For very nearly 10 years now, Laurent Ferrier has gained notoriety for the excellence of its developments yet in addition for the virtue and style of its cases – the alleged mark Galet (stone) case, with smooth, smooth lines. This inventive elegance has characterized the brand and the entirety of its models. For the SIHH 2019, things are going to (somewhat) change on the mechanical and configuration front, with the divulging of a pristine watch. Including another rectangular case and a molded development, still as unadulterated as a Ferrier watch ought to be, meet the Laurent Ferrier Bridge One.
Round, smooth, liberated from any aggressive lines or sharp angles… This is the way I’d characterize the plan of Laurent Ferrier – and realizing that his watch was named Galet (stone in French), I surmise Monsieur Ferrier will concur with this assertion. This plan was guided by visual emotions as well as by the manner in which the watch should feel when contacted – something regularly failed to remember however that is still critical for the wearer. While not denying his maxim, Laurent Ferrier advances for the SIHH 2019, with a shiny new plan that denotes a takeoff from the exemplary round instances of the Galet and Montre Ecole.
The Bridge One, LF’s new piece, is a molded watch, with an angling rectangular shape. It is “the start of another line propelled by the Passerelle de l’Ile, a celebrated bridge in Geneva, on which Laurent Ferrier had an amazing perspective from his room when he was a child.” Thus, this new watch isn’t simply a rectangular watch, it is a greater amount of an angled bridge over the wrist. Bended, calculated, it is in reality extremely complex yet at the same time smooth and smooth.
The state of the Laurent Ferrier Bridge One isn’t absolutely new however. It was tried before on a unique watch, the Arpal 1, the aftereffect of a joint effort with Urwerk . Since this idea piece, the shape has been revamped for more style and more exemplary extents. The case, in cleaned treated steel (additionally accessible in red gold), gauges a sensible 30mm in width for 44mm carry to-haul. A combination of arched and inward lines all around the case produce some pleasant reflections.
Combined with this smooth case is a similarly refined dial. For the debut form, Laurent Ferrier has picked a white Grand Feu finish foundation with an hours and minutes show. The assegai-molded hands (one of the most excellent hands in the business) are white gold and the hour markers/Roman numerals are plated in a record dim tone. A subsequent variant (not shot) will be introduced as well, with a grained record dark dial (not polish) with a brought XII Roman numeral up in white gold and little seconds at 6 o’clock.
On top of the case sits a round sapphire: “The sapphire is cut as though it was separated from a gem ball.” Additionally, the smoked impact, because of the shade on the glass, gives a remarkable touch to the Bridge One.
Another oddity of this Laurent Ferrier Bridge One is another development, molded by the case. Being generally thin, this case couldn’t house the exemplary round development of the brand. This development measures 22.20mm x 30mm x 4.35mm and has a Swiss switch escapement, a 3Hz recurrence and 80 hours of force hold (no more subtleties on the development, in any case, details are near the hand-twisted development of the Annual Calendar ). Completing incorporates Geneva stripes, ruthenium treatment on the bridges, hand-chamfered points and polished screw heads.
The watch is worn on a honey Timberland cowhide or honey gator tie with Alcantara lining, gotten by a pin clasp (collapsing fasten on solicitation). Costs for the Laurent Ferrier Bridge One will be CHF 33,000 (record dark dial with little seconds, tempered steel case), CHF 37,000 (white veneer dial, treated steel case) and CHF 48,000 (white lacquer dial, red gold case). More subtleties on www.laurentferrier.ch .