Saturday, January 14, 2017

Laurent Ferrier Galet Square Walton Street Limited Edition - Exclusively For Swiss Finetiming

On demand of its partner Swiss FineTiming, Laurent Ferrier has created a new version of the Galet Square micro-rotor offering a two-tone red gold hued sector dial typical of the late 1930s with lugs designed for Swiss FineTiming. This special edition timepiece celebrates the opening of the new Swiss FineTiming store Walton Street, downtown Chicago.

For this special edition, Laurent Ferrier presents a new composition of space on its exceptional sector dial, while respecting the aesthetic codes of its collection. The harmonious division between an outer circle with a circular satin-brushed finish and a central zone with a vertical satin-brushed finish lends the dial this two-tone effect.

The space is marked out by an anthracite nickel and delicately accentuated raised chapter ring featuring curved markers paying a distinctive nod to the brand’s iconic drop-shaped hour-markers. This new red gold colored dial is punctuated by anthracite nickel Breguet type numerals at 9, 12 and 3 o’clock and an applied chapter with a round cabochon cut finish, polished manually offering a beautiful volume effect and focus firmly on readability. The outer rail is complemented by anthracite painted Breguet numerals.  The small seconds echoes the central theme, thereby endowing this model with a perfect balance entirely respectful of the pure lines and the principles of readability cherished by Laurent Ferrier.
The dial is graced with “arrow-shaped” hours and minutes hands in gold, treated with ruthenium; while the baton-type seconds hand set the perfect finishing touches. The Laurent Ferrier logo is silver print depicted on the cartouche.

To highlight the unique nature of this model, Laurent Ferrier designed distinctive lugs featuring a side decoration exclusively for Swiss FineTiming. The timepiece is fitted with a ball-shaped winding-crown ensuring smooth and pleasant handling.

The back sapphire was treated to reveal on the inner part, the Swiss FineTiming logo. The back bezel shows the number of the timepiece out of ten. Its water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 metres.

Once again, Laurent Ferrier testifies to its determination and its ability to create models imbued with a pure aesthetic while also giving a preference to “bespoke” interpretations for unique occasions.
This watch is driven by the self-winding FBN Calibre 229.01 equipped with a unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor and guaranteeing a three-day power reserve. This is the third exclusive in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. It comprises a silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance. This innovation developed by Laurent Ferrier gives two impulses to the balance per oscillation, a system requiring two escape-wheels and a specially designed lever.

Alongside the Côtes-de-Genève motif on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, the wheel spokes are bevelled, the screw heads are chamfered and polished and the interior angles are hand-crafted.

The Galet Square Walton Street Swiss FineTiming Limited Edition is equipped with a brown alligator leather hand stitched strap which has a double layer with a flat upper part, which gives the timepiece an additional volume, featuring an Alcantara lining.

The Galet Square Walton Street Limited Edition to 10 pieces is exclusively available at Swiss FineTiming in Chicago.

Technical details

Movement
FBN calibre 229.01, automatic winding with pawl-fitted micro-rotor
72-Hour power reserve
Micro-rotor: fixed between the main plate and the micro-rotor bridge
Silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
Silent-block shock protection system for the micro-rotor
Indications: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31,60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
Number of components: 186
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)

Case
In stainless steel, cushion-shaped with Swiss FineTiming special lugs
Back sapphire: Black Swiss FineTiming logo metallized
Back bezel: numbered out of 10
Case dimensions: 41x41mm (diagonal: 45.35mm)
Water resistance: to 30 m
Case thickness: 11.10 mm

Dial
Two-tone red goldcolored sector dial with vertical satin-brushed centre and circular satin-brushed exterior
Snailed small seconds
Anthracite nickel gold appliques chapter ring and Breguet-type Arabic
Hands: 18K/750 gold, anthracite “arrow-shaped” for the hours and minutes, baton-shaped for the seconds

Strap
Hand-sewn brown alligator, two layers and flat upper part withAlcantara lining
Buckle/clasp: pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp in stainless steel

Price
$42,700

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