Laurent Ferrier Bridge One – In the Mood for Retro

In an extreme departure from the smooth, stone molded cases we partner with Laurent Ferrier, the Bridge One accepts another math set apart by streaming rectangular lines with rounded edges and a solid Art Deco vibe. The development, molded to coordinate the case, is likewise new and fitted with a customary Swiss switch escapement rather than the natural escapement featured on a large portion of LF watches. Divulged during the SIHH 2019, we had the option to invest some energy with the novel Bridge One.

Sources of Inspiration

The more you take a gander at the exquisite streaming lines of the case, the greater complexity you begin to detect and the more sources of motivation you begin to spot; which is not really surprising given the long and recognized vocation of expert watchmaker Laurent Ferrier.

Ostensibly, a created iron bridge that Ferrier could see from his window as a kid roused the case. The Passerelle de l’Ile in Geneva was completed in 1876 and designed as a pedestrian bridge to cross the quick streaming waters of the River Rhone. Still being used today, the milestone bridge is in fact a ‘horse bracket’s with its latticework of three-sided structures. As should be obvious, the long curving carries and cambered case viably imitate the angled profile of the bridge and the decision of tempered steel for the case echoes the modern nature of the support bridge.

However, a considerable lot of you will recognize a much more straightforward relationship with the Arpal One , a joint imaginative adventure between Laurent Ferrier and Urwerk for Only Watch 2017 – which brought forth the 5-piece Laurent Ferrier x Urwerk LF-UR-2-Titanium . The liquid lines and smoothed out bodywork of Arpal One unmistakably referred to Ferrier’s other enthusiasm for hustling vehicles. As a significant number of you know, one of the conditions for Ferrier to return to Patek Philippe in 1974 was to permit him time at the ends of the week to enjoy his enthusiasm for hustling. Indeed, Ferrier came in third at the Le Mans 1979 on board a Porsche 935 Turbo, simply behind Paul Newman.

Now that we have mentioned Patek Philippe – where Ferrier labored for a very long time prior to going solo – you can likewise spot subtleties from the formed dress watches that arose out of Patek’s (and Vacheron Constantin’s) workbenches motivated by the perfect clearing lines of Art Deco, including the Gondolo . Try not to miss Xavier’s in-depth report of molded watches by Vacheron and Patek.

Spanning the wrist

The measurements of the hardened steel case – 30mm wide x 44mm long, with a thickness of 14.58mm – wear huge and add to the commanding presence of this watch. Despite the fact that I became hopelessly enamored with the style of the watch quickly, it was definitely too huge for my wrist. The distending carries and the stretched case hold this watch to men. Nonetheless, the articulated cambering of the case and drags permits the watch to sit flush against your skin.

As with all Laurent Ferrier watches, the completions are perfect and the situation of the Bridge One glimmers in the light with its finely cleaned curved and convex surfaces. A case that misrepresents its complexity from the start, details like the slight tightening occurring halfway on the erupted drags or the fluted finish of the crown uncover a sexy physicality that is a common denominator of all Laurent Ferrier’s watches.

Minimalist elegance

A round sapphire gem with exquisite sloped edges ensures the dial that is accessible in two completions: one in Grand Feu white veneer and the second in a record dark tone – the last additionally adds a little seconds counter to the presentation. For an extra shot of vintage, the sapphire glass has been colored. The long, slender hour markers and two Roman numerals (XII and VI) fit the retro state of mind of the case impeccably as do the trademark darkened “Assegai-hands” created in white gold.

Although I was at first put off continuously track, I can perceive how it echoes the mechanical architecture of the Geneva bridge that propelled the watch. For our active review, we needed to feature this plated adaptation for three reasons. To begin with, it is simpler to peruse and has less reflections than the record dim model. Second, it feels much more in accordance with the vintage feel of this watch. At long last, who can oppose the magnificence of a stupendous feu lacquer dial?

By turning over the case, you can get a genuine vibe for the underlying architecture of the watch. You can truly see the curvature of the hauls in real life and the delightfully rounded edges. Supported between the angling hauls is the rear of the case and by and by, you can see the somewhat indented waistline in the center and the slanted contours. The little lip at the lower part of the caseback is to get to the movement.

Reshaped Movement

The explicit calculation of the Bridge One required a rectangular-molded development. As opposed to building a development without any preparation, Laurent Ferrier adjusted its existing yearly schedule development and reshaped it to fit the case – fundamentally, same barrel, same stuff train, same escapement, without the schedule module on top and with various bridges. The restrictive manual-winding LF107.01 type features a Swiss switch escapement, beats at 3Hz and has a comfortable force save of 80 hours.

The state of the bridges has likewise been changed to mirror the rectangular case and are ruthenium plated and decorated with thick, vertical Geneva stripes. The mainplate features round graining, the inside points are physically chamfered and the screw heads are polished.

Both the white dial and record dim dial models come on either a honey-hued crocodile cowhide lash with white sewing or a honey Timberland calfskin tie with the decision of a pin clasp or collapsing fasten. The current white polish model in hardened steel retails for EUR 37,000. More details on  www.laurentferrier.ch .