We continue our live blogging from SIHH 2017 with another awesome new model. Laurent Ferrier, as you might know, is a favorite of ours, with its superb, understated, slightly vintage-inspired watches and the highly decorated and technical movements that go along with them. This year, they have a tourbillon to show, but contrary to previous creations, this tourbillon double-spiral is now visible from the dial (and that is not like Laurent Ferrier at all).
Once again, the goal here is not to go over every single detail. We’ll do that later, once the hectic SIHH week is over. Still, we want you to enjoy the beauty of the novelties being introduced. And what a beauty we have with this Laurent Ferrier Galet Tourbillon. And what a surprise too. Usually, the norm at Laurent Ferrier is to hide the tourbillon and to show it only from the movement side. It is something Mr. Ferrier always wanted. Yet, this year, the tourbillon is exposed.
Whilst it is indeed visible from the dial side, it’s not overly exposes. When we asked, the brand said that even if there was a huge demand for an open dial, it doesn’t mean that the tourbillon has to be all in your face. Thus, the regulator is still somewhat hidden under a large (and perfectly finished) steel bridge. Understatement and refinement are keys at Ferrier. Technically speaking, it still relies on the double-spiral configuration (one spiral equalizes the faults of the other) and a movement that is decorated to perfection.
And finally, this Laurent Ferrier Galet Tourbillon Open features an oh-so-desirable dial, combining a brushed silver finish and a dark sector that acts like an hour track. Simply elegant and refined. Again a very pleasant creation. Price: 169,800 EUR. www.laurentferrier.ch.