Girard Perregaux, a watchmaking company with many patents and innovations under its belt, will soon celebrate its 225th birthday. Laureato, is an iconic model of the brand, whose name comes from Mike Nichols’ famous film, with the young Dustin Hoffmann: “The Graduate” (“Il Laureato” for our transalpine friends). This reference model, with its beautifully refined, stainless steel design was introduced for the first time in 1975. Three years after Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak that is (1972), but one year before Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, the popular success story conceived by Gerald Genta (1976).
Forty years after its creation, today Girard Perregaux is re-releasing two new limited edition evolutions of the original classic. Two series of 225 pieces each, one with a blue dial, the other with a grey dial. We were lucky enough to check it out in person, and so we’re presenting it to you today.
Of course, it is with great satisfaction that we take note of the polished steel octagonal bezel which contrasts elegantly with the satin-finished steel of the 40mm watch case. The steel watchband present in the photos isn’t definitive for the time being, such is the price to pay for an exclusive article. It is however extremely comfortable, and we also find that satin-finished contrast which characterizes the model. Personally, I would prefer less shine in the watchband’s central links which are already quite large. A polishing of the side links would in my opinion be subtle enough, and would give this reference a bit more discretion, which doesn’t need much polishing to truly shine…
Breathing life into this triple-hand perpetual date watch is none other than the GP03300-0030 caliber manufacture. It’s a 27 ruby automatic winding mechanical movement with a flawless finish, which can be observed on the caseback. This caliber vibrates at 28’800 alternations per hour and boasts a 46 hour power reserve. All is well for the movement then.
An iconic and sober watch, timeless and discreet, made of steel and which contains a heart and an air of fine watchmaking. Inevitably, we love it.
The Location: John Woodbridge Boutique – Paris
Do you love sports and the values that go along with them like we do, but not the Adidas sweatpants or the flashy plastic balls made in China? I get where you’re coming from, it doesn’t resonate at all with your authentic and elegant standards and of that I congratulate you.
Leather craftsmanship is obviously the main focus of this boutique, which offers rugby balls, footballs, volleyballs and even basketballs, baseballs and cricket balls all hand made with real leather, the old fashioned way… Even if you don’t play one of those sports, you’ll find something to fill that empty shelf in your office, alongside your Julius Erving and Johan Cruijff autographs… Very nice.
As connoisseurs of beautiful things, they keep on expanding their collections through re-editions which have even spread over today into the boxing world. A vintage pair of gloves, speedballs and punching bags, all of it made from beautiful leather, just like the good old days. It’s extremely sexy… You’ll also find some beautiful bags with vintage accents, leather handbags, and even Swiss army duffel bags, made of leather or canvas and extremely tough, which your grandkids will be able to take with them when they decide to travel around the world…
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The antique lover inside you will awaken inside this boutique, and emotional discoveries abound, such as an antique French motorcycle, also for sale…
A delightful location, with beautifully crafted products at great prices, made in France. You’ll also find useful greases and creams for your leather’s upkeep… you can also use them to darken, burnish and soften a watchband that still looks a bit too rigid and new to be credible…
A French company that uses its skills and know-how to make products of good taste accessible to all. Products which re-awaken the love of things well crafted, that last and are made for long and beautiful adventures… Real, true adventures.
22 Rue Saint Paul
Métro Saint Paul or Sully-Morland
tel. +33 (0)1 42 71 17 26