Prototype Galet Classic Micro-Rotor | white gold
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Box & papers:||Archive Extract from Laurent Ferrier|
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