Considering my first GP purchase...advice/reassurances?

Sep 05, 2020,10:05 AM

I'm seriously considering picking up my first GP, one of the Laureato models. I have some reservations, and was wondering what people think and what experiences they've had.

The first is that when I've showed people pics of the watch the response is often "Oh that's a RO copy". They usually don't realize that the watch model line has been around since 1975, when it was arguably influenced by the RO. If I understand correctly, the Laureato came out before the Nautilus and the Overseas (222), but for whatever reason seems to be disparaged more than those models. For those who own a Laureato, is this a common reaction to the watch? Perhaps it doesn't really matter...I own a RO and feel that the Laureato styling is different enough that it is "its own watch", but I'm wondering what others think and how often this issue comes up.

My second concern is about the "1791" on the dial. From my limited research, it seems that "Girard-Perregaux" itself was founded in the 1850s, and then retroactively set their founding date to 1791 when they acquired Bautte. I don't see any issue with that, but I feel a little awkward having "1791" placed so prominently on the dial when it's a bit of a questionable topic. And with the new GP releases, it seems like they may be replacing the "1791" with the bridges logo...I wonder if that will make it's way to new Laureato models too. Thoughts on this "issue"? Is it just widely understood and accepted that GP's founding date is truly 1791 because they absorbed Bautte?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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It is very much RO-inspired, but so is a Nautilus, Hublot, Octo, etc.

 By: jleno : September 5th, 2020-11:03
However, this is only something that the <1% of people who are in the watch collecting community will care about. The vast majority of people have no idea what an RO or Laureato is, and all that really matters is whether or not the watch is attractive.

There are few manufactures who have a continuous time line from when they first started so that doesn't bother me as much as an old name being used by new company with little or no

 By: templetowers : September 5th, 2020-11:04
link with their history, which is not the case with GP. GP is a great manufacturer and I would just consider their models on their own merits. I have long given up about being worried about some-ones opinion based on their limited experience in our wonder... 

The impossibly of separating the product and the brand ...

 By: als1678 : September 5th, 2020-11:12
Purely as a watch laureato is in my opinion as interesting as the the royal oak or Nautilus. It has its own history, the first one was a very elegant thin quarz watch and cutting edge for the times. But then we have GP ... Terribly managed for years, poor... 

History of a brand

 By: Weems@8 : September 5th, 2020-11:21
A first GP, that is cool. I want also a GP. Important for me, when a watch brand started. Everything before 1900 is my goal. All of my watches do. Not made then, but the brand is from. Longines, Baume and Mercier, Omega, and Tissot. Before 1800, that is g... 

I too appreciate the history of a brand, however...

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : September 5th, 2020-12:53
I often wonder the importance when a company is no longer independent and owned by a very large corporation (in this case Kering). I say this because I have some experience with some of the brands owned by Richemont and I feel that it's more about the bot... 


 By: Weems@8 : September 5th, 2020-14:46
The corporation which own also Ulysse Nardin. Richemont, big and large. Great names over there. For me, a large corporation feels like a safe haven for the watch houses. When an independent have troubles to sell watches, than fingers crossed they maybe su... 

Thanks for your thoughts so far...

 By: Phaedrus29 : September 5th, 2020-13:48
Yes my personal opinion is that any resemblance to or inspiration from the RO doesn't detract from the watch...I was just wondering how often this "issue" is brought up to people who own the watches. That is a good point that most manufacturers don't have... 


 By: Phaedrus29 : September 6th, 2020-13:34
Oh good point, I didn't realize that!

I have a RO 15202 and a Laureato skeleton

 By: Mohannad (aka Riddler) : September 5th, 2020-23:45
And they both feel different and u enjoy both immensely

In chinese feng shui or geomancy its a very lucky watch. The 8 sided besel is shaped like a bagua. AP uses that in the Ro Patek uses that in the Nautilus / Aquanaut.

 By: geross : September 6th, 2020-13:47
See their prices now even in the secondary market, not bad at all. Laureato is a great watch, the rotor is not gold but its accurate and functional. Cool, designer this guy Genta. You should get a Laureato even if you have the Ro. My opinion. 😊 Geross. ... 

Ya I am strongly leaning toward picking up a Laureato to go with my RO. Regarding you post...

 By: Phaedrus29 : September 6th, 2020-17:27
Nautilus and Aquanaut don't have 8-sided bezels right? Also, Genta was very cool indeed but didn't design the Laureato...that was Adolfo Natalini I think, but I'm not sure.

The Laureato bezel....

 By: Phaedrus29 : September 6th, 2020-19:21
I read that the Laureato bezel was inspired by the Duomo in Florence, which is very cool if true, though of course Genta's RO had a role to play there I'm sure!

Well, I am the AP Moderator on this website and I bought one.

 By: MichaelC : September 6th, 2020-19:47
I really could care less what other people think in general. I enjoy my GP as much as my APs and anything else I have. And that is why I buy watches, for my own enjoyment. Another person's opinion of my watch would never diminish or enhance how I feel abo...  


 By: Phaedrus29 : September 6th, 2020-19:52
I've seen your pics on here and drooled over your watch a's absolutely fantastic! The ceramic with the solid dial is that one I'm really leaning toward, but I love that blued Earth to Sky. Yes I agree that other people's opinions aren't relevant ...