Laurent Ferrier is one of the most respected independent watch makers in Switzerland. He worked for Patek Philippe for 30 years and eventually became technical director. He made his official debut with his own watch brand in 2010. His motto is simple. “I nurtured a dream of making watches that represent my horological values: simplicity, precision and pure, uncluttered beauty.”This year at SIHH he debut the Galet Square. Even though it’s called square, it’s really more of a cushion shape. This watch is very art deco. The case is not something new. We have seen this style before from many different watch brands. What makes this interesting for the brand is that it’s constructed out of stainless steel. Most of the watches we have seen from Laurent Ferrier have been executed in precious metals.
The Galet square has a very interesting dial enhanced with original tones and textures through associating raised Superluminova for the chapter ring, a vertical satin-brushed finish on the dial, and a snailed small seconds subdial.
The delicately enhanced slate-grey transfer around the periphery provides a perfect frame for the rounded shape of the markings on the chapter ring that are a nod to the brand’s iconic drop-shaped hour-markers. The small seconds picks up the central theme, thereby endowing this model with a fine aesthetic balance, in keeping with the principles of purity and legibility cherished by Laurent Ferrier.
The dial is detailed with “assegai-shaped” hours and minutes hands enhanced with Superluminova, and a baton-shaped seconds hand. The pure aesthetic codes of the Maison have been been maintained, but in this 41 x 41 mm size, the model is more powerfully present on the wrist than its predecessors. Fitted with a ball-shaped winding-crown ensuring pleasing handling, the back is equipped with a snap-on back ensuring that the movement remains easily accessible to watchmakers via the olivette. The movement is a self-winding FBN 229.01 calibre, equipped with a unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor and offering a three-day power reserve. The strap is leather and composite material with green stitching or light brown barbialla calf with Alcantara lining, hand sewn Buckle/clasp: pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp in stainless steel.
I know that Laurent Ferrier is a very exclusive manufacturer who makes less than 200 hand finished watches per year for the world. However a two handed watch in steel with a sub seconds hand for 30 plus thousand dollars in my opinion is way overpriced. This will retail for 35,000 Swiss Francs with a pin buckle and 36,000 Swiss Francs with a deployment buckle.