Insider: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton White Gold. Hands-on with a Stunning Openworked Timepiece.

Available in 18K white gold as reference 99110-53-001-53A or 18K pink gold as reference 99110-52-000-52A comes the stunning Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton —a direct descendant of the original model launched in 1975—. With a fully skeletonized dial this watch is similar in looks to the Royal Oak Openworked with its grey galvanized bridges; however, the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton looks much better as all the wheels and gears have been treated to maintain a nice monochromatic color scheme for its overall design. Revealing the powerful architecture of its automatic movement, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton comes with a nicely sized white gold case measuring 42 mm in diameter and 10.76 mm in thickness.

Things to Know About the Watch

Finally, to highlight the stature of this movement as a fascinating kinetic sculpture, the dial is pared down to the absolute minimum in the shape of a chapter ring with applied gold hour-markers. The flying tourbillon exquisitely finishes rises in all glory between 11 and 12 o'clock, while the mainspring barrel is completely skeletonized at 5 o'clock.

The case is satin-brushed finished with a nice deep grain and the matching bracelet combines its satin-brushed finish with highly polished center links. The pull-out crown is highly polished and marked with the GP logo.

The Movement

In a visual symphony that extends all the way from the front of the watch to the rear, turning the watch around reveals the intricately finished automatic calibre GP09520-0001. This in-house movement has been painstakingly openworked on its mainplate, bridges and its oscillating weight. This elegant skeletonization allows to look deep into the very core of the mechanism and explore most of its 262 components. The captivating contemporary design of this movement is cleverly accentuated by the bevelled edges of each part making up this mechanical composition that appears to be levitating inside the case.

On the Wrist & Pricing

With its ideal proportions, its arresting design distinguished by extreme legibility and pared-down aesthetics, matched by captivating transparency, the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton wears true to its size and simply impeccably. A watch that is flawlessly executed and one of the nicest skeletonized watches out there.

Sticker Price $129,000 USD for 18K white Gold and $123,000 USD for 18K pink gold. For more info on Girard-Perregaux click here.