In 2019, Indie watchmaker Laurent Ferrier introduced its first sports watch, the Tourbillon Grand Sport. The watch channeled the looks of luxury sports watches from the 1970s but was fitted with a tourbillon was like nothing else that had come before it from the Maison. This year the brand unveils a new version of the Tourbillon Grand Sport with an integrated steel bracelet.

The Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport from 2019

Before he launched his eponymous brand, Laurent Ferrier was an avid racing enthusiast and even competed in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times, coming first in the two-liter prototype category in 1977. In 1979, he participated in the Le Mans race along with fellow driver and industrialist François Servanin and their Porsche 935T finished in third position overall. The duo would go on to form the Laurent Ferrier watch brand in 2010. Incidentally, the year 2019 was also the 10th anniversary of the conception of the brand’s first tourbillon.     

This is the first Laurent Ferrier watch with a steel bracelet

Laurent Ferrier watches are known for their refined and elegant lines. The Tourbillon Grand Sport is no exception. It has a unique stainless steel case that falls somewhere between a cushion and a tonneau shape. While the brushed case has a diameter of 44 mm, it is fitted with a cushion-shaped bezel with polished edges and retains the signature onion crown. A sapphire crystal caseback offers uninterrupted views of the tourbillon movement and the case is water-resistant to 100 meters.

The watch is fitted with a gradient opaline dial which goes from from blue at its centre to black near its periphery. And just like the original from 2019, the hands and indexes feature orange Super-LumiNova thus forming a striking contrast. A snailed sub-dial at 6 o’ clock indicates the running seconds and sits beneath a gently arcing tinted sapphire crystal.

The bridges have a ruthenium finish for a sportier look

The watch is powered by manual-winding movement that contains a tourbillon escapement. Fitted with a double balance-spring, the tourbillon is visible through the caseback. The two reversed-fitted balance-springs neutralize the lateral displacement of the balance axis, while the tourbillon compensates for the variations in rate in all vertical positions.

This caliber is chronometer-certified by the Besançon Observatory.

The watch is powered by manual-winding movement that contains a tourbillon escapement. It has a power reserve of 80 hours and an escapement that oscillates at a 3 Hz (21,600 vph). Fitted with a double balance-spring, the tourbillon is visible through the caseback. The two reversed-fitted balance-springs neutralize the lateral displacement of the balance axis, while the tourbillon compensates for the variations in rate in all vertical positions. This caliber is chronometer-certified by the Besançon Observatory.

Construction is inspired by 19th century chronometry models

with their manual-winding system featuring a long-blade-type ratchet pawl system distinguished by the delicate mechanical clicking sound emitted during winding. The movement has been given a horizontal satin-brushed finish with a ruthenium touch for a sportier look.

For the first time, the Maison has equipped a watch with an integrated stainless steel bracelet. The central row of the 3-rows design has vertical satin finished links while the rounded edges of the links are presented in a contrasting mirror-polish and is secured via folding clasp.

And like the original Tourbillon Grand Sport, the new edition is also limited to just 12 pieces and is priced at CHF 172,000 (excluding taxes).