Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon, White Gold

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This white gold Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon is a quintessential execution of the watchmaker's classic, pared-back aesthetic. With its black onyx dial, balanced with white Roman numerals and the Galet case, it is discrete and understated, all the while housing an impressive complication. The Classic Tourbillon earned a distinction at the 2010 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix in the men’s watch category.

Origins in motor racing

Laurent Ferrier: “I had been racing in Le Mans with my friend François Sérvanin between 1974 and 1981, and in 1979 we managed to get third place.

After this race, François had expressed an interest in Patek Philippe, suggesting that he had heard it was a great brand, so I gifted him a Nautilus with the case-back engraved with 24hr Le Mans, 1979. We had spoken over a very many years about starting a business together, and as François was retiring, he had the money to invest, so we went for it.

As 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.”

Mr. François Servanin & Mr. Laurent Ferrier at Le Mans.