March 16, 2017

On demand of our partner Swiss FineTiming, Laurent Ferrier has created a new version of the Galet Square Micro-Rotor offering an exceptional black-colored Grand Feu enamel sector dial with unique lugs in a limited edition of 10 pieces. It is an immense pleasure for Laurent Ferrier to have shared this moment of creativity with his exclusive partner in Chicago.

A distinctive dial

For this special edition, Laurent Ferrier presents a new composition of space on its sector dial, while respecting the aesthetic codes of its collection. The space is marked out by a white gold and delicately raised chapter ring featuring curved markers paying a distinctive nod to the brand’s iconic drop-shaped hour-markers.

This new black-colored Grand Feu enamel dial is punctuated by white gold Arabic numerals at 9, 12 and 3 o’clock and an applied chapter with a round cabochon cut finish, polished manually offering a beautiful volume effect and focus firmly on readability. The outer rail is complemented by anthracite painted Arabic numerals, and at 6 o’clock is an engraved circular small seconds on enamel with a powdered silver-toned grey transfer.

“Grand Feu” enamel is one of the most difficult techniques of the art of watches decorating but sets unalterable and refined decoration. The ultimate challenge is an absolute cleanliness, to prevent the inclusion of the smallest particle of dust, which would mark the smoothness of the structure.

The “assegai-shaped” gold hours and minutes hands are stamped in order to achieve the extreme slenderness of Laurent Ferrier model; while the baton-type seconds hand set the perfect finishing touches.

A unique case

To highlight the unique nature of this model, Laurent Ferrier designed distinctive lugs featuring a side decoration. The timepiece is fitted with a ball-shaped winding-crown ensuring smooth and pleasant handling.

The back sapphire was treated to reveal the Swiss FineTiming logo on the inner part. The back bezel shows the number of the timepiece out of ten. Its water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 metres.

Once again, Laurent Ferrier testifies to its determination and its ability to create models imbued with a pure aesthetic while also giving a preference to “bespoke” interpretations for unique occasions.

A tried and trusted movement

This watch is driven by the self-winding FBN Calibre 229.01 equipped with a unidirectional pawl-fitted Micro-Rotor and guaranteeing a three-day power reserve. This is the third exclusive in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. It comprises a silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance. This innovation developed by Laurent Ferrier gives two impulses to the balance per oscillation, a system requiring two escape-wheels and a specially designed lever.

Alongside the Côtes-de-Genève motif on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, the wheel spokes are bevelled, the screw heads are chamfered and polished and the interior angles are hand-crafted. The Galet Square Vintage America II Swiss FineTiming Limited Edition is equipped with a brown alligator leather hand stitched strap which has a double layer with a flat upper part, which gives the timepiece an additional volume, featuring an Alcantara lining.

The Galet Square Vintage America II Limited Edition to 10 pieces is exclusively available at our retailer in Chicago.

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