The Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin F1 watch is a real head-turner, there’s no question about that whatsoever. This marks one of the truly special occasions between a historic watchmaker and the manufacturer of an automobile. It’s definitely worth noting yet again that the automobile maker in question in this particular case is none other than the revered Aston Martin. This certainly isn’t the first time that a watchmaker has partnered with an automotive manufacturer in order to create something unique and it won’t be the last. That being said, there is something that is truly special about this particular creation. Perhaps it’s in the way it looks or maybe it’s because it includes components of actual race cars to make it more authentic. Either way, it’s a sight to behold. As a matter of fact, it’s a watch that easily stands out for its beauty alone, even if you don’t care about racing and you’re not even that into watches. If it can get the attention of someone who doesn’t have a particular stake in either subject, imagine how important it is to those individuals who truly love to collect high-quality watches and also have a penchant for speed.
Beauty in Its Purest Form
As previously mentioned, this is a watch that stands out for all the right reasons, as it is a near-perfect example of sheer beauty at its finest. When you look at it, you’re immediately taken by the gorgeous green color of the face, a color that is directly linked to Aston Martin. Just to kick things up a notch or two, that beautiful green color has some detail added to it in the form of a diamond-shaped patchwork design that covers the entire face. It’s done in a dark gray color that almost perfectly offsets the deep, rich green hue chosen for the face. The watch also features three hands and three subsets, allowing you to use it as a stopwatch, to tick away the seconds, or even to tell time in another country. It also features the date. Just in case you’re interested, the hands used on the watch are bright yellow, something that definitely stands out when combined with all of the other colors.
The watchmaker wanted to be sure that they had some true authenticity added to the process, so one of the purchase options allows you to get the watch with a distinctive rubber band that is actually designed from components that were used on not one but two, Formula 1 race cars, both of them racing throughout the 2021 season. In order to round out the design, the option with the rubber band also features the same rubberized design around the dial. Of course, if you’re not really keen on the rubber strap, you can also purchase the watch in a beautiful stainless steel edition. In this version, the face looks exactly the same. The difference comes in both the strap and the material surrounding the outer edge of the dial, as you have a traditional stainless steel strap and a dial made from powdered titanium. As you can already tell, this isn’t just any watch and there’s not really anything else like it on the market today. The thing that’s truly impressive is that this only encompasses the details that you can see immediately. When you really dive deeper, there’s so much more about this watch to love.
A Comfortable Presence
There is absolutely nothing small about this watch. It’s an eye-popping 44 mm in diameter and 15 mm high. That definitely puts it on the map as one of the larger watches out there, yet it’s also amazingly comfortable to wear. Even if you’re wearing the watch for long periods of time or you find yourself wearing it in weather that’s hot enough to practically melt the soles of your shoes, the watch doesn’t really become uncomfortable. You might think a rubberized strap would be ridiculously uncomfortable to wear during warm weather, even when it does have nylon stitches to even things out. However, this is a watch that is surprisingly lightweight, especially given its size. It’s also exceedingly comfortable. Despite its rather large size, it’s one that you can put on and forget about as opposed to constantly feeling the need to adjust it or desperately wanting to take it off like you might feel with some other watches.
More Surprises of the Best Kind
You already know this is a watch of superb quality. There is no question about that. As such, it shouldn’t surprise you to know that the watch features automatic movement, in this case involving the Calibre GPO3300. What you can’t possibly know until you start to closely examine the watch is that it actually features an open case back design. When you flip the watch over, you’re given a real treat because you have the opportunity to actually see the movement in action. Unlike skeleton watches, which allow you to see this movement through the face of the dial, this watch does things a little bit differently. As such, you have what appears to be a perfectly traditional watch for all eyes to see. Take the watch off of your wrist and turn it over, and you have the opportunity to see something truly mesmerizing.
Just in case you’re wondering whether or not the open case back is genuinely exposed, there’s no need to be concerned. It’s actually covered by a sapphire crystal that’s perfectly placed to give you a bird’s eye view without compromising the quality of the watch in any capacity. As you can see, this is not a watch that is designed to the rather mundane standards of most of the other time pieces currently available on the market. What else would you expect from a watchmaker like this? You could also reasonably ask what else you might expect from someone who associates themselves with an automotive manufacturer like Aston Martin. When you put these two together, there’s no question that you’re going to end up with a product that is completely in a league of its own and that is exactly what you have here. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, the watch sells for roughly $26,000 and is limited to just 306 pieces.