Laurent Ferrier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XI Geneva Sunday, June 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Laurent Ferrier
    Year: 2015
    Movement No: 007
    Model Name: Galet Traveller
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. LF230.01, 48 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Laurent Ferrier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Laurent Ferrier Guarantee card stamped by Singapore retailer The Hourglass and dated October 27, 2015, instruction manual, loupe, etched metal card depicting the time zones of the world polishing cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    At an age when most men would take advantage of their retirement, Laurent Ferrier set on a long and winding road to create his own brand.

    A trained watchmaker, Laurent Ferrier spent close to 37 years in product development at Patek Philippe, taking only a short yet exciting break in order to pursue his passion for automobile racing, a stint punctuated by a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979 right behind none other than Paul Newman! 

    Ferrier presented his first watch in 2010, the Galet Classique, a superbly classical yet suave timepiece with a phenomenally gorgeous and painstakingly hand decorated tourbillon movement. His vision of pure elegant designs and superbly finished movements has made the brand a favourite amongst aficionados of independent watchmaking.

    The Galet Traveller is a superb modern take on the Patek Philippe dual time reference 2597 from the 1960s with two buttons on the case side that once pressed will move the hour hand backward or forward by one hour to set time in a new time zone, home time being elegantly displayed via an aperture at 9 o’clock whilst the date is indicated at 3 o'clock.

    The present example of Galet Traveller, fully embodies the timeless elegance Mr. Ferrier imbues his creations with. The large, very legible and clean dial presents somewhat of a sectorial design, with a clean center and a generously proportioned outer minute divisions ring. The thin dagger-shaped numerals cut through the division between the two parts of the dial, adding movement, flair and modernity to the ensemble. The case as well is absolutely timeless, featuring smooth clean lines and a nod to the earliest roots of portable watches in the onion crown.

    The Galet Traveller features a double direct-impulse natural escapement (an escapement devised by Breguet in the late 18th century and which very few watchmakers have managed to recreate) using two nickel phosphorous escape wheels and a silicon lever as ensuring better distribution of energy.

    The present piece is offered in virtually as-new condition and complete with its superbly finished “travel box” and accessories.

  • Artist Biography

    Laurent Ferrier

    Swiss • 2008

    Introducing its first watch to critical acclaim in 2010, Laurent Ferrier was founded by long-time Swiss watchmaker of the same name. Following a 37-year career at Patek Philippe, Ferrier founded the brand in 2008, creating timeless wristwatches inspired by the finest wrist and pocket watches from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Revered by collectors around the world for their genuine innovations and understated elegance, the brand specializes in exquisitely hand-finished movements featuring state-of-the-art watchmaking technology. Galet, or "pebble" in French, describes the signature feature of the brand's cases used across its collection — with soft curves, domed crystals and rounded edges reminding one of a smooth pebble.

    Key models include the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral and the Galet Micro-Rotor, with stunning movement architectures designed after prestigious observatory chronometer movements of the twentieth century.

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A very elegant white gold travel time automatic wristwatch with date, Guarantee and box

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF25,000 - 45,000 

Sold for CHF35,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020