Whether it’s fair or not, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato is one of several luxury sports watches that will be compared to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Patek Philippe Nautilus ad nauseam upon the mere mention of its name. However, when Girard-Perregaux announced a black ceramic version of the Laureato for SIHH 2018, I was heartened at the implementation of the elegantly simple solution to constantly being compared to juggernauts like those aforementioned watches. That solution, of course, is to offer something they don’t.
One of the most interesting new high-end men's watches of 2016 is getting a new member of its collection family in a platinum case with an attractive grand feu enamel dial for 2017. The Monsieur de Chanel ("Chanel Monsieur" as I prefer to call it) is easily among the most ambitious and appealing haute horology watches produced just for men from Paris-based Chanel. They like to remind watch collectors that the concept, case, and movement were "dreamed from the ground up" and produced specifically for this particular watch collection.
Pokémon has had quite the revival over this past summer, with Pokémon Go inspiring large groups of people to shamble aimlessly across roads, their smartphones up in front of their faces, none the wiser to the havoc they were causing among the traffic. It’s been a timely phenomenon for Nintendo, boosting the brand's profits and bringing thousands of new players to the franchise (which has already produced numerous games, cartoon series, and various merchandise).
Complementing the overall youthful appearance, the dial features smoked sapphire, with an applied logo, while the red Neoralithe inner ring adds a welcomed touch of color. All that is left now is to hope that the black alligator leather strap, with titanium deployant, will someday aid this wonderful statement adorn your wrist.
Making two Swiss Designer Watches Online announcements within a couple of months is hyperactivity by the standards of the ultra-independents. Is something up in Athlone?
Thankfully the new announcement, which follows the Ceol Minute Repeater, relates only to a white gold version of the existing Tuscar Bánú, the first twenty of which were made in rose gold.