As was announced on Sunday, Laurent Ferrier showed two new watches at this SIHH, and while the calibers themselves were not new, we saw one new way to look at a caliber and another entirely new case style. Let’s walk you through these two updates with in-the-metal pictures taken yesterday in Geneva.
The Galet Tourbillon, Now With Open Dial
While the tourbillon was LF’s very first watch, it has, believe it or not, never made one with an open dial through which you can actually observe the tourbillon. Nay, one looks at the tourbillon from the back of a Laurent Ferrier! But, seemingly, someone somewhere asked for a watch where you could see the spinning carriage from the front of the watch, and that’s exactly what we have here. Only thing is, Laurent Ferrier has not turned the tourbillon itself around, so the best view is still from the rear, as is evident in the picture below.
That said, the watch from the front is just as lovely, and the new high-polished bridge that holds the tourbillon is really a beautiful thing. To compliment this new aperture at six o’clock, we have a two-tone sector dial and the result is just stunning. While some would say an open dial is not very Laurent Ferrier, I happen to like it very much. Would I choose it over the closed dial? Probably not, but I see the appeal.
You can read more about the watch right here.
The Laurent Ferrier Montre École
While there wasn’t a significant change in the tourbillon seen above, here we have an entirely new case shape. Called Montre École, or “school watch,” this 40mm completely round shape is inspired by the pocket watches of yesteryear. (A “school watch” is exactly that – a watch an apprentice would have made while learning the art of watchmaking, usually a pocket watch.) The lugs almost look as if they were attached to the case after the fact, as was common with pocket watch cases that were converted to accept a strap and make them wearable as wristwatches. Naturally, the concept was completely thought through, like everything else with Laurent Ferrier.
On the wrist, we have what may actually be the most traditional case style of any LF to date, and the thin lugs arch across the wrist beautifully.
So far we’ve seen just a few dial options and LF is offering these watches with an entirely new type (for Laurent Ferrier) of movement finish, as seen below.
In all, the caliber hasn’t changed (save the new finish), but this more typical round shape will definitely appeal to many that found the Galet shape not to their liking. You can read more about the watch here.