Hunter, cushion, barrel (tonneau): these are all everyday words that horology has adopted to describe the shapes of watch cases, but only the French term Galet (pebble) has become inextricably bound up with the Laurent Ferrier universe. Galet is the name of the first collection from the manufacture, unveiled in 2010.
Its evolution has been gentle and gradual, like the curves of minerals polished by the waves. The pebble, stemming from centuries of the incessantly repeated work of nature, magnifies the softness and purity of shapes. For Laurent Ferrier, the Galet embodies the perfect integration of all case components, as if one were holding a pebble in one’s hand.
For this new unique steel model, available exclusively at Cellini Jewelers, Laurent Ferrier revisits an Art Deco aesthetic while giving it a contemporary twist. This timepiece is intended to be resolutely original while complying with the brand’s signature design codes.
The dial is enhanced with harmoniously varied tones and textures through associating raised Superluminova for the chapter ring, a vertical satin-brushed finish on the dial, and a snailed small seconds subdial. The dial is also graced with ìassegai-shapedî hours and minutes hands enhanced with Superluminova, and a baton-shaped seconds hand.
The pure aesthetic codes of the maison have been maintained, but in this 41mm size, the model is more powerfully present on the wrist than its predecessors. Fitted with a ball-shaped winding-crown ensuring pleasing handling, the back is equipped with a snap-on back ensuring that the movement remains easily accessible to watchmakers via the olivette.
The movement is a self-winding FBN 229.01 caliber, equipped with a unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor and offering a three-day power reserve. This is the first exclusive in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. It is fitted with a silicon escapement featuring a double direct impulse on the balance. This technology developed by Laurent Ferrier enables the balance to be impelled twice per oscillation, a principle that requires two escape wheels and an appropriately shaped lever. This innovative construction, combined with the use of cutting-edge materials, maximizes energy efficiency, thereby guaranteeing a high amplitude of the balance. This in turn reduces the amount of mechanical force required to wind the mainspring and optimizes winding.