Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor “Montre Ecole” British Racing Green


Laurent Ferrier, the founder of the same-named watch company, is not just passionate about horology but also has a great love for racing cars. In the 1970’s, the watchmaker drove racing cars on some of the most iconic tracks and participated seven times at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race. As a boy Laurent Ferrier was particularly fascinated by the Triumph Spitfire, whose poster of racing in Le Mans he had in his bedroom. To him, this historic British sports car was the most beautiful car ever. As an homage to this vehicle, and British craftsmanship in general, Laurent Ferrier has created the new Galet Micro-Rotor “Montre Ecole” British Racing Green. Priced at CHF 37,000, this special edition is available at the brand’s boutiques and authorized retailers.

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The British Racing Green was used on many British cars till the end of 1960’s

 

The latest Laurent Ferrier watch was officially introduced last week at the London Craft Week, an annual festival that celebrates outstanding and innovative British and international craftsmanship. What makes this timepiece so special is its mesmerizing British Racing Green dial. This particular shade of green takes its name from the green international motor racing color of the United Kingdom used till the end of 1960’s. Just like the Aston-Martins, McLarens and Jaguars of the past, the dial on this watch is also lacquered. The dial itself is very clean and legible., displaying only hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock. The silver small seconds counter is evocative of car rims while the railroad-type minute track and white gold hour markers are a nod to speedometer. The hour and minutes hands are assegai-shaped while the seconds hand is baton-shaped.

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The dial is lacquered as cars used to be

 

Ticking inside the watch is the Caliber FBN 229.01. Comprised of 186 components, this self-winding movement features three exclusive characteristics: A micro-rotor pawl-fitted automatic winding system fixed between the main plate and the micro-rotor bridge, a silent block shock protection system for the micro-rotor, and a silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance. Unlike “regular” oscillating weights, a micro-rotor requires as twice as many rotations for one complete turn of the ratchet wheel. To optimize the winding, Laurent Ferrier used a highly innovative silicon escapement. Thanks to the use of cutting-edge materials, the torque required to wind the mainspring is reduced. Visible through the sapphire case back, the Caliber FBN 229.01 is decorated with Côte de Genève pattern on the bridges and circular graining on the mainplate. The movement itself works at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

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Even though it features a micro-rotor, the movement can still offer a large power reserve thanks to the use of innovative cutting-edge materials

 

The new Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor “Montre Ecole” British Racing Green is housed in a 40mm stainless steel case. The watch is 10.7mm thick and water resistant to 30 meters. For this model, the Swiss brand particularly chose the “School Piece” case because it offers the wearer wider view on the exclusive dial. The watch is presented on a dark brown Nappa leather strap inspired by the bonnet straps that were very common in the 1960’s.

 

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