With a knack for creating sensually shaped, understated, beautifully designed watches and movements, it’s hard to find somebody who doesn’t like Laurent Ferrier’s watches. When the maestro turned his hand to the luxury sports watch genre, he reverted his gaze to the 1970s when his passion for motorsports was at an all-time high and combined the smooth, elegant, flowing lines that characterise his work to create the Grand Sport. Powered by a high-end, hand-finished tourbillon movement, the Grand Sport Tourbillon made its debut in steel with an integrated rubber strap, followed by a model with an integrated steel bracelet. Today, the watch is catapulted into the realm of the ultra-luxury sports watch, dressed from head to toe in seductive matte 5N red gold with a delectable graduated chocolate-coloured dial.
Released in 2019, the Grand Sport Tourbillon was inspired by the two founders’ (Laurent Ferrier and François Servanin) mutual passion for car racing. The curvaceous lines of the Grand Sport Tourbillon were inspired by the sleek contours of a race car, and its power is derived from a high-performance engine, the LF619.01 tourbillon calibre with a double balance spring.
The Midas Touch
Coinciding with the brand’s 12th anniversary, the Grand Sport Tourbillon with integrated bracelet appears in a solid 5N red gold suit. Sharing the same dimensions as the earlier steel versions, the 44mm case diameter and height of 13.40mm in red gold means the weight has increased to 310gr. With its soft barrel-shaped case and cushion-shaped bezel, the watch emits a distinctive 1970s vibe and attenuates its dimensions with a clever play of convex and concave shapes and rounded edges. Integrated crown guards protect the signature onion crown to ensure the 100m water resistance of the case.
Using different brushed finishings – circular on the bezel, vertical on the case middle – the matte case looks sportier and warmer than a polished case. The three-link bracelet features similar satin-brushed finishings with brightly polished bevels on the central links.
Gradient chocolate Dial
Moving from a lighter chocolate tone in the centre to darker at the edges, the warm brown colour of the gradient dial works beautifully with the red gold. The signature drop-shaped hour markers and Assegai-shaped hands are crafted in red gold, treated with white Super-LumiNova and applied to the opaline dial. To accommodate the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, the markers at 5 and 7 o’clock are noticeably shorter. Emphasising the rounded appearance of the watch, the dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal.
In keeping with the brand’s pursuit of understatement, the tourbillon is not displayed on the dial. Visible on the reverse side of the case, the hand-wound, one-minute tourbillon movement is exquisitely finished with 30 hand-worked interior angles, polished countersinks and contemporary horizontal satin-brushed bridges with a ruthenium treatment. The movement stores 80h of power reserve and beats at a frequency of 3Hz. Equipped with a double balance spring, the movement originally inside the Classic Tourbillon won the Men’s Watch Prize at the GPHG in 2010.
AVAILABILITY & PRICE
The Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon Red Gold is a limited edition of 24 pieces and will retail for CHF 225,000 (excl. tax).
For more details, please visit laurentferrier.ch.