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quick/peek: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Evo3 Rattrapante Foudroyante

Ah, what a name, like Pininfarina, Rattrapante Foudroyante not only sounds great, it is also one of the most fascinating mechanical complications we know in watchmaking. And unlike a Tourbillon or even a Perpetual Calendar, it has very practical use. Rattrapante mechanism provides the ability to stop two independent times or to read lap time. Of course unless you own a Double-Split or Triple-Split this is limited to one minute, but still.

Foudroyante takes the Chronograph function to the next level providing the ability to measure fractions of seconds. Most Foudroyante use the frequency of the balance, so with the balance wheel oscillating at 28,800 vph, it does 8 half oscillations per second, so the maximum precision is up to 1/8 of a second. The Jaeger LeCoultre Duometre for example runs on 21,600 vph and its Foudroyante function consequently can only measure 1/6 of a second.

The Laureato Evo3, Ref 90195 uses the same caliber as the GP 9020 Rattrapante Foudroyante from the Pour Ferrari collection. The Laureato however is a different beast. Titanium/Rubber case in 46mm it is a very sporty watch. The watch was limited to 150 pieces only.

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