Girard Perregaux Honors Chinese New Year with Sapphire Crystal

Girard-Perregaux announced Laureato Absolute Light & Shade and Absolute Light & Fire, new models designed with a sapphire crystal case.

Knowns for its sporty and aesthetic designs, Girard-Perregaux took steps to prove its craftsmanship in producing aesthetic-looking metal watches by combining its Laureato -one of the main collections of the brand- with different materials and dial colors last year. And nowadays, the brand announced Laureato Absolute Light & Shade and Absolute Light & Fire in a eye-catching luminosity.

Laureato Absolute Light & Shade

Both models are in metalized sapphire crystal and both are dynamic, bright and eye-catching. Yet, the difference of these two models that is the Absolute Light & Fire is a limited edition which features 18 pieces produced for the Chinese New Year. The case of the watches in the Light & Fire series is made of a cherry-red polycrystalline material called YAG, which resembles a sapphire crystal and gives the watch its striking color. The color, chosen to honor the Chinese New Year, represent energy, vitality, and abundance.

To produce sapphire crystal cases, which is highly expensive, the company heats and crystallizes alumina powder into a solid block of sapphire crystal for eight weeks before processing. Each sapphire crystal case takes around 170 hours to produce. Therefore, the watches will be produced in small numbers, though not in a limited series.

The watches come in 44-mm sapphire crystal case. The luminous and transparent cases offer a luminous appearance, whilst the skeletonized dial extends into a contrasting dark depth towards the center of the watch. The open caseback displays the caliber FP01800-1143 through “traits-tiré” (long stripes), circular finishes and hand-polished bridges and the architecture of the main plate. The models have a power reserve of 54 hours.

The black rubber strap integrated into the titanium lugs creates a fabric effect to complete the aesthetic look of the watch. Both models will be available at Girard-Perregaux stores by April.

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