2023 Novelties: Girard Perregaux Laureato Absolute Light and Shade, and Absolute Light And Fire.

Jan 17, 2023,10:31 AM

Two new Laureato have just been unveiled, the Absolute Light and Shade, and Absolute Light And Fire. 

The Light and Shade are unlimited, while the Light and Fire are limited to 18 pieces. 

The case dimensions are the same: 44mm diameter / 11, 56 mm high, water resistant to 30 meters. The movement is the same, too: Cal GP1800-1143, beating at 28, 800 vph, with a power reserve of 54 hours, automatic. 

The retail is the same: 99, 000 USD. 

What changes is the chromatic look of each case. 

For the Light and Shade, we are on grey / dark shades, with its metallised sapphire crystal and black PVD Titanium case.

For the Light and Fire, the case is made of a polycrystalline material called " YAG ", translucent, in red, with a black PVD Titanium case., to pay homage to the Chinese New Year, the red color evoking vitality and prosperity. 

Both display the hours, minutes and seconds ( no Tourbillon, here ). 

Here they are: 

Laureato Absolute Light and Shade: 

Light and Fire: 

Honestly, at that price, I would rather hunt a Constant Escapement or a Neo Tourbillon. 

The Light and Shade is my favorite, as I find the " Red " one too trendy. But no doubt they will find their fans. 



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For me too, but still...

 By: amanico : January 17th, 2023-11:08

Agree ..

 By: SingaporeMarc☀️ : January 17th, 2023-17:38
Strange that the absolute is still around let alone, GP ploughing more money into it. 44 mm is so last decade. Maybe I’m just a traditional sort of guy, but steel or a precious metal is good enough for me. As Nicholas said, the 38 mm copper or the 38 mm G... 

Yes. For example...

 By: amanico : January 19th, 2023-15:36
The XXL case of the Vintage 45 is not my favorite, by far. Except for one version, the Mechanics of Arts: ...  

They look good, but I have a couple of problems with them

 By: andrea~ : January 17th, 2023-11:15
1) The size 2) The hands look too stubby, they should be longer

Agreed on the hands size.

 By: amanico : January 17th, 2023-11:16

The hours chapter ring is very cool

 By: Esharp : January 17th, 2023-13:00
…hey, these are neat! That chapter ring is super. Hmm, maybe not the red one for me, but the other one, yeah why not? It’s just the usual movement, nice but nothing really special, but the look is good overall. Well, the hands too seem a bit short. But fo... 


 By: guycord : January 17th, 2023-13:16
Watchmakers have to break-out of this malaise and start doing something new. Too many watches being made out of pressed carborundum (or equivalent) Too many watches getting a £50-60k sapphire case with a £4--5K mechanism. GP/UN - I love the SS Laureato - ... 


 By: Esharp : January 17th, 2023-19:05

Crystal case...

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : January 17th, 2023-14:20
With a smaller movement inside. Nice, but for that price I got only 34653 alternatives to randomly choose from

We have to agree, here.

 By: amanico : January 17th, 2023-14:50

Indeed 😎

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : January 17th, 2023-17:52

OMG yes

 By: Esharp : January 17th, 2023-19:05
I don’t think they have people working at Grand Seiko anymore. They’ve replaced them all with a generative AI programmed to churn out endless variations on dial patterns and colours. At this point, who thinks a limited edition from GS is special? Just wai... 

Well in the case of GS, neither

 By: Esharp : January 17th, 2023-22:55
They churn out special editions like, ahem, clockwork. The small(-ish) quantities are surely limited only by marketing strategy. Best E.


 By: amanico : January 18th, 2023-09:43