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, champagne dial is accented with white-gold, applied index markers - corresponding harmoniously with Laurent Ferrier
’s assegai-shaped 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 stainless steel, examples such as this Laurent Ferrier Micro-Rotor
often reach higher prices at auction than their precious metal counterparts. The custom combination of the steel case, paired with a champagne dial, adds a further level of appeal to this piece. As special commissions go, this one's hard one to beat.
This watch comes with one of our lightly-tanned, Capri
nubuck leather straps; its original Laurent Ferrier
strap; corresponding steel tang buckle and accompanying box and original paperwork.
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