BIRTH OF A BRIDGE
After rounded and cushion-style cases, Laurent Ferrier has taken a different direction with a new body marking a break with its traditions in a watch introduced at the SIHH 2019.
This year, Laurent Ferrier is celebrating its ninth anniversary. In this short time, the brand that only makes between 100 and 150 watches a year has already earned widespread recognition, winning a number of prizes at the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève). Crowned with success, the entrepreneur of the same name is now continuing his quest for excellence with a new model, the Bridge One. This is his first rectangular watch, with a design inspired by 19th century industrial structures, bridges and glass roofs, such as the Passerelle de l’île in Geneva. On the steel case (30mm x 44mm), all the elements are designed as curves, including the tinted sapphire crystal, bringing out the different shapes and providing wearing comfort. Two versions are available. The first features stylised hands on a “Grand Feu” enamel dial adorned with Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock, along with indices. This uncluttered and elegant composition provides excellent readability. The second model has a different atmosphere with a slate-grey dial. The Roman number 12 is still there, but a second hand has now been added at 6 o’clock.
The versions are powered by a rectangular calibre, the LF 107.01, specially developed for the Bridge One. Once fully wound, the hand-wound movement provides 80 hours of power reserve.
The models come with an alligator leather or alcantara strap, depending on the versions. Both are equipped with a folding clasp.
Price: 33,000 CHF
By Dan Diaconu