Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor - Baselworld 2014

Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor – Baselworld 2014

by Johnny McElherron

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 - New Dial 2014

Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor – New Dial 2014

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.

Laurent Ferrier Micro Rotor Movement

Laurent Ferrier Micro Rotor Movement

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.

    Author Bio

    Articles by Johnny McElherron


    Johnny McElherron was busy minding his own business as a successful company director, when one day he fell in love with watches. So deeply that soon after his eureka! moment he established The Watch Press as a vehicle where he could indulge his passion with gusto. What his eye beheld he would write about, in his own unique style, and in time his work penetrated through to numerous national and international mainstream and online publications. Today Johnny creates engaging content for watch industry clients, and in 2014 joined forces with the highly respected watch industry specialists Delos Communications, with whom he works to provide Delos clients with high quality content to ensure no part of their company message gets lost in translation.