Laurent Ferrier’s two most classic designs, the Square and Classic Micro-Rotors, gain a bold yet elegant evergreen dial that complements stainless steel and 18k red gold cases. It was only eight years ago that we saw the stainless steel Galet Square with a blue or gold-tone dial, and the new darker colour definitely makes a statement in either metal. This isn’t the brand’s first green dial, as we saw the Classic Micro-Rotor Magnetic Green last year, but it’s certainly distinctive with quite a presence.
Although the two cases have different shapes, they share a design ethos. Both have ball-shaped winding crowns and curved edges, eliminating any hard angles. Known by Laurent Ferrier as Galet, it’s a soft, round aesthetic that is translated as “pebble” in English. The round Classic case is 40mm in diameter, while the Square case is a bit larger at 41mm x 41mm, but the cushion design basically compensates as it wears small(ish) on the wrist. Both are 11.1mm in height with a water-resistance rating of 30 metres and come in either stainless steel or 18k red gold. There are sapphire crystals front and back, and the movement can only be accessed by the brand’s watchmakers via the olivette at the caseback’s bottom bezel. All models come with a brown calf leather strap and matching Alcantara lining and either a pin buckle or folding clasp in steel or 18k red gold.
The evergreen dial was inspired by nature – growth and renewal – and has a deep shade and vertical satin-brush finish. The stainless cases have 18k white gold indices and spear-shaped hands (baton seconds hand), while the 18k red gold cases have rose gold counterparts. In Laurent Ferrier style, these are simple time-only pieces with a small seconds aperture at 6 o’clock. There are no dial variances between the Classic and Square designs, so it’s just a matter of which case suits your style.
The models share the same proprietary FBN 229.01 calibre, which is an exceptional micro-rotor with a natural escapement. This silicon escapement has a double direct impulse on the balance, so there are two escape wheels and a special, compatible pallet lever. This means that the balance is restarted twice per oscillation, maximising energy efficiency and guaranteeing a high amplitude of the balance. It has 35 jewels, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz) and has a 3-day power reserve. The unidirectional micro-rotor allows for a thin movement at only 4.35mm. Hand finishing is impressive with Côtes de Genève, perlage, polished bevels, black polished steel and more. True haute horlogerie.
As mentioned, both models come in either stainless steel or 18k red gold, and the prices are as follows: both the steel Classic and Square are CHF 47,500 with a pin buckle or CHF 49,000 with a folding clasp, while the 18k gold models are CHF 57,500 with a pin buckle or CHF 60,500 with a folding clasp.
For more information, please visit Laurent Ferrier’s website.