Last year, I have been posting a lot on Rolex watches. A brand you can’t ignore in my opinion. However, this year I promised myself to have a good look around for other interesting watches and brands. Earlier this year, I bought myself an IWC Ingenieur and a vintage Titus chronograph in 18kt rose gold (very very thin ;)) and now I am investigating other watches for a possible future purchase. I had my share of impulse purchases in the past, and most of them ended-up on the various sales corners again.

A while ago, I read an article about the Girard-Perregaux (GP hereafter) Laureato. GP is a brand that you won’t see much, perhaps because their name isn’t as known as the Rolex, Patek, IWC or Audemars of this world, I don’t know. However, GP is one of the few brands that can call itself a manufacture. I assume that most of you visitors here, know GP, so I don’t have to further introduce the brand itself. The full history can be found on their website.

The model that caught my attention is the Laureato Evo chronograph. It is the third generation of the Laureato series (considered by GP as sport classique) which was initially introduced in 1975.

The Evo ref.80180 was launched in 2004 and has been upgraded to the current standards of watch design, without losing touch with the initial Laureato. The Evo chronograph has an inhouse movement, caliber GP 033C0. This automatic winding chronograph is ticking at 28.800 beats per hour, has 52 jewels and a power reserve of 52 hours. The watch has, besides chronograph functionality, a day/night indicator and a date sub-register. As regular readers may know, I have a weak spot for integrated bracelets, and this watch has one as you can see on the pictures below! I’ll put this watch on the list 🙂

Pictures by Bernard Watch Co.

  • Martijn

    Hi RJ,

    Despite the fact that this GP is a handsome watch I’m very curious about the Titus your bought. A vintage chrono in pink gold is usually a natural beauty. Can you delight us with a picture?


  • Alberto

    Nice, but I think the most beautiful Laureato is this one


  • Phil Seet

    Dear Martijn
    I saw this blog you wrote about the GP laureato watch. My father-in-law has exactly the same type 1975 which is still in my possession, only thing it is 100% digital and stainless steel with no gold trmming or gold across the strap. I brought it to Christie’s for some evaluation and they claimed it will fetch about GBP950. If you are looking for a vintage watch that is almost 30 years and still functioning I am keen to sell it off to a user who appreciates vintage watches, drop me an email