Girard-Perregaux – Girard-Perregaux x Aston Martin – Style and trend

Last year, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture became the official watchmaking partner of the British ultra-luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin and the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ (AMF1) team. Since the beginning of this partnership, the two houses have collaborated together on the production of two watches, the Tourbillon sous Trois Ponts Volants Édition Aston Martin and the Laureato Chronographe Édition Aston Martin. Now, Girard-Perregaux has for the first time worked with the AMF1 team to create a new model that features two major innovations, the Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition AM F1. This revolutionary watch brings together two worlds, micromechanics and extreme performance specific to Formula 1™.

Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition Aston Martin F1 © Girard-Perregaux

push the limits

In the competitive world of F1, a mere fraction of a second can mean the difference between success and failure. In addition to aerodynamics and engine power, weight is an extremely important factor, which is why teams are constantly looking for new and innovative materials that promise valuable weight savings. The AMF1 team has put its unique expertise in the lightness of materials at the service of the world of haute horlogerie.

The new Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition AM F1 has a revolutionary 44mm case. It is made from titanium powder and carbon elements extracted from two F1 single-seaters that competed in the 2021 season, something unheard of in the watch industry. Through a high-tech manufacturing process, the various components are bonded together and mixed with a tinted resin. The resulting material offers greater strength than steel. Each watch has its own visual identity and is undoubtedly different from all models on the market.

As Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, points out: “From the beginning of this partnership, it was a real pleasure to work with Aston Martin. It wasn’t just about putting our name on a Formula 1™ car. Rather, we worked together on several projects that resulted in the production of two very different watches. This collaboration has resulted in innovative and interesting ideas, which have ultimately led to the creation of exciting new products. It has also given rise to beautiful friendships between the collaborators of the two houses. The first models resulting from this collaboration gave pride of place to style and elegance. For this new watch, we seek to get closer to the F1 facet of the brand, putting more emphasis on the concept of performance. »

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Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition Aston Martin F1 © Girard-Perregaux

And Mike Krack, Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Principal, added: “As a team we are determined to succeed and this ambition requires us to look at every element of our performance package. This especially involves mastering the materials with which our single-seaters are built, measuring their weight, evaluating their robustness… So many aspects that can help us save that crucial thousandth of a second in our time. Girard-Perregaux is a valuable partner for us. We have worked closely together to share and combine our knowledge to improve each of the two brands. The new Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition AMF1 is the result of this collaboration and a remarkable example of the work we can achieve together. »

Two world firsts united in one extraordinary watch

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition AMF1 has an ultra-innovative 44mm case made of titanium and carbon, an industry first. And the inventiveness of the Manufacture extends to the strap of this model, another world first. The Rubber Alloy GP, presented in “Aston Martin Green”, is made with FKM rubber (FKM) and carbon elements that come from two Formula 1™ single-seaters that competed in the 2021 season. The development of this cutting-edge composition requires a process extremely sophisticated, as well as specialized equipment. Such a technical bracelet also required extensive research into the compatibility of the materials used. This bracelet offers greater flexibility and resistance than traditional rubber. It has also been enriched with a fabric effect insert. The buckle is equipped with a micro-adjustment system that allows the wearer to fine-tune the fit of the strap on their wrist.

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Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition Aston Martin F1 © Girard-Perregaux

Aston Martin, an example of style and performance

Born on a circuit 109 years ago, Aston Martin has always shone with pride in the world of motorsport. Over the years, he has participated in several international competitions, achieving many successes. While performance is inseparable from its DNA, Aston Martin is recognized around the world as an iconic brand synonymous with style, luxury and exclusivity. The British car manufacturer brings together the latest technology, proven craftsmanship and timeless design to create critically acclaimed luxury models, including the Vantage, DB11, DBS, DBX and its first hypercar, the Aston Martin Valkyrie. This approach is celebrated by the new Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition AMF1 which incorporates several designs inspired by the products of the prestigious British ultra-luxury brand.

The sunray-finish ‘Aston Martin Green’ colored dial is adorned with cross-hatching, a pattern that dates back to the Aston Martin logo in 1921. Many sports cars are fitted with openwork components that provide structural rigidity while reducing drag. dough. The vents on various Aston Martin models also help cool the engine. This new watch features openwork hands that lend a sporty note to the design. A touch of “lime” color makes it easy to identify the chronograph hands; this color is also a nod to the design of the AMF1 car. The counterweight of the central chronograph hand is also reminiscent of the side moldings fitted to many Aston Martin passenger cars. While the automotive influences are obvious, there may be some much more subtle details only noticed by die-hard Aston Martin fans and connoisseurs.

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Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition Aston Martin F1 © Girard-Perregaux

A powerful rear engine

Although the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition AM F1 may boast strong appeal, a reliable engine is also an essential key to success. A great first for a Laureato Absolute Chronograph, the back of this watch is fitted with a sapphire crystal. Its owner can thus admire the self-winding manufacture movement, Caliber GP03300-1058.

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Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition Aston Martin F1 © Girard-Perregaux

a limited edition

The Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team is based in Silverstone, England, not far from the legendary circuit. An additional nod, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Edition AM F1 is limited to 306 pieces, i.e. the total distance drivers Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will have to cover on the day of the 2022 British Grand Prix (5,891 km x 52 laps). ). The model is now available worldwide through all Girard-Perregaux authorized retailers.

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