Last year, Girard-Perregaux was announced as the official watch partner of the ultra-luxury British performance car manufacturer, Aston Martin and of the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team.
Since the organisations began working together, they have collaborated on two watches: the $160,000 USD Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition and the Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition.
Now, Girard-Perregaux has, for the first time, worked with the F1 team, creating a new model, the Laureato Absolute Chronograph AM F1 Edition, featuring two industry firsts, uniting micro-mechanics and the extreme performance of Formula One.
This latest watch features a cutting-edge 44mm case. Its composition blends titanium powder and carbon elements taken from two F1 race cars used during the 2021 season, resulting in a new material offering a superior ductility to that of steel.
The GP Rubber Alloy watch strap too is unique, made from a new product that combines FKM rubber with those same carbon elements from the F1 cars, used in the watch itself. As a result, it offers superior suppleness compared to conventional rubber.
In this instance, its appearance is enriched with a fabric-effect façade. The buckle, with its micro adjustment system, allows the wearer to fine-tune the union between the strap and their wrist.
From a design perspective, its creation has been influenced by the prestigious ultra-luxury car brand. The dial is presented in sunray ‘Aston Martin Racing Green’ and is adorned with cross- hatching, a motif that can be traced back to the Aston Martin ‘AM’ badge of 1921.
This new watch also features open-worked hands throughout to imbue the design with a note of sportiness. A splash of lime is used to identify the chronograph hands to echo the design of the AMF1 car.
The counterweight on the central chronograph hand emulates the side strakes widely used on numerous Aston Martin road cars. There are some hidden details too, that only the British car maker’s devotees will notice.
For the first time on a Laureato Absolute Chronograph, the rear of the watch is also fitted with a pane of sapphire crystal as well. Valued at $27,800, just 306 examples will be available.
That numbers is based on the total distance drivers Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will aim to cover on race day (5.891km x 52 laps) at the 2022 British Grand Prix.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph AM F1 Edition is available now at authorised retailers across the globe, or online.