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Laurent Ferrier Brings Clarity to its Pre-SIHH Pieces

Hot off winning a GPHG prize for the very watch, Laurent Ferrier unveils new variants of the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece in two different executions.

Dec 07, 2018 | By Sean Mossadeg

New dials for Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Annual Calendar

When you’ve been in the game for as long as Laurent Ferrier has, every timepiece you put out makes a statement. Earlier this year at SIHH, the watchmaker unveiled his Galet Annual Calendar Montre École (or School Piece in English), and just a while back, the piece won the Men’s Complication category at the GPHG for its technical mastery, legibility, and an amazing dedication to the aesthetics of the past.

A Prized Path Forwards

It only makes sense then that the master watchmaker would continue to build on the line. For his pre-SIHH release, Laurent Ferrier unveiled two new iterations of the Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece – one in an opaline white dial, and the other in an opaline black.

As they say, God is in the details and Laurent Ferrier fully uses every facet of the dial to add elements, only visible after a closer look. From the concentric snailed finish in the centre of the sub-dial at six o’clock, to the satin brushed circling of it, the watches are great examples of the dedication put into aesthetics by Ferrier.

Both pieces will utilise the same manual-wound calibre LF126.01, boasting 80 hours of power and the ability to adjust most functions both forwards and backwards, through the crown. Only the days of the week are adjusted by a pusher at 10 o’clock.

Even against a black opaline dial, Laurent Ferrier has found a way to make an annual calendar easy to read

While the calibre may be Laurent Ferrier’s fifth in-house one, it harkens back to his first – the tourbillon double hairspring. Like the first, it will feature a long “blade” type click ratchet which became a distinctive signature for the watchmaker.

We’re keeping fingers crossed that January will see a sixth in-house calibre from the ex-Patek Philippe creative director for watch connoisseurs to fawn over.

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