In the 2019 series, Girard-Perregaux launched the original “Earth to Sky” theme, which has been implemented on existing works (such as 1966) or new watches (such as Laureato Absolute). In fact, the name “Earth to Sky” refers to the combination of two colors, mixing the black of the vast universe with the blue of the earth. This “Earth to Sky” theme is now available on the brand’s signature Skeleton Laureato ceramic watch.
It is often said that black and blue do not match (at least in terms of fashion). Girard-Perregaux adopted this bold choice in the 2019 series, with a fully blackened watch case and strap with a gradient blue dial. When the metal was presented, the results were surprisingly good. For this reason, the same color scheme applies to the brand’s luxury sports watch Laureato, and its all-black ceramic version features a modern skeleton movement.
This new watch, called Laureato Skeleton “Earth to Sky”, is based on a watch we have already introduced. The revival of the Laureato series was in 2016. This watch was also launched for the 225th anniversary of the brand. It is a retro-style watch (at least in shape), but with modern case size and driven by a mechanical movement (1975 version is quartz). The real comeback of the Laureato series, as a complete standard series, took place in the 2017 SIHH, with a full range of sizes and impervious materials: 42mm, 38mm, 34mm diameter, steel, two-tone, titanium, ceramic or Gold, simple date function, chronograph, tourbillon, skeleton movement and more. So Laureato is no longer a separate watch, it is already a professional series.
For this “Earth to Sky” version, Girard-Perregaux chose Laureato Skeleton as the basis. The 42 mm case, made of black ceramic, still retains the same brushed and polished surface as the metal model. The case features a unique luxury sports watch, an octagonal bezel, a cushion-shaped case, a slim one-piece bracelet, and an all-black ceramic dial.
The “face” of the Laureato Skeleton “Earth to Sky” version is dark blue. As you would expect from a skeleton watch, the sapphire crystal shows the hollow core of the movement, surrounded by an internal flange, on which the hourly index floats. Both elements are PVD coatings. There are hours and minutes in the middle, and a small second hand is running at 10 o’clock. At 12 o’clock, you can see the regulator passing through the hollow plate.
The movement of the Laureato Skeleton “Earth to Sky” is based on the brand’s 1800 self-produced movement. This self-winding movement features a modern cutout design (including a central winding oscillating weight) with beautiful curves and sharp angles. The movement components are finished and beautiful, with straight ramen and polished bevels for 54 hours of power reserve. The Skeleton “Earth to Sky” watch is a non-limited edition and is priced at CHF 38,500. It will be listed soon, and it will take another few months to go to the Chinese mainland market.