Laurent Ferrier Galet Square Micro Rotor | Boréal | Steel

LF 229.01

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Artistry meets manufacture in one of less than forty Galet Square Boréal, a rare variant of the Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Square. Produced in two colour variations (beige or green), the Boréal takes a dial design typical of the late ‘30s, and attractively combines it with a highly contemporary appearance. This example was purchased on 29th March 2018, and remains in excellent condition with its box and papers.

Used for maximum effect is a black satin-brushed dial, with a subtle dark blue-grey paint chosen for the minute markers, logo and snailed subsidary-seconds dial. This is contrasted by the green sector-ring, filled with superluminova for maximum luminosity in low light. Further to this, the dial features luminous ‘arrow-shaped’ hour and minute hands that correspond in their style to the sector ring. At 41mm, this version of the Galet, is 1mm bigger than the conventional size of a micro-rotor.

Laurent Ferrier is a true independent manufacture, lead by Monsieur Ferrier himself, who worked at Patek Philippe for 40 years, finishing as their creative director. The objective of the Galet Square is to assert a bolder presence on the wrist, whilst maintaining the classic “pebble” style from which the watch is inspired.The entire watch is polished and mirror finished, while the crown itself is engraved.

Powered by the in-house, self-winding calibre LF 229.01, it is an incredibly high-quality movement that combines traditional watchmaking and modern innovation. Interestingly, where haute-horlogerie often favours a manual-winding movement so that it is 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 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, this Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor employs a double direct-impulse escapement, that improves 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 perlaged backdrop and the thick circular grained Geneva Stripes on the bridges. When viewed under a loupe, the incredibly precise finishing of the interior angles are shown, which are uniformly achieved through the use of a burin, and the handwork of the manufacture's skilled craftsmen.

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.

This watch comes with on a rugged grey suede strap (accompanied by its original green-stitched black calf Laurent Ferrier strap), and a matching steel tang buckle.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment only.
Brand: Laurent Ferrier
Model: Galet Square Micro-Rotor Boréal
Movement: chronometer-graded mechanical automatic micro-rotor LF 229.01
Functions: time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: display back, luminous green sector-dial
Case: 41 mm stainless steel
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: rugged grey suede strap with Laurent Ferrier steel tang buckle
Year: March 2018
Box & papers: full set - box and papers
This preowned Laurent Ferrier Micro-Rotor Galet Square Boréal is in excellent condition. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes as a full set with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man, as well as what remains of the manufacturer's five-year warranty. 

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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