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news: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute WW.TC from SIHH 2019

Not exactly “news” anymore but as we move into 2020 and for the first time this year, SIHH has coordinated its date with Basel in April, we will have to wait a bit longer for the 2020 Novelties. As such, let’s reflect back on the releases from last year to get us prepared. The Laureato Absolute collection was at centre stage together with the “Earth-to-Sky” theme in 2019. Three versions were introduced, among them a World-Timer, the Laureato Absolute WW.TC.

So what to make of the Laureato Absolute WW.TC? Technically, it is the same as the 1966 WW.TC, well almost. The Laureato does not have a second crown for the city ring, instead operates it from a separate position of the main crown. I remain of the opinion that a pusher solution is superior but it’s not a big issue.

The case of the Absolute collection is black PVD Titanium and it is rather large with 44mm. I have said it before, but I’m not a fan of the Laureato Absolute. The size, the black case and the strap attachment all look a bit too fashionable to me and remind me of another brand that is popular with professional football players. In my view, no need for GP to try to play in that game.

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The dial as well as the world time complication within the Absolute case is a bit of an odd combination. On the press photo the city ring is blue while on my live shot it is black, possibly it was an early prototype at SIHH.

So the question is: will Girard-Perregaux find its way back to its DNA at SIHH 2020 or will we see more novelties in the direction of the Absolute? The recent release of the Absolute Light, a transparent sapphire case with skeleton movement makes me not very hopeful, but we need to wait till April to find out.

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