Galet Micro Rotor | Brushed Dial | steel
The Origin Story
Though it may not be apparent from the design of the watches themselves, the inception of the brand actually took place on a race track. Whilst at Patek Philippe, Ferrier used to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, with his friend François Sérvanin. This even culminated with the pair coming third in 1979, which Ferrier marked by gifting Sérvanin an engraved Nautilus 3700. Following their joint success, the two friends decided to launch the brand together, as Sérvanin was retiring and wanted to invest in a new venture. As Ferrier puts it,
"He wasn’t a collector or connoisseur, he gave me carte blanche in terms of the approach and design. It was of absolute importance, in my mind, that we develop a calibre from scratch, so myself and my son Christian, set about making that happen."
A Classic Design
Much like the case, the dial adopts a subtle, classic approach, with a finely brushed finish and recessed, snailed subsidiary seconds. The two patterns offer a welcome texture, in contrast to the highly polished case. These are accented with applied Breguet numerals, corresponding with Laurent Ferrier’s signature ‘Assegai’-shaped hands. Both the index markers and vertical brushing on the dial are reminiscent of some early Patek Philippe Calatrava models, which often featured the two together.
The dial signature at 12 o’clock is also a silvery-grey print, maintaining the overall minimalistic design and colour palette. The grey dial is one which is executed on a number of Galet Micro-Rotors, though few capture the look and feel of Laurent Ferrier’s main source of inspiration more prominently than this combination.
The timekeeping of the Galet Micro-Rotor is impressive - it is chronometer-certified by the Besançon Observatory, outperforming its more commonly, COSC-approved peers. It has a power reserve of 80 hours.
|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:||Tokyo grey grained leather strap; Laurent Ferrier alligator strap; steel Laurent Ferrier buckle|
|Box & papers:||outer box, inner box, papers from Laurent Ferrier|
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