This is turning out to be the Year of the Laureato for Girard-Perregaux what with a flurry of releases in quick succession including a skeleton dial version and an on-trend all-ceramic model. The brand also created a one-off version with a brass case for the Only Watch Auction this year.

Now to this mix, the brand has introduced a Laureato Flying Tourbillion Skeleton. Featuring a graphically designed mechanical self-winding open-worked movement, this new reference is the new flagship model of the recently revived Laureato line.

The watch is available in pink or white gold

The watch is presented in 42 mm wide 18k pink gold (or white gold) that features a mix of alternate satin-brushed and polished surfaces. It is only 10.76 mm thick, and is paired with a matching bracelet and a sapphire crystal caseback and features the characteristic octagonal bezel of the Laureato line. It is fitted with an AR-coated sapphire crystal, and is water-resistant to 30 meters.

The dial is actually a showcase for the movement, Caliber GP09520-0001. The 3 Hz movement is made up of 262 parts and boasts a power reserve of 50 hours. The mainplate, bridges and the oscillating weight of the automatic winding system have all been painstakingly openworked.

A pared down dial puts the tourbillon in focus

The dial is pared down to the absolute minimum in the shape of a chapter ring with applied gold hour-markers and logo. This minimalist architecture, combined with a black PVD treatment of the fixed elements of the movement, lets the going train the flying tourbillon enjoy maximum attention.

Initially launched in 1975 with an ultra-precise quartz movement vibrating at an original oscillating frequency (32,768 Hz) that has since become the industry standard, the Laureato was designed by Jorge Hysek. At Baselworld 2016, Girard-Perregaux gave its Laureato collection a retro-style facelift, bringing the watches closer to their original 1975 designs, and this year the models have been rolled out fast and thick.