At the SIHH a year ago, Laurent Ferrier presented a magnificent watch, both outwardly and in fact: the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece . In addition to the fact that it was furnished with a brand-new development, hand-twisted and with a smart annual calendar show yet the plan, absolutely in accordance with our impression of Ferrier, was simply wonderful. And there was that light yellow gold case too… One of our most loved “indie” watches of 2018. As a feature of the Pre-SIHH 2019 oddities, the Geneva-based brand is dispatching new forms of this watch, the Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece Opaline Black & White, with new dial tones and finishes.
Last year’s form dazzled us with a rich plan, its two-tone brushed dial, its new in-house development and a cunning annual calendar instrument with simple changes. Surely, there was no requirement for intense alterations. Henceforth the motivation behind why for the SIHH 2019, basic advancements of the Galet Annual Calendar will be introduced. Precisely indistinguishable and outwardly very comparative, the new forms of this watch vary with opaline-completed dials, accessible in white and black and for numerous situation materials.
The case, which will be offered in hardened steel, in 5N red gold or in “Desert Sand” yellow gold, doesn’t change fit as a fiddle. It holds its exquisite extents, with a 40mm breadth and a 10.10mm tallness – without the sapphire precious stone on top. It is exceptionally domed and has a tallness of 12.80mm. We could live with a couple of millimeters less however the complex showcase additionally needs to breathe. By and by, the case is round with an adjusted bezel and flimsy brushed lines on the outskirts. On this focal compartment, the straight hauls are joined with cabochons at their tips. Exquisite and classic.
The principle curiosity on these Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece Opaline Black & White are the dials. While beforehand including two-tone, brushed, metallic shaded dials – see here – either in silver or anthracite, these new releases feature smooth, uni-hued dials with a matte surface. More differentiated, marginally less complex, no less appealing. Hands and signs are equivalent to the past variants – for example with the sublimely finished Assegai-formed hands. Some careful hued complements breath life into the dial, with the date track of the white form painted in blue and the black version including a few red accents.
The show of the Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece is traditional: hours and minutes in the middle, little seconds at 6 o’clock and calendar signs set like a 1940s triple calendar – date on the outskirts with a focal hand, windows at 12 o’clock for the afternoon and the month. Being an annual calendar, this watch will naturally conform to the correct date (for quite a long time with 30 or 31 days) and will require just a single revision a year, toward the finish of February. The days of the week are refreshed by basically pressing the catch at 10 o’clock and all the other changes are made by pulling and turning the crown. The quick change of the date with the focal hand can be made by turning the crown advances and backwards.
Powering this watch is an exclusive development, type LF126.01. Interestingly, Laurent Ferrier settled on a less difficult arrangement with a standard Swiss switch escapement rather than the immediate twofold drive found on the Galet Micro-Rotor. The complexity is found on the calendar module. This hand-wound development holds the style made by the brand, with heavenly improvement and highlights a long “edge” type click ratchet, which has become an unmistakable mark of Ferrier. The development is ruthenium-covered and shows the force save on the principle bridge.
To secure the watches on the wrist, Laurent Ferrier picked a nectar crocodile leather Alcantara lining for white dials or matte dim gator leather with Alcantara lining for black dials.
These new Pre-SIHH 2019 Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece Opaline Black & White will be officially introduced in January however we definitely realize that the steel model will be estimated at CHF 50,000 and the gold models at CHF 55,000. More subtleties at www.laurentferrier.ch .