Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole British Racing GreenReference# LCF024.AC.BRG.1Manufacturer's retail price: $40,000.00Compare
- Limited Edition: 10 pieces
- Case: stainless steel
- Size: 40mm
- Movement: automatic winding caliber FBN 229.01
- Power Reserve: approximately 72 hours
- Water Resistance: 30m
- Dial: British racing green, lacquer
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Hands: Assegai-shaped
- Strap/Bracelet: dark brown leather
Laurent Ferrier recently participated in the London Craft Week 2018, an event that showcases exceptional and innovative British and international craftsmanship. To celebrate this Britishness, Laurent Ferrier drew inspiration from his other passion alongside watchmaking: race driving.
When he was a boy, Laurent Ferrier was impressed by race cars not only for their performance but also for their design. He had a poster in his bed room featuring the Triumph Spitfire racing in Le Mans. Laurent Ferrier recalls: “To me, it was the most beautiful car ever. I wanted to drive it so badly! I was also completely devoted to its shapes and of course the color was striking.”
The British racing green takes its name from the green international motor racing color of the United Kingdom used till the end of 60’s. At that time, race cars were designed and built by incredible craftsmen. The idea of creating a Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole British Racing Green became obvious to pay a tribute to craftsmanship in the London Craft Week.
The dial is lacquered as cars used to be. The silver sub-dial reminds of car rims. The leather strap is inspired by the bonnet straps that were very common in the 60’s. The railroad and the hour markers are a nod to speedometer. For this very special timepiece, Laurent Ferrier chooses the School Piece case because it offers a wider view on this exclusive dial. On the movement side, the traditional Côte de Genève motif complements this elegant design.
The harmonious construction of caliber FBN 229.01 stems from the global approach envisaged for each of the movement parts, from development through to realization. The technical specifications are extremely rigorous, since Laurent Ferrier refuses any compromises in this domain.
The automatic winding system was invented in the late 18th century and takes advantage of the watch wearer’s arm movements to wind the barrel spring and thus store up the energy required to run the mechanism. The device has been constantly used and enhanced ever since.
Laurent Ferrier wanted to create a movement with a micro-rotor and a comfortable power reserve. To achieve this implied finding a system ensuring perfect winding in order to compensate for the lower inertia of a small oscillating weight. In fact, a micro-rotor needs as twice as many rotations (300vs. 150) for one complete turn of the ratchet wheel.
The caliber’s exclusive silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance is inspired by the father of modern horology, Abraham-Louis Breguet. This modern construction, associated with the use of cutting-edge materials, maximizes the restitution of energy. The excellent efficiency of this escapement serves to reduce the torque required to wind the mainspring and hence optimizes the movement winding.
The exceptional finishing of the movement is crafted in the finest watchmaking traditions in Laurent Ferrier’s Geneva workshops. In addition to a Côte de Genève pattern on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, the flanks are hand-drawn, the wheel spokes are beveled, the screw heads are polished and the interior angles are hand-crafted. The mirror polishing done by hand on the pawl, the balance-clock and the micro-rotor bridge, as well as the guilloché motif on the 18-carat solid gold micro-rotor, give this model an entirely distinctive radiance. The sapphire crystal caseback provides a glimpse of the finesse of this workmanship and reveals harmonious architecture stemming from a clever combination of lines and curves.
The Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole British Racing Green is fitted with a dark brown leather strap. A pin buckle matching the color of the case sets a refined finishing touch. The caseback is snap-fastened and can be removed by the watchmaker thanks to the olivette. Its water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 meters.