Right after SIHH 2017, I put in a couple of hours composing what I can call a “ love letter “. This letter was routed to a man (and his group obviously) for whom I have a ton of regard and fondness, Mister Laurent Ferrier . The subject of this letter was his most recent creation, the Galet Micro-Rotor “Montre Ecole” . Indeed, no compelling reason to say more, I adored this watch. In light of a similar great case and development, the brand presently presents another complication, exemplary and verifiably applicable (obviously) in the structure of the Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur.
What is a régulateur?
(Or controller in English) The fundamental truth to consider here is the separation of the signs. While in watchmaking, it feels common to have the seconds hand on a different sub-dial, the hours and minutes hands are, in by far most of the watches, appended to the same (typically focal) pivot. This design has become the standard and the characteristic method to understand time (and going astray from it may seem confusing from the outset). A controller observe however parts the signs by having the hours and minutes separated, with the minutes being the superstar, as shown on the focal hub, and the hours consigned to a more modest sub-dial – hence becoming an optional indication.
Now comes the inquiry: why? Why such a showcase? Above all else, we as a rule have a reasonable thought of great importance in our psyches and what we are searching for on a watch are basically the minutes. Thus, trust me, a controller watch isn’t unreasonably upsetting. To respond to the inquiry why, the appropriate response is basic: accuracy and change. Back in the days of yore, guideline was done physically and the reference time was not given by a nuclear clock or a battery driven clock. Accordingly, to improve watchmakers’ lives, workshops were generally prepared with a enormous divider clock with a controller show, to have a reasonable and moment perspective on the principle sign: the minutes. These divider timekeepers were the references for change. Afterward, the controller was actualized into watches (wrist and pocket-watches), notwithstanding, they generally remained quite secret and were viewed as watchmaker’s watches (or if nothing else as horology nuts watches)… which fits very well with the idea driving Laurent Ferrier.
The Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur
Now that the thought behind the controller watch has been explained, you ought to have a very smart thought of what to anticipate from this new Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur. it is an ideal utilization of the idea. Show astute, the deal is straightforward: minutes on the focal pivot, little second positioned traditionally at 6 (similarly as with all Laurent Ferrier watches with the Micro-Rotor development) and, the fundamental update, the hours showed on a sub-dial at 12. To put it plainly, a traditional presentation for a controller watch, anyway one that is entirely adjusted and exceptionally legible.
As normal with the assembling, the dial of this Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur is very spotless and refined: slight, completely cleaned and amazingly rich “assegai-formed” hand for the moment, leaf hand for the hours, cudgel hand for the seconds, hardly any engravings on the dial, yet with a touch of shading (blue for the name of the watch and the Arabic numerals at 15, 30, 45 and an hour) and a reasonable, entirely decipherable “rail route track” ring for the minutes. Indeed, the emphasis on such a watch is the sign of the minutes and here, it is effectively decipherable. However, different signs stay simple to get, particularly the hours that are appeared on a somewhat enormous sub-dial, which possesses practically all the accessible space of the upper portion of the dial. Besides, the cleaned up plan helps time-reading.
For this new Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur, the brand chose to utilize the lauded “Montre Ecole” case and generally speaking plan – which isn’t to baffle us. This 40mm case presented another shape, less stone like than a normal Galet Micro-Rotor. A perfectly cycle 3-piece case – a case that is named bassiné by the brand – on which straight and flimsy hauls are appended, with a cabochon as an afterthought. Old style, yet surprisingly elegant and modern… For the Galet Regulateur, two alternatives will be accessible: 18k white gold (appeared here) and treated steel. This case is ventured and shows pleasant subtleties, for example, meager brushed ring on the caseband, illuminating a perfect shape. It estimates 10.95mm in height.
Inside the instance of the Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur is a notable development, which obviously has been altered for the event (the controller is certainly not an additional module however it is straightforwardly incorporated into the movement). The development is the FBN Caliber 228.01, with programmed twisting politeness of a pawl-fitted micro-rotor, conveying a 72-hour power hold. It includes a silicon escapement with twofold direct motivation on the equilibrium and, true to form, a dazzling degree of improvement: huge hand-cleaned slants, flimsy and hand-made Geneva stripes, reflect cleaned steel parts, engraved micro-rotor… Plus the little subtleties that transform everything, like the inside points, chamfered wheel-spokes or chamfered screw-heads.
This new Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur feels like a characteristic advancement of the assortment, with an emphasis on watchmaking history and on exactness through the presentation. It will be accessible from retailers as of July 2017, and evaluated at CHF 37,000 for the steel rendition and CHF 47,000 for the 18K white gold form (CHF 2,000 more than the Montre Ecole). More subtleties on laurentferrier.ch .
Technical Specifications – Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur
- Case: 40mm breadth x 10.95mm thick – bassiné case in steel or 18k white gold – sapphire precious stone on the two sides – 30m water resistant
- Movement: FBN Caliber 228.01, in-house – programmed winding through micro-rotor – 21,600vph recurrence – 72-hour power save – silicon escapement with twofold direct motivation on the equilibrium – hours, minutes by means of controller and little second
- Dial: Silver conditioned, vertical glossy silk brushed finish, Hour and Seconds counters recessed with a nickel snailed finish, delivers 18k white gold
- Strap: Gray croc calfskin, hand-sewn – pin clasp coordinating the case material
- Reference: LCF026.AC/G
- Price: CHF 37,000 in steel/ CHF 47,000 in18K white gold
- Availability: July 2017