Originally Posted by in stitches
not a huge fran fave, but i think its neat. getting this ready for sale. click for bigger.
GP is definitely an under appreciated brand, which may be the result of some hit or miss products and their pricing. I like them and tried a few on at their Boutique in NYC last summer. I think in their quest to join others in the "LARGE WATCH MARKET" they bulked up several models unsuccessfully. The Laureato was originally a sophisticated sport watch marketed toward those interested in an AP RO, PP Nautilus, or VC 222. However, in the last 10 years or so morphed into some bizarre caricature of itself. The Vintage 1945 is a cool design, and I love square and rectangular cases. However, they have also become too bulky and even with a curved case back I just didn't find it sat well on my wrist and it looked better in photos than it did in person or on me. I found it disappointing and less sophisticated in design and feel than a Reverso. Then there are the Sea Hawks...which were once a sort of traditional, but maybe sterile version of diving watches. Now I find them lumpy looking with crown protecting shoulders built into a lug. It now has the unfortunate distinction of looking like a hunchback watch case.
On the positive side, the chrono posted by Belligero is really a handsome design. Its refreshing to see a different case shape for a chronograph. The last cushion shaped chronograph I liked was the Medicus by VC, however it was too pricey for chronograph that used cams rather than a column wheel.
In addition, I love the GP 1966 line up. A clean, elegant dress watch is maybe what the do best and what they should focus on. I had an opportunity to try on both the full calendar and their Annual Calendar Equation of Time. The asymmetric dial made it sort of whimsical and fun...at least until you saw the price. That was one area that these fell short. Maybe they are competitive with other high end brands, and maybe they are a bargain compared to what a watch with similar complications would cost from other brands. However, once I hit a certain price range I couldn't help but feel like I'd probably go with a different brand.
Originally Posted by Belligero
Ain't nothing wrong with Girard Perregaux. I'd be all over their Vintage 1960 Chrono:photo from TZ-UK
That watch is no joke; I can't think of any other chrono I'd rather have for the price.
That's really stunning. I love the cushion shaped case of that model. It really helps it to stand out from the dozens of chronos on the market. I hope to see one maybe the next time I visit the Boutique in NYC (there are no GP dealers near me anymore).