This Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor was released at Baselworld 2014, as part of an update to the Galet Micro-Rotor series. With a delicate eggshell-coloured dial and updated Arabic numerals and minute track, the piece is a striking interpretation of the original. The watch pairs an elegant design with an innovative movement in the form of a self-winding micro-rotor, which is chronometer-certified by the Besançon Observatory.
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.”