Unexpected yet simultaneously very relevant given the foundation of Mr Ferrier, the Grand Sport Tourbillon was presented a year prior as Laurent Ferrier’s vision of an (super top of the line) extravagance sports watch. Blending a more normal case material in with a fragile, hand-completed tourbillon development, it was the Haute Horlogerie adaptation of what is today the most desired of all watch classes. First introduced in earthy colored with an elastic tie, the Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon comes back this year on a consistent steel bracelet with an inclination blue dial.
While generally known for its work of art, elegant and controlled watches, all with smooth bends and fragile dials, Laurent Ferrier himself has a fascinating foundation that assists with understanding why this Grand Sport watch was made. Most importantly, the man has gone through more than 35 years at Patek Philippe, and in 1974, not long before the dispatch of the Nautilus, he was responsible for the bureau method d’habillage, an office accountable for the outer pieces of the watches. No compelling reason to say how significant this division was for the adulated ref. 3700… He finished his profession at Patek as top of the imaginative department.
But there’s something different behind Laurent… Motorsport, his actual enthusiasm. During his break of the business and even while he was still at Patek, Laurent advanced in motorsports as a semi-proficient vehicle racer, driving different models from Lotus, BMW or Porsche. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans multiple times and in 1979, Ferrier hustled the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the N° 40 Porsche Kramer Racing 935/77A, completing the race in third situation, behind Paul Newman. This combined foundation of 1970s sports vehicles and top of the line watchmaking is the raison d’être behind the Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon.
First gave an inclination earthy colored dial with orange accents and a coordinating elastic tie, the brand today presents the second advancement of the model, which this time consolidates an incorporated stainless steel bracelet – making the watch completely in accordance with the extravagance sports watch idea. Brushed and cleaned, shut by a collapsing catch, this steel bracelet complements the Grand Sport impeccably, without duplicating the competition.
The case, then again, stays as before. The Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon is a huge watch at 44mm in measurement. The state of its steel case stays in accordance with the remainder of the brand’s creation, playing on inward and curved lines to make a smooth dynamism. The serrated onion crown, found on all LF watches, is still important for the bundle. The case is topped by an in part colored sapphire glass and a screwed caseback that takes into consideration a 100m water-resistance.
The second update for this 2020 Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon is the dial, which is currently given angle blue opaline in the middle and dark at the fringe. The 18k white gold records and the ”Assegai-formed” hands are as yet filled with brilliant, intense orange Super-LumiNova, giving this watch its own personality.
Inside the case is LF’s common hand-wound tourbillon development, a great motor fitted with a contrary double equilibrium spring controlling the one-minute tourbillon. The 14″‘ development stores 80h of force hold and ticks at 3Hz. It is done in unadulterated Haute Horlogerie style, with hand-applied anglage, angled spokes on the wheels, cleaned subsets for the screws and the gems, and exceptional consideration regarding subtleties on the tourbillon connect. The development additionally shows silk brushed scaffolds with a ruthenium treatment.
Price and availability
The Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon with steel bracelet and blue dial will be a numbered release of 12 pieces. It will be estimated at CHF 172,000 (excl. charges). More subtleties at www.laurentferrier.ch .