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, formed to coordinate the case, is likewise new and fitted with a customary Swiss switch escapement rather than the natural escapement featured on the vast majority of LF watches. Disclosed 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 rich 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 fashioned iron bridge that Ferrier could see from his window as a youngster 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 actually a ‘horse support’s with its latticework of three-sided structures. As should be obvious, the long curving drags and cambered case viably copy the angled profile of the bridge and the decision of hardened steel for the case echoes the mechanical nature of the support bridge.
However, large numbers of you will detect a significantly 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 energy for hustling vehicles. As a large 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 energy for hustling. Truth be told, 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 enormous for my wrist. The distending carries and the extended case hold this watch to men. Notwithstanding, the articulated cambering of the case and hauls 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 sparkles in the light with its finely cleaned sunken and convex surfaces. A case that misrepresents its complexity from the start, details like the slight tightening occurring halfway on the erupted hauls or the fluted finish of the crown uncover a sexy physicality that is a common denominator of all Laurent Ferrier’s watches.
A round sapphire precious stone with rich angled edges secures the dial that is accessible in two completions: one in Grand Feu white lacquer and the second in a record dark tone – the last likewise adds a little seconds counter to the showcase. 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 consummately as do the trademark darkened “Assegai-hands” created in white gold.
Although I was at first put off constantly track, I can perceive how it echoes the modern architecture of the Geneva bridge that motivated the watch. For our active review, we needed to feature this plated form for three reasons. To start with, it is simpler to peruse and has less reflections than the record dark model. Second, it feels significantly more in accordance with the vintage feel of this watch. At last, who can oppose the magnificence of a great feu polish 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 carries in real life and the perfectly rounded edges. Supported between the curving carries is the rear of the case and by and by, you can see the marginally indented waistline in the center and the inclined contours. The little lip at the lower part of the caseback is to get to the movement.
The explicit math of the Bridge One required a rectangular-formed 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 hold 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-shaded gator calfskin lash with white sewing or a honey Timberland cowhide tie with the decision of a pin clasp or collapsing fasten. The current white veneer model in hardened steel retails for EUR 37,000. More details on www.laurentferrier.ch .