Aston Martin, Girard-Perregaux Partner To Create $19,235 Limited Edition Timepiece

Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition
The dial of the Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition is presented in traditional racing green. Aston Martin Lagonda

In Aston Martin history, a relentless pursuit of speed has been at the forefront, making time one their top concerns. On the other end of the super luxury partnership, keeping time is of the utmost importance watchmakers.

Both Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux were founded by passionate men with an eye for time; Aston Martin in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford while Girard-Perregaux dates back to 1791, when Jean-François Bautte produced his first watch at age 19.

With history and racing history at the forefront, a new timepiece has been born: the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition.

"As Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux strengthen our partnership, the same is happening with our common design ethos, geared towards discreet luxury," said Marek Reichman, executive vice president and chief creative officer at Aston Martin.

"Evidence of it continues to appear in subtle touches throughout the watch, for instance, in its partially openworked hour and minute hands, which have been purposely designed to evoke thoughts of racing cars, eschewing extraneous material to deliver superior performance. Likewise, the central chronograph seconds hand features a counterweight that resembles the sides strakes first seen on the 1958 Aston Martin DB4."

The face of the watch is colored with Aston Martin's latest interpretation on the British racing green to align with its rich racing history. Back in the early 1900s, various colours were assigned to racing cars to distinguish the different nationalities of the teams; the French cars were given blue, Italian had red, Belgian cars are yellow, German cars were given silver and British cars were presented with green.

Aston Martin adopted green as its racing colour with the most famous example being the Aston Martin DBR1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959.

Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition
The Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition is the latest timepiece borne of the partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin. Aston Martin Lagonda

The automotive influences of the timepiece also extend to Aston Martin's signature cross-hatching, a diamond-like pattern first seen with the ultra-luxury car manufacturer's 'AM' logo from 1921 to 1926. This feature was also inspired by the quilted seats found in the brand's many high-performance sports cars.

The face is placed in an octagonal bezel to honor Girard-Perregaux's iconic Laureato of 1975. On the back of the watch sits a pane of sapphire crystal to show the automatic manufacture movement, the Calibre GP03300-0141 for the first time in the Laureato Chronograph.

This partnership timepiece is presented in a Scottish leather pouch, the same leather used in Aston Martins, and boxed in a sleek black box with the cross hatching pattern throughout.

The watch is housed in a 42mm 904L stainless steel case. This particular grade of steel is less common than 316L and is costlier, the relative benefits of which include superior corrosion resistance, improved scratch resistance and a much brighter, luxurious appearance. The use of 904L stainless steel extends to the bracelet which is enriched with a satin brushed finish.

When appraising the composition of the Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition, its profile encompasses different shapes, finishes and hues. Its design delivers functionality and beauty. Furthermore, it celebrates the past while simultaneously embracing the future. It is this approach that resonates with both companies, reinforcing the rationale for the ongoing alliance between the two prestigious marques.

The first timepiece created out of this partnership was the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges — Aston Martin Edition. The watch celebrates the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a contemporary way, down to the smallest details — including the strap.

Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition
The limited-edition timepiece is now available worldwide at authorized Girard-Perregaux retailers. Aston Martin Lagonda

The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges - Aston Martin Edition was limited to just 18 pieces. However, the demand from the first partnership was so high that the Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition will have 188 units. The watch is immediately available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers for $19,235.