It's the same color as Aston's F1 car.
Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux have teamed up to produce the Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition, the first Laureato timepiece to feature a green ceramic case and bracelet.
We're surprised it has taken the two companies this long to produce an all-green timepiece, considering the Swiss watchmaker and the British automaker have teamed up multiple times before. To be fair, Girard-Perregaux used a green face for the limited-edition Laureato launched last year and a green face on the Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition the year before that. The "Laureato" name dates back to 1975 and translates to "Graduate."
The timepiece is only going on sale on June 23 at selected retailers, and no price has yet been announced. Previous collaborations between these companies sold in the region of $20,000-$27,000.
This new watch is available in 42-millimeter and 38-mm sizes, with production limited to 388 and 188 pieces, respectively. Girard-Perregaux incorporated several of Aston's traits into these timepieces, including sleek contours and lightweight construction. The latter attribute is achieved by equipping new skeletonized 'baton' type hour and minute hands, both light and functional.
The dial design is cross-hatch, a diamond-like pattern found on the original Aston Martin logo from 1921-1926, and which is represented in modern times in some of Aston's quilted leather upholstery, such as in the DB11. With a modern case and contemporary hands meeting an old-school 1920s design motif, the horologist blends the old and new beautifully. The color just happens to be the icing on top.
The green dates back to the start of international racing. Countries had to choose a color, and the Brits went for British Racing Green. The green you see here is not British Racing Green, but rather Aston's modern interpretation of the color called Aston Martin Racing Green, as used on the AMR23 Formula 1 car.
"From the outset, the design of the Laureato was distinctive, yet cohesive," said Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux. "Its styling encompassed geometric, clean-cut lines while exhibiting a slightly gentle character. Contrasting polished and satin-finished surfaces, an ergonomic integrated bracelet and, of course, as always, an in-house movement... These are the essential ingredients which have made the Laureato a remarkable success. The same ingredients are much in evidence with the new Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition, along with the addition of an interesting, highly contemporary material."
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