For Girard-Perregaux, the year is the year of the Laureato. Born in the 1970s and as a sports-luxe watch that was powered by a quartz movement, the Laureato collection shed its quartz movement in favour of a mechanical movement in 1995. However, the signature aesthetics that made it so distinctive in the first place has been maintained—octagon bezel and Clous de Paris dial. This year, we see a complete birth of the Laureato family in the form of men’s and women’s watches in different dimensions—45mm, 42mm, 38mm and 34mm. More on that here.

The watchmaker enters the 42mm Laureato into the Only Watch charity auction. The one-of-a-kind watch is as elegant as any sports-luxe watches you will ever come across. The case is made of bronze—meaning that over time, it will develop a green patina as a result of oxidation. To complement the case, an alligator leather strap in delicious chocolate brown has been paired. At 10.88mm, the case is reasonably sized compared to its peers.

The caseback is transparent, affording a glimpse into the self-winding GP01800-0008 calibre that generates 54 hours of power reserve. “Unique Piece Only Watch 2017” is lasered onto the sapphire crystal, so there is no mistaking its identity.

The Only Watch auction is set for Saturday, 11 November 2017, 2.30pm Geneva time. In the meantime, Piaget will be exhibiting the watch in various events worldwide.

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