This Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Micro-Rotor
is sized at a contemporary 41mm, and has a distinctive amorphous, bevel-free shape. The white gold 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. Integrated on the left side of the case are two oblong push-buttons, which adjust the local time.
The subtly textured blue dial
is accented with white-painted, white-gold, applied index markers - corresponding harmoniously with Laurent Ferrier
’s ‘Assegai’-shaped hands that are finished in the same way. The index markers and hands are subtle in form, and correspond harmoniously in shape. Between the applied indexes, a light blue tone is used to mark the minutes on the outer track.
These free-flowing lines are only interrupted by the date aperture at three o'clock, the sub-seconds register at six o'clock, and the 24-hour home-time window at nine o'clock. The latter is not linked to the date function, making it a sensible take on what a GMT should do, referencing the home-time only, but not the date. Consequently, it is the central hands that show the local time, and these can be incrementally adjusted in both directions
. This intuitive system allows the Galet Traveller
to be quickly and easily adjusted. On a flight from London to New York, five pushes of the lower button would set the watch to the exact local time upon landing.
Powered by the in-house, self-winding calibre LF 230.01
, the watch 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 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, 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. It took two years to create the fully-integrated, dual-timezone mechanism and date
, the calibre LF 230.01
The timekeeping 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 80 hours.
This watch comes on one of our Oslo grey suede strap
s. It also comes with its original dark-blue alligator strap and corresponding white-gold tang buckle, as well as its accompanying box and original paperwork.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.