To mark its 10th anniversary independent maison Laurent Ferrier has introduced the Classic Origin Opaline in a modern grade 5 titanium case and fitted with a brand new movement.
A former Patek Philippe employee, Laurent Ferrier set up the eponymous watch company in 2010 in Geneva and makes less than 200 watches a year. The Galet Classic, knowns for its pebble-shaped case and tourbillon with a double balance spring, was an instant success in the brand’s inaugural year.
The new watch follows the same case as the Galet Classic (galet in French means pebble) and is distinguished by its smooth, clean lines. The twist lies in the choice of case material – grade 5 titanium, which is an atypical choice for a brand as steeped in classical watchmaking as Laurent Ferrier. The case dimensions are identical – 40 mm wide and 10.7 mm thick – and is fitted with a sapphire crystal caseback and the brand’s distinctive ball-shaped crown.
The white-silver opaline dial has a slate grey hour circle and burgundy numerals. White gold is used for the indices and the characteristic white gold Assegai-shaped (spear-shaped) hands. A small seconds subdial anchors the dial at the 6 o’ clock position.
The watch uses a new hand-wound movement, the Calibre LF 116.01, visible via the exhibition caseback. The movement uses a free-sprung balance and a Breguet overcoil and uses the brand’s long-blade-type ratchet pawl system distinguished by the delicate mechanical clicking sound emitted during winding. The watch has a power reserve of 80 hours and is finished to the finest haute horology traditions. The microblasted black rhodium-plated bridges have hand-polished edges, each screw-head is mirror polished and the edges of the escapement bridge are polished by hand.
The Classic Origin Opaline is fitted with a light brown Barbialla calf leather strap, lined with Alcantara and fastened with a titanium pin buckle. Price: CHF28,500 (excluding VAT).