For the upcoming edition of the Only Watch charity auction which will be held next month in Monte Carlo, Laurent Ferrier has prepared a unique watch of subtle and reserved beauty and elegance – Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral. A lovely sand-colored grand feu enamel dial of the watch features an unobtrusive, yet highly elegant depiction of a dove, as well as Monaco’s coat of arms on the small second sub-dial. However, the true jewel lies inside the steel casing of the watch – caliber 619.01, a chronometer-certified hand-wound tourbillon movement with a double balance spring. Furthermore, the movement inside is the very first one of the second version of the caliber and bears the reference “000”. In almost every other situation, the first produced movement is never for sale, but instead stays in the possession of the manufacturer. For the Only Watch 2013, Laurent Ferrier is selling this initial movement in its unique timepiece and thus enhances its exclusivity even further.
Laurent Ferrier is relatively a new brand in the world of high-end watchmaking. However, its founder after whom the brand is named is far from a novice in the field. After a long and fruitful stint in Patek Philippe that lasted almost four decades, Ferrier decided to found his own brand in 2010. In the very same year, Laurent Ferrier launched the first version of Galet Classic Double Spiral Tourbillon which proved to be very successful and was even crowned as the best piece in the men’s watches competition at Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve 2010. The watch was the world’s first tourbillon that incorporated two hair-springs which regulate one another and secure a steadier rate.
The Improved Second Generation of a Tourbillon Movement with a Double Balance Spring
This year, after the extensive research and development which lasted for 15 months, Laurent Ferrier was able to produce the second generation of its tourbillon movement with a double balance spring. The main focus was more efficient energy management. For this purpose, the brand’s designers have come up with a new geometry for the lever and for the escape-wheel. Furthermore, its balance was redesigned. In accord with the tourbillon mechanism with a double balance-spring, the regulating organ of this certified chronometer is characterized with exceptional rating regularity. As it has been mentioned, the original movement of the second generation is utilized in the timepiece that Laurent Ferrier donated to the charity auction in Monaco. This is certainly a curiosity which will attract die-hard aficionados of high-end watchmaking.
By the way, caliber LF 619.01 with the width of 14 lignes (31.6 mm) and the height of 5.57 mm includes 23 jewels and operates at the frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz). It is manually wound and when its power storage is completely full, it provides enough energy to keep the watch running for additional 80 hours. Needless to say, the watch likewise includes supreme hand-performed finishes and decorations, as it can be seen through the see-through case back. The movement’s bridges are graced with Cotes de Geneve motif, while the baseplate features circular graining. Moreover, edges and angles are chamfered and polished by hand, while the screw heads are chamfered and beveled. Finally, the barrel drum is engraved with the words “Only Watch”.
Unusually for Laurent Ferrier which mostly uses precious metals for the housing, the unique timekeeper made for the Only Watch 2013 auction is placed inside of a polished stainless steel housing. The three-body case is pebble-shaped as it is hinted in the name of the watch (Galet means pebble in French). Its diameter measures to 41 mm, while the thickness is 12.5 mm. Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral timepiece further has a concave lugs, a curved bezel, as well as a substantial receded crown. Its front and the see-through back are guarded with sapphire crystals. As the representatives of the brand have revealed, the construction guarantees that the watch is water proof, although they don’t provide the exact resistance to pressure. Still, it is safe to assume that the water resistance in question measures to basic 30 meters.
As it has been said, the dial of the watch is minimalistic in its design and highly elegant. Laurent Ferrier piece for the Only Watch charity event is made with a grand feu enamel dial in the color of sand made on an 18 K gold disc. Among the few rare decorations on the face there is a the larger dove motif, a symbol of hope, as well as the coat of arms of the Principality of Monaco. Both are executed in the same color as the dial, only in a slightly different shade. The small seconds hand counter is encircled with a ring made of 18 K white gold which is the same material used for the assegai-shaped hands (assegai is a sort of African traditional spear) and three hour markers in a form of a teardrop. The final touch of the elegant and technologically advanced timekeeper by Lauren Ferrier is a beige alligator leather strap with Alcantara lining which fastens with a pin buckle made from stainless steel. As the representatives of the brand have stated, the watch’s dial, case and movement are signed and the timepiece comes in a special fitted box and accompanied with a certificate.