ON THE CHESSBOARD OF TIME
After winning a prize at the GPHG with its Galet Annual Calendar watch, Laurent Ferrier has launched two versions of this accurate and elegant model taking inspiration from the contrasting colours on a chessboard.
With a great deal of humility and emotion Laurent Ferrier took to the stage at the Théâtre du Léman to receive the “Men’s Complication Watch Prize“ for his Galet Annual Calendar School Watch at the CPHG (Grand Prix de Genève) on 9 November. The award has prompted a new pair of watches scheduled for release before the SIHH (Salon de la Haute Horlogerie de Genève) in Geneva from 14 to 18 January: the Galet Annual Calendar School Opaline Black & White, a complex name for a watch that is nonetheless very easy to use.
Designed by Laurent Ferrier, the “galet” (“pebble”) shape borrows its perfect curves from the pocket watches of the late 19th and early 20th century. The 40mm-wide case is available in pink or yellow gold or steel and features slender lugs and a rounded crown with fine fluting. The watch case houses the calibre LF126.01, a hand-wound movement running at a relaxed 21,600 vibrations an hour (3hz) and providing a power reserve of 80 hours, with an indicator on the back of the watch. The crown is used to set the date and the month, with a monopusher at 10 o’clock for the day.
The opaline dial is inspired by the colour contrast on a chessboard. It comes in white, encircled with dark blue Arabic numerals with the number 31 in red, or in black with light blue and burgundy indications. The hours and minutes are shown with two spear-shaped and baton hands, while the seconds tick away in a sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The date is displayed with a central hand, which is also spear-shaped and coloured red or burgundy.
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By Sharmila Bertin