Since Girard- Perregaux was announced as the Official Watch Partner of Aston Martin and of the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula OneTM Team (AMF1) last year, the brands have collaborated on two watches: the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition and the Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition. Now, Girard-Perregaux, for the first time, has teamed up with the AMF1 Team, to create a new model, the Laureato Absolute Chronograph AM F1 Edition.
The new Laureato Absolute Chronograph AM F1 Edition features a cutting-edge 44mm case. Its composition combines titanium powder and carbon elements taken from two F1 race cars used during the 2021 season. Using a high-tech manufacturing process, the individual components are mixed with a tinted resin. The resultant material offers superior flexibility. Each watch will have its own visual identity and will look uniquely different.
The strap of the watch is made of the GP Rubber Alloy in Aston Martin Racing Green. It is made of FKM rubber (FKM) and carbon elements taken from two Formula OneTM race cars used during the 2021 season. The process for creating this innovative composition is highly technical and requires specialized equipment. The strap, which provides superior suppleness and resistance, also features a fabric-effect façade. The buckle, with its micro-adjustment system, allows the wearer to fine-tune the union between the strap and their wrist.
The new Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph AMF1 Edition includes several design influences from Aston Martin cars. The dial on the watch is presented in sunray ‘Aston Martin Racing Green’ and is decorated with cross-hatching, a motif that can be traced back to the Aston Martin ‘AM’ badge of 1921. Many sports cars feature hollowed-out components that provide structural rigidity while at the same time mitigating mass. Moreover, the openings seen on several Aston Martin cars help cooling. This new watch features open-worked hands throughout. A splash of lime is used to identify the chronograph hands to resemble the design of the AMF1 car. The counterweight on the central chronograph hand mimics the side strakes widely used on numerous Aston Martin road cars.
For the first time on a Laureato Absolute Chronograph, the rear of the watch is fitted with a pane of sapphire crystal. The wearer can admire the automatic Manufacture movement, the Calibre GP03300-1058.
The timepiece is limited to 306 pieces, the total distance drivers Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will aim to cover on race day (5.891km x 52 laps) at the 2022 British Grand Prix.
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