Laurent Ferrier
Prototype Galet Classic Micro-Rotor | white gold

LF 229.01

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Laurent Ferrier
Prototype Galet Classic Micro-Rotor | white gold

LF 229.01

Regular price

This one-of-a-kind, white gold, Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Micro-Rotor was the original, first prototype, as indicated by the movement engraving. The watch was the personal watch of the former CEO of the brand, having initially served to house Laurent Ferrier’s newly developed, in-house calibre LF 229.01. This special watch was effectively a pre-collection piece, and was used as a testing-prototype during the final stages of the Micro-Rotor’s development. Unlike most working prototypes, this watch has been inspected and authenticated by Laurent Ferrier and comes with an Extract from the Archive from the brand, dated August, 2019.

The manufacture

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

The design

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 is engraved with a pattern.

The brushed, dark grey toned dial, the very first dial made for the reference, is accented with white gold, applied index markers - corresponding harmoniously with Laurent Ferrier’s ‘Assegai’-shaped hands. The index markers and hands are subtle in form and correspond harmoniously in shape.

The Movement

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.

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.

The Prototype Micro-Rotor

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

The set

This watch is accompanied by an Extract from the Archives, confirming the watch as a prototype, having been manufactured in 2013. It comes on one of our taupe Zürich grained calfskin strap, and is also accompanied by its original Laurent Ferrier alligator strap and white gold buckle. Like all prototypes, the manufacture does not offer a warranty on the movement, as they represent a unique stage of development, prior to the final design of the watch.  

A Collected Man is the authorised re-seller of pre-owned Laurent Ferrier watches. Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment only.

Brand: Laurent Ferrier
Model: Galet Micro-rotor - Prototype
Movement: prototype mechanical self-winding (automatic) micro-rotor LF 229.01
Functions: time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: prototype, display back, grey dial
Case: 40 mm white gold
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Strap: taupe Zürich calfskin strap, original Laurent Ferrier alligator strap and stainless steel buckle
Lug/buckle width: 20mm/16mm
Year: 2013
Box & papers: Archive Extract from Laurent Ferrier
This Laurent Ferrier Prototype is in excellent condition. The watch comes with an Extract from the Archive of the brand, dated August, 2019. The movement is currently running well and the overall condition of the watch is excellent, with only some minor scuffing throughout (more noticeable on the bezel between 12 and 1 o'clock). It is guaranteed for authenticity, and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

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. 

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