The first thing that you’re likely to say when you see the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar Watch is “Wow.” Even at first glance, this is a watch that just lets you know that it’s special. It manages to stand out from the crowd without being so radically different that it scarcely even looks like a watch. At the very same time, it has a certain class about it, yet it does it in such a subtle way that you can be proud to wear it anywhere. It’s not like you’re strapping a work of art on your wrist that is screaming for attention. Instead, everything about it is subtle and somewhat understated, but only in the best possible way. After all, when you embody so much class, you don’t have to go to extremes in order to get attention in the first place.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about it is the dial. It has a remarkable dial in a beautiful blue hue but there’s something even more interesting about it. It’s designed so that it looks as though it has that type of Kevlar stitching on the dial that only comes with things that are made from the very strongest of materials. It’s not actually made from Kevlar, but that’s exactly the way that it looks. The company went to great lengths to create a dial that was not only stunning to look at, but that accentuated every feature of the watch so that it would be that much easier to look at it and tell time regardless of lighting conditions or any other obstacles that might try to get in the way.
Coupled with the stainless steel case, wristband and clasp, this minutely detailed dial is stunningly beautiful. Even the stainless steel portions of the watch look more like they are made from titanium instead of anything else. That’s because stainless steel is airbrushed and the overall design of the watch is just a little bit different from your typical watch. It’s a little more streamlined, cutting the overall height of the watch down ever so slightly and elongating the case so that it has a more aerodynamic feel to it. The end result is a watch that embodies everything that a good timepiece should be, yet it looks like it came directly out of some future era. It is professional and beautiful all at the same time and it’s a watch that is definitely capable of getting the attention of anyone who sees it on your wrist without resorting to design strategies like creating a skeleton in order to do so.
The watch doesn’t utilize numbers on the face, but instead uses luminescent tick marks to denote time. It also has three hands, all of which are also luminescent, except for the second hand. The face of the watch features three separate subsets and it manages to pack all of that into a single dial without making things look crowded. One subset is designed for telling you the day of the week and the other is very unique, giving you the date in a dial format. Just in case you need a little extra prodding to stay on your schedule, at the bottom of the dial you’ll find the months in a third subset, with three different months displayed at one time. There is a red tick mark that denotes the current month and above that, you have the date displayed once again. Some people think this is too much because you end up with the date displayed twice, but in reality it’s just right. It gives the watch a unique appearance and as previously mentioned, it doesn’t make it so busy that it’s a pain to look at. As a matter of fact, it’s composed in a very neat fashion and you’re able to get the information you need from looking at this watch quickly and efficiently, then go on about your day.
It’s hard to create a timepiece that is unique. By their very nature, they’ve all been required to look very much the same over the years. It wasn’t until recently that they started featuring some different types of designs and looking as though they were being updated and moving into the future with virtually everything else. Many watchmakers have accomplished this by creating skeleton designs and other fully-fledged pieces of art that you just happen to wear on your wrist. That’s great if that’s what you’re looking for but if you want something that looks like a watch that isn’t from 20 years ago, this is something that should be at the top of your list. It’s definitely leading the way in this type of design and it’s done an excellent job thus far.