Laurent Ferrier
Prototype Galet Micro-rotor | steel


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Laurent Ferrier
Prototype Galet Micro-rotor | steel


Regular price

This one-of-a-kind, steel Laurent Ferrier ‘Galet Classic’ Micro-Rotor was the first prototype, as indicated by the movement and case-back engraving. The watch was previously sold at Only Watch in 2011, having initially served to house Laurent Ferrier’s newly developed, in-house caliber LF 229.01. This special timepiece was the first of the line, and was used as a prototype during the final test stages of the Micro-Rotor’s development.

Laurent Ferrier is a true independent manufacture, making only several dozen watches per year, at a very high level. It is headed by Laurent Ferrier himself, who worked at Patek Philippe for 40 years, finishing as their creative director.

This Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor is sized at a contemporary 40mm, and has a distinctive amorphous, bevel-free shape. The case features a rounded bezel, thin lugs and the manufactures' signature onion shape crown, which work proportionately well together. The entire watch is polished and mirror finished, while the crown itself engraved with a pattern.

The chestnut brown, guilloché-worked flinqué dial is delicately textured, with concentric ‘waves’ radiating from the centre, interrupted only by Laurent Ferrier’s motif and subsidiary-seconds dial. On top of this, are Laurent Ferrier’s signature ‘Assegai’-shaped hands. The index markers and hands are subtle in form, and correspond harmoniously in shape.

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 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. This prototype example features many of the latest improvements, to match the final production design.

Impressively, this Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor utilises 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.

Like the front, the case-back is covered by a sapphire crystal, revealing the "PROTOTYPE" engraving on the movement. The finishing 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 manufactures’ skilled craftsmen. By request, the “Only Watch” engraving (typically seen on the case, movement or dial) features on the side of the micro-rotor (although is not visible in our photography). 

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 72 hours.

Prototypes are usually closely-guarded by manufacturers, with the majority featuring in the the brands' own museums and collections. With so few production pieces leaving Laurent Ferrier’s Atelier d'Horlogerie, this example represents an extremely rare opportunity to acquire an important piece of independent watchmaking heritage.

This watch comes on an original Laurent Ferrier brown alligator strap; smooth, brown Prague calf-skin strap (with quick-change springbars) and a matching steel tang buckle.

Brand: Laurent Ferrier
Model: Galet Micro-Rotor Prototype - LF 229.01
Movement: automatic prototype Cal. FBN 229.01 
Functions: time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: display back, guilloché-worked flinqué prototype dial
Case: 40 mm stainless steel
Crystal: sapphire, front and back
Bracelet: Laurent Ferrier brown alligator strap; our Prague, steel Laurent Ferrier tang buckle
Year: 2011 (sale date)
Box & papers: original box and certificate from Laurent Ferrier
This self-winding, steel Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro Rotor (No. 1) Prototype comes as a full-set, with box and papers, and is guaranteed for authenticity. The watch is in excellent condition and whilst unserviced, comes with a complimentary (future) service  by Laurent Ferrier, at our expense.

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, unless stated otherwise, 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. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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