Up Close With Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Tourbillon Double Balance-Spring Sector Dial
Since 2015, Laurent Ferrier Watches introduced the hunter, cushion or tonneau-shaped model known as the Square, designed to reflect the codes of the Galet that is now inseparably linked with the Laurent Ferrier universe. The latest interpretation, presented at Baselworld 2016, is the Galet Classic Square Tourbillon Double Balance-Spring Sector Dial, inspired by early 19th century pocket watches.
The new watch is designed to highlight the subtle characteristics of its design, with a play on original textures and subtle color shades. Inside the 41.5 mm 18k white gold case, the new dial is framed by a traditional railway minutes track surrounding the luminous silver-toned gleam of a circular satin-brushed chapter ring. It ensures maximum legibility of its applied hour-markers.
The diameter of the hollowed and snailed small seconds display at 6 o’clock has been subtly enlarged. The seconds markers appear in an outer circle, reflecting the codes of the chapter ring and endow the two-zone dial structure with a halo effect. The Galet Classic Square comes on an anthracite grey alligator leather strap with Alcantara lining, secured by a pin buckle or a double-blade folding clasp in 18K white gold.
The radiance of the chapter ring is counter-balanced by a silver-toned opaline-finish center, which creates the contrast of textures distinguished by pure composition and legibility that are hallmarks of Laurent Ferrier Mens Watches models. The inscription “Tourbillon Double Spiral” appears in powdered silver-toned grey to create a tone-on-tone effect, while the pair of “assegai-shaped” ruthenium-treated white gold hands complement the characteristic Laurent Ferrier drop-shaped hour-markers.
The watch is equipped with a tourbillon device originally conceived by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801, complemented by two head-to-tail mounted balance-springs in the center of the balance. The main advantage of this construction developed by Laurent Ferrier lies in maintaining the center of the balance firmly on its axis, while compensating for the effects of gravity. This approach guarantees the reliability of the regulating system.