If there is a hierarchy in watchmaking then Laurent Ferrier must surely find himself in the upper echelon because his is a career which is rich with achievements, including almost four decades with Patek Philippe. For most Master Watchmakers this would suffice, however in 2010 M. Ferrier set about creating his own eponymous watchmaking company. Since then accolades have followed, including the prestigious Men’s Watch category at the Grand Prix d’Horologerie in Geneva. Craftsmanship and innovation are at the core of every piece in the exclusive Laurent Ferrier portfolio and a mere mention of this watchmaker is guaranteed to promote a special kind of hushed reverence at any gathering of watch collectors. Aiming to remain resolutely independent, Laurent Ferrier calibres are as “in-house” as can be, and are developed, assembled and adjusted in the company’s Geneva workshops.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor – New Dial Options
Two new editions of the Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor were unveiled at Baselworld 2014, each offering a new interpretation of the simple, uncluttered aesthetics synonymous with this watchmaker. The tactile pebble-shaped case of the Galet collection, which is inspired by 19C pocket-watches once again provides the perfect frame for two new dial options. For these models, rounded Arabic numerals and a minute-track take the place of the elongated Roman numerals and slender markers of previous models – a subtle update which changes everything. The dial space appears increased, and the face seems bigger, flatter and of course, the eye is immediately drawn to the distinctive “assegai-shaped” hands at the centre.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor – The Craftsman’s Touch
Flawless attention to detail to even the most miniscule component is a notable feature of all Laurent Ferrier watches and the FBN 2209.01 calibre which powers these new models has, in the tradition of classical watchmaking received the craftsman’s touch – the bridges have been decorated with Côtes de Genève, the mainplate has been finished with circular graining, the wheel spokes are bevelled, all the interior angles are hand-crafted and even the screw heads have been polished. Laurent Ferrier took inspiration from the “natural” escapement invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet, in developing his off-centred micro-rotor, but there is modernity to be found through the use of silicon to create the lever in its double direct-impulse escapement. The pawl-fitted micro-rotor winding system is fixed between the mainplate and the micro-rotor bridge and in order to protect it a silent block shock system has been developed. The diminutive proportions of the rotor and its arrangement mean that there is a superb look-see through to the loupe-worthy finishing via the case-back sapphire.
The new Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor models will be available with options of either a black satin-brushed dial or an opaline silver-toned dial. Both editions are meticulously finished, with solid silver dials which have been vertical satin-brushed to catch the light, and hands which have been crafted from 18kt gold. A choice of dark or light brown alligator leather strap with Alcantara lining and a double folding clasp in 18kt white or rose gold adds a final flourish of luxury – as if it were needed.