Over the last few years the Laureato line has emerged as Girard-Perregaux's valiant hero a sporty steel warrior well equipped to win wrists across the world. Earlier this year, at SIHH in Geneva, Girard-Perregaux unleashed their latest expression of the Laureato the evolved Laureato Absolute.* This darkly clad watch was offered in a trio: time-only, world time and chronograph we're going to focus only on the latter today. The case is the familiar Laureato shape, though the material used is titanium, which has been given a black PVD coating the finishes are a mix of polished and brushed, elevating the somewhat utiliarian treatment to more refined territory. A rubber strap is a natural choice for this sort of sporty look.* The chronograph complication is also a natural choice, and it looks good here the three registers in black, to match the case, but the rest of the dial is realised in a graduated blue sunburst. The pushers on the Laureato Absolute also offer an evolution of the octagonal screw-down numbers of the 'regular' version.* Here we're treated to sporty paddle-shaped numbers with a dashing blue highlight. The movement that you activate by pressing those pushers…

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