Laurent Ferrier - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Laurent Ferrier
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: LCF010.AC.JAWV
    Case No: 241
    Model Name: Classic Micro-Rotor “TimeForArt”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. FBN 229.01, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed Laurent Ferrier. “TimeForArt” engraving on caseback.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Laurent Ferrier certificate, travel pouch, and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Laurent Ferrier has always drawn its inspiration from the time-honored traditions of fine watchmaking. These vintage influences, combined with the eponymous designer’s professional experience, make it possible to create watches that are much more than mere tools for telling the time but real multisensory experiences. With the present lot, Laurent Ferrier has decided to actively champion contemporary art by supporting Swiss Institute’s TimeForArt auction for its very first edition.

    Since Arts and Fine Watchmaking have always been closely linked, Laurent Ferrier conceived this unique timepiece as an ode to both creativity and to the age-old expertise of traditional haute horlogerie. This unique interpretation of the Classic Micro-Rotor embodies a return to Art Deco aesthetic codes. Unmistakably modern, this artistic style is based on a certain geometric rigor, minimalism and graphic stylisation.

    Forest green Roman numerals give the piece a vintage feel while offering exceptional legibility. Finely decaled here with an Art Deco touch, they are combined with a modern, architectural hour circle. These minimalist green transfers beautifully enhance the whole dial made out of white jade. Sweeping over the dial are LF’s famous Assegai-shaped hour and minute hands, in 18-karat white gold, with a ruthenium treatment.

    The brand’s iconic Classic case stands the test of time. The stainless steel 40 mm diameter case features the same harmonious contours as the very first Laurent Ferrier creation, the former “Galet” Classic Tourbillon. Smooth like a pebble, shape of the large, refined and understated models of 19th century watchmaking, notably the pocket watches. It also features the same emblematic ball-shaped crown whose gracious architecture is inspired as well by 19th-century pocket watches. Its original proportions and plump shape make winding a true pleasure.

    This aesthetic feature has become a trademark feature on all watches bearing the Laurent Ferrier signature. The detailed design down to the hooked case back allows you to admire the movement, visible at the back, free from all distraction. The watchmaker can access the movement via the olivette. Its water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 meters.

    This Classic Micro-Rotor TimeForArt unique timepiece conceals an exceptional complication, emblematic of the Laurent Ferrier collection. Laurent’s love for exceptional classic pieces teamed with innovative and complex engines led him to kit out this unique watch with his famous FBN 229.01 caliber. An in-house self-winding movement, it is equipped with a natural escapement micro-rotor. This escapement stands out with a unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor and a three-day power reserve.

    Generously donated by Laurent Ferrier, the watch is being sold to benefit the missions of Swiss Institute.

    The buyer of this lot may be eligible to receive a charitable tax deduction for their purchase. Please see section 10 of this Auction’s Conditions of Sale.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

A unique stainless steel wristwatch with white jade dial and green dial accents, certificate, and presentation box, sold to benefit Swiss Institute

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed Laurent Ferrier. “TimeForArt” engraving on caseback.

$30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $107,100

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022