Laurent Ferrier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Laurent Ferrier
    Year: 2015
    Movement No: 206
    Model Name: Galet Micro-Rotor 40mm
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 229.01, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Laurent Ferrier alligator strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Laurent Ferrier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Laurent Ferrier Certificat d'Origine et Garantie stamped by Carmel by the Sea (CA) retailer Fourtané and dated December 16, 2015, instruction booklet, wooden loupe, fitted leather presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Laurent Ferrier is a true contemporary master watchmaker. Reuniting understated modern aesthetics and technical ingenuity, his production is rooted in the classic traditions of the past revisited with a modern twist.

    With its round case featuring elegant curves and a delicately stepped bezel, its brushed dial with Breguet numerals and hands, and its onion crown, the present Laurent Ferrier truly takes it inspiration by the most classical watch designs, but the dial color and modern 40mm size make it a modern reinterpretation of those timeless designs.

    The movement however is the true star of the show: perfectly fitting the case, it impresses with its impeccable finish and construction, showcasing superbly executed polished angles, elegant bridges and delicate Geneva waves. The double impulse balance wheel is a remarkable interpretation of an A.L. Breguet design and consists in the escape lever being placed between two escape wheels (while normal movements employ one escape wheel only).

    While all Laurent Ferrier timepieces are highly appreciated by the most refined collectors, the present piece pushes the boundary further with its stainless steel case and Breguet numerals. As it sometimes happens with high-end manufacturer,s Laurent Ferrier tends to case most of its production in precious metals. Stainless steel cases, such as the present one, are a rare exception to this norm. Research suggests that the present watch is one of only 8 pieces to be delivered in this combination. Compounding to the rarity, the steel case grants the watch incredible lightness and the presence of the full original sale kit it the icing on the cake for the most spoiled of collectors.

  • 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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An extremely scarce and highly refined stainless steel wristwatch with Breguet numerals, double direct-impulse escapement, warranty and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap and buckle signed

CHF25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF69,850

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

Geneva Auction 3 - 4 November 2023