The Loretto, Girard-Perregaux’s take on the luxury sports watch, has a surprising history and was launched in 1975, three years after Audemars Piguet released Gerald Genta’s game-changing Royal Oak. After a period of hibernation, Loreto made a temporary comeback in 2016 to celebrate the brand’s grand 225.Th anniversary, followed by a full-scale collection in 2017. After offering an ultra-luxurious solid pink gold model with a sleek onyx dial just two months ago, GP returns to sportier stainless steel and decks out its time-only 42mm Loreto model with a fresh green dial.
In 1975 the first Loreto (Italian for graduate) played the new luxury sports watch game to a tee. With its raised octagonal bezel, elegant lines, hobnail engraved dial and integrated steel bracelet, comparisons to the Royal Oak are inevitable and unmistakable. However, unlike the Royal Oak, the Loreto is equipped with a thin, ultra-precise quartz movement. After all, GP pioneered the serial production of quartz movements in the 1970s. Upgraded with mechanical problems in the 1980s and increased in size to 44mm in 2003, the Loreto lay dormant for a decade until 2016 when a limited edition (reference 81000) was sent to test the waters.
After launching the Standard Collection in 2017, the Laureato lineup has expanded to include everything from skeleton models to chronographs and from perpetual calendars to classic time & date models.
Steel case, green dial
Loreto’s signature geometry is built on a tonneau-shaped case topped by a circular ring and an octagonal bezel. Designed to highlight juxtaposing geometry, the finishes of the stainless steel case and integrated bracelet alternate between brightly polished and satin-brushed areas. Measuring 42mm in diameter and 10.68mm in height, the only innovation here is a new green dial.
The hallmark Clous de Paris or hobnail decoration on the dial now features a fresh green color paired with a black flange – a first for the three-hand Loreto. To match the black bezel, the applied baton-style hour markers and hour and minute hands are treated with black PVD and a thick strip of white lume. The date window corresponds to 3 o’clock and has a black background with white numerals.
Automatic at home
Inside the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm is the self-winding GP01800 movement (30mm x 3.97mm) with its rhodium-plated oscillating weight adorned with a circular Côtes de Genève. Other refined finishes complimented by the sapphire crystal caseback include perlage on the mainplate and Côtes de Genève directly on the bridges. Beating at 4Hz, the movement offers a power reserve of up to 54 hours. Activity is limited to time and date only.
Availability & Price
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Green will be available in November 2022 and will be sold exclusively through Wempe for one month. After this period, the watch will be available at authorized GP retailers. There is a price CHF 13,700 Or EUR 14,400.
For more information, please visit girard-perregaux.com.