In an extreme departure from the smooth, rock formed cases we partner with Laurent Ferrier, the Bridge One accepts another calculation set apart by streaming rectangular lines with rounded edges and a solid Art Deco vibe. The development, molded to coordinate the case, is additionally new and fitted with a conventional Swiss switch escapement instead of the characteristic escapement highlighted on the majority of LF watches. Disclosed during the SIHH 2019, we had the option to invest some energy with the novel Bridge One.
Sources of Inspiration
The more you take a gander at the rich streaming lines of the case, the greater complexity you begin to detect and the more wellsprings of motivation you begin to spot; which is not really amazing given the long and recognized profession of expert watchmaker Laurent Ferrier.
Ostensibly, a created iron bridge that Ferrier could see from his window as a youngster enlivened the case. The Passerelle de l’Ile in Geneva was completed in 1876 and designed as a pedestrian bridge to cross the quick streaming waters of the River Rhone. Still being used today, the milestone bridge is actually a ‘horse bracket’s with its latticework of three-sided structures. As should be obvious, the long bending carries and cambered case viably copy the curved profile of the bridge and the decision of hardened steel for the case echoes the mechanical idea of the support bridge.
However, a considerable lot of you will detect a much more straightforward relationship with the Arpal One , a joint imaginative experience between Laurent Ferrier and Urwerk for Only Watch 2017 – which brought forth the 5-piece Laurent Ferrier x Urwerk LF-UR-2-Titanium . The liquid lines and smoothed out bodywork of Arpal One unmistakably referred to Ferrier’s other enthusiasm for hustling vehicles. As a significant number of you know, one of the conditions for Ferrier to get back to Patek Philippe in 1974 was to permit him time at the ends of the week to enjoy his enthusiasm for hustling. Indeed, Ferrier came in third at the Le Mans 1979 on board a Porsche 935 Turbo, simply behind Paul Newman.
Now that we have mentioned Patek Philippe – where Ferrier labored for a very long time prior to going solo – you can likewise spot subtleties from the formed dress watches that arose out of Patek’s (and Vacheron Constantin’s) workbenches propelled by the perfect clearing lines of Art Deco, including the Gondolo . Try not to miss Xavier’s in-depth report of molded watches by Vacheron and Patek.
Spanning the wrist
The measurements of the tempered steel case – 30mm wide x 44mm long, with a thickness of 14.58mm – wear huge and add to the commanding presence of this watch. In spite of the fact that I went gaga for the esthetics of the watch quickly, it was definitely too large for my wrist. The jutting hauls and the prolonged case save this watch to men. Notwithstanding, the articulated cambering of the case and drags permits the watch to sit flush against your skin.
As with all Laurent Ferrier watches, the completions are faultless and the situation of the Bridge One sparkles in the light with its finely cleaned inward and curved surfaces. A case that gives a false representation of its complexity from the outset, details like the slight tightening happening halfway on the erupted hauls or the fluted finish of the crown uncover an arousing physicality that is a common denominator of all Laurent Ferrier’s watches.
A round sapphire gem with rich inclined edges secures the dial that is accessible in two completions: one in Grand Feu white lacquer and the second in a record dim tone – the last additionally adds a little seconds counter to the presentation. For an additional shot of vintage, the sapphire glass has been colored. The long, slender hour markers and two Roman numerals (XII and VI) fit the retro mind-set of the case consummately as do the trademark darkened “Assegai-hands” created in white gold.
Although I was at first put off constantly track, I can perceive how it echoes the mechanical design of the Geneva bridge that roused the watch. For our active review, we needed to feature this plated adaptation for three reasons. To begin with, it is simpler to peruse and has less reflections than the record dim model. Second, it feels significantly more in accordance with the vintage feel of this watch. At last, who can oppose the excellence of a stupendous feu finish dial?
By turning over the case, you can get a genuine vibe for the underlying engineering of the watch. You can truly see the bend of the drags in real life and the perfectly rounded edges. Supported between the angling carries is the rear of the case and by and by, you can see the marginally indented waistline in the center and the sloped shapes. The little lip at the lower part of the caseback is to get to the movement.
The explicit calculation of the Bridge One required a rectangular-formed development. Rather than building a development without any preparation, Laurent Ferrier adjusted its current yearly schedule development and reshaped it to fit the case – essentially, same barrel, same stuff train, same escapement, without the schedule module on top and with various bridges. The exclusive manual-winding LF107.01 type includes a Swiss switch escapement, beats at 3Hz and has a comfortable force save of 80 hours.
The state of the bridges has likewise been changed to mirror the rectangular case and are ruthenium plated and decorated with thick, vertical Geneva stripes. The mainplate highlights round graining, the inside points are physically chamfered and the screw heads are polished.
Both the white dial and record dark dial models come on either a honey-shaded crocodile leather lash with white sewing or a honey Timberland leather tie with the decision of a pin clasp or collapsing fasten. The current white veneer model in tempered steel retails for EUR 37,000. More details on www.laurentferrier.ch .