MECHANICAL WATCHES OF THE YEAR: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Ceramic Skeleton

The Laureato was placed front and centre of a drive to broaden the brand’s customer base this year, with a slew of commercially enticing models introduced at SIHH in January.

These were followed up with fantastic pieces designed to catch the eye of collectors such as this black £27,500 ceramic version of its Laureato Skeleton.

The all-black watch uses different finishes and textures to bring additional interest to its skeletonised dial, movement, ceramic case, bezel and bracelet.

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It is not uniformly dark and plays with light thanks to its surface effects, including that of its Clou de Paris hobnail-patterned dial.

This mastery of textures and lighting is also applied to the visible parts of the movement including the rotor, which is carved from a block of 18ct pink gold.

It has been meticulously open-worked like the rest of the movement so that you can see all the way through the watch and allows light to pour through like a stained glass window.

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