cut diamonds on its aventurine dial. Of course, as it is mentioned in its name, the watch features a minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock enabled by the manual-winding caliber GP09700-0015 with 70 hours of power reserve.

With that out of the way, we wait for SIHH proper, now just a month away.