Galet Micro-rotor | Brushed Dial | steel
Ref. FBN 229.01
This Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor is sized at a contemporary 40mm, and has a distinctive amorphous, bevel-free shape. The case features a rounded bezel, thin lugs and the manufactures' signature onion-shaped crown, which work proportionately well together. The entire watch is polished and mirror finished, while the crown itself engraved with a pattern.
The brushed-grey dial is accented with white-gold, applied Breguet numerals - corresponding harmoniously with Laurent Ferrier’s Breguet-style hands. The index markers and hands are subtle in form, and correspond harmoniously in shape.
Powered by the in-house, self-winding calibre LF 229.01, it has an incredibly high-quality movement that combines traditional watchmaking, with modern innovation. Interestingly, where haute-horology often favours a manual-winding movement that’s not blocked by a rotor, Laurent Ferrier decided that contemporary needs, called for an automatic movement. The solution was the incorporation of a micro-rotor as a winding mechanism, allowing the architecture of the movement to be shown completely. The fan-shaped micro-rotor is made of solid gold and is suspended by a large bridge, together, intended to create the impression of a bird standing on one foot. Furthermore, it uses a pawl, allowing it to wind in a unidirectional manner, adding efficiency and reliability.
Impressively, the Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor also utilises a double direct-impulse escapement, which improves the efficiency of the movement through its ability to use less power and maintain amplitude, achieved through the escape-lever being locked down between two escape wheels. The finishing of the movement is a major focus for the Galet Micro-Rotor, with contrasts established between the perlage backdrop and the thick circular-grained Geneva stripes on the bridges. The incredibly precise finishing of the interior angles is achieved through the use of a burin, and the handwork of the manufacture’s skilled craftsmen.
The timekeeping of the Galet Micro-Rotor is equally impressive - it is chronometer-certified by the Besançon Observatory, outperforming its more commonly, COSC-approved peers. It also has a power reserve of 72 hours.
With such a limited number of luxury watches produced in steel, examples such as this Laurent Ferrier Micro-Rotor often reach higher prices at auction than the same models in precious metals. The combination of the steel case, with applied Breguet numerals and Breguet-style hands, adds a further level of appeal to this piece. Thus far, it's one of only 8 pieces to be delivered in this combination.
This watch comes with one of our lightly-grained, Antwerp calfskin straps; its original Laurent Ferrier strap; corresponding steel deployant clasp and accompanying box and original paperwork.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Movement:||mechanical automatic Cal. FBN 229.01|
|Functions:||time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||display back, brushed dial, Breguet numerals|
|Case:||40 mm stainless steel|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Strap:||Antwerp grey calfskin strap; dark grey Laurent Ferrier alligator strap; steel Laurent Ferrier deployant clasp|
|Box & papers:||original box and papers from Laurent Ferrier|
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