Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor Prototype, Besançon Certified, Stainless Steel

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This prototype of the Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Micro-Rotor* was initially sold at Only Watch 2011. The unique example was the first ever watch to house the independent brand’s in-house calibre LF 229.01 and was used as a prototype during the final test stages of the Micro-Rotor’s development. Housed in a 40mm stainless-steel case, it has an attractive guilloché worked flinqué dial in a warm, chestnut shade. The movement and caseback engravings attest to its significance as a prototype example. In addition to all its requisite box and documentation, the watch comes with its chronometre certification paperwork from the Observatoire de Besançon.


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.”

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