Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon Sector Dial
The Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon Sector Dial pairs a gorgeous 18-carat white gold pebble-shaped case with a hand-wound movement, delivering a high degree of precision, denoted with chronometer certification.
This detailed review of the Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon Sector Dial includes live images, specification details and pricing.
New Year’s Eve is a funny time. One leg is stuck in the past, contemplating bygone times and feeling a sense of nostalgia. Conversely, the other leg is striding out into the future with a sense of optimism, wondering what life has to offer.
It was during one such New Year’s Eve, revelling in the festive celebrations, that I happened upon two chocolate brown, button-like eyes staring at me. They belonged to a gorgeously sweet sixteen year old girl and I was soon ensnared by her bewitching gaze. I was smitten.
Sometimes in life, we see something and within the briefest of moments we fall in love. The aforementioned girl has been my ‘significant other’ for the last 31 years. My point is that even with the briefest period of association, our head and heart can make a joint decision that proves wise, confers longevity and fulfils our lifetime desires.
Recently, I cradled a Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon Sector Dial in my hands and felt a mixture of reverence and affection. Once again, I was smitten.
Silver is the order of the day. However, Laurent Ferrier cleverly plays with the hue, employing both different tones and finishes, creating subtle pockets of contrast. Indeed, ‘subtle’ is a word which I keep wishing to use when describing this watch. It is a paragon of discreet design, gently conversing with the wearer in hushed tones. Similar to a person talking quietly, the listener is drawn ever closer, hanging on to every word and comprehending each soupçon of information imparted.
The ‘assegai-shaped’ hour and minute hands are white gold and echo the profile of the tear-shaped hour markers. The central area of the dial is silver-toned with an opaline-finish, contrasting very noticeably with the circular satin-brushed hour track.
The tear-shaped hour markers are made of 18-carat white gold, but delivered in a subtle black shade. The applied hour markers feature at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock. At noon, double baton style markers reside. The other hour markers sit flush with the dial membrane.
Framing the periphery of the silver-toned dial is a railway minutes track which engages in conversation with the supremely svelte tip of the minute hand, heightening the ease of interpretation.
Above 6 o’clock, a recessed small seconds display is presented, employing a seemly episode of snailing which wonderfully coalesces with the rest of the dialscape. Encircling the small seconds display is a circular satin-brushed outer circle, marked with a combination of short and black strokes.
The dial masterfully employs tonal contrast to impart tasteful interest. The words ‘Tourbillon Double Spiral’ spanning the dial membrane are muted in their character, courtesy of their powdered silver-toned grey formation. At first glance they can appear slightly aged or washed-out, but the subtlety of their being confers a delightful mien, brimming with elegance.
The 41.5mm 18-carat white gold case resembles a pebble, hence the soubriquet, ‘Galet’. However, while other watches are available with pebble or cushion-shaped cases, Laurent Ferrier adds value with a notably complex case construction. The case is stepped, necessitating a more protracted gestation period. Moreover, the case is incredibly smooth, standing testament to the exalted standards practised by the maison.
The crown is slightly bulbous while exhibiting a graceful air. Its knurled profile proves highly practical, allowing easy and simple manipulation between forefinger and thumb.
Gracing the rear of the case is a pane of sapphire crystal according sight of the gorgeous hand-wound movement. The specification is completed with an ‘anthracite grey leather strap with Alcantara lining’. The prospective purchaser has a choice of an 18-carat white pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp.
The hand-wound Calibre LF 619.01 is chronometer certified and, courtesy of its impressive power reserve, delivers 80 hours of autonomous operation.The frequency of the balance is 21,600 vph (3Hz) and the movement contains 188 parts, including 23 jewels.
The Galet Classic Square Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon Sector Dial is a paragon of precision. The tourbillon escapement mitigates the effects of gravity on the rate of the balance. However, Laurent Ferrier has taken this to another level by using two ‘head-to-tail’ mounted balance springs within the balance wheel. This latter feature ensures the centre of the balance remains firmly on its axis, ensuring incredible precision.
Nevertheless, to focus merely on precision would be remiss of me, for the finissage on this timepiece is outstanding. The bridges are adorned with the most exquisite and beautifully defined Geneva stripes. The mainplate is decorated with wonderfully executed perlage with each pearl perfectly overlapping its neighbour. The anglage is the product of deft use of hand and tool in perfect union, resulting in bridge bevels which sparkle with vitality. In particular, the interior angles are incredibly impressive.
I can think of few other watches which can surpass the level of finishing found on this exemplar of haute horlogerie.
I am a marketing professional by trade, albeit now I write about my real passion, haute horlogerie. For many years I employed a variety of techniques to make the good sound great and the mediocre appear remarkable.
Laurent Ferrier is the antithesis of marketing. It does not need to promote its prowess, its informed admirers will be able to readily discern the greatness in their midst. Moreover, by virtue of the protracted and painstaking methods of production, demand will always outstrip supply.
The Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon Sector Dial is, in my humble opinion, the finest example of the Genevan maison’s work to date and reaffirms why I will forever be smitten with this prepossessing timepiece.
- Model: Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon Sector Dial
- Case: 18-carat white gold; dimensions 41.5mm x 41.5mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds.
- Movement: Calibre LF 619.01, hand-wound movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3Hz); 23 jewels; power reserve 80 hours; 188 movement parts.
- Strap: Anthracite grey leather strap with Alcantara lining. Choice of 18-carat white gold pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp
- Price: CHF 180,000 (RRP as at 24.11.2016)