Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Rock Features Carbon Glass

By Paul Joseph

This year has seen an array of lavish watches unveiled by luxury watchmakers across the world, and many of them were on display at the 2019 SIHH back in January.

Among them was a highly innovative concept model by Girard-Perregaux that used a revolutionary material called Carbon Glass.

The material was incorporated into the latest version of the brand’s Laureato Absolute Rock timepiece – said to be the first time it has ever been used in a watch – and that model has now arrived in production form.

Unlike manufacturing processes of other types of carbon, this new material guarantees full water resistance. The patented manufacturing process of Carbon Glass involves an extreme compression of the materials during an injection procedure at high temperature, resulting in a smooth and uniform texture on all its surfaces, unlike other types of carbon.

This extreme compression also gives it high density, leading to very high resistance. Indeed, according to the watchmaker, the material is 100 times more resistant than steel.

The watch's 44mm Carbon Glass case has blue fibres threaded throughout the material. The pattern of the blue fibres in each watch is unique, which makes every one of the 100 of the Laureato Absolute Rock truly original.

The watch dial is composed of two superimposed, hollowed plates, with the top one coming with a sleek black matte finish.

The Absolute Rock is powered by the manufacturer’s GP03300-1058 automatic movement, which comprises of 419 components and has a 46-hour power reserve.

The movement is finished with the Côtes de Genève motif, circular graining, and beveling. However, owners won’t be able to see it as the watch has a solid caseback that’s been engraved and lacquered with the Laureato Absolute logo.

Other notable features include a fully integrated black rubber strap that matches the watch's highly sporty theme.

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Rock is limited to just 100 examples and is available at the brand’s select boutiques worldwide for just under $16,000.

By Paul Joseph