Saturday, June 3, 2017

Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole Regulateur

Presented this year, Laurent Ferrier’s Montre Ecole wrist watch represented the watchmaker’s earliest development, returning to the basic pieces which forged his abilities as a watchmaker. Known as a “watchmaker’s watch,” this minimalist creation was a watch that would speak to horologists who have been there, learning the basics – one they would love to wear themselves.

Now, Laurent Ferrier is presenting a new Regulateur display on a base of a Galet Micro-Rotor movement, housed in a School Piece case. Its visage is classical, with the most important of the three indicators – the large, centrally-positioned hand – displaying the minutes. Above the centre, at 12 o’clock is the hours display, while below it, at 6 o’clock is the seconds subdial.
The FBN Calibre 228.01 automatic equipped with the pawl-fitted micro-rotor, delivers a 72-hour power reserve. The 40mm stainless steel case or white gold is water resistant to 30m and is fitted with sapphire crystals for front and back, for a perfect view of the movement. 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.
For the dial, a silver toned, vertical satin-brushed finish has been chosen, with the minute and seconds counters recessed and contracted with a nickel snailed finish. The small hours dial bears Roman numerals in black, while the minutes are shown on a “railway track” ring in slate grey with blue painted Arabic numerals at 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. The hands for the three functions include a “leaf-shaped” hand for the hours and “assegai-shaped” hand for the minutes and a baton-shaped hand for the seconds. All three hands are in white gold 18K/210Pd with a black ruthenium treatment.

The Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole Regulateur will be available from Laurent Ferrier agents from July.

Technical details
Model: GALET REGULATEUR
Reference: LCF026.AC/G

Movement
Calibre reference: FBN Calibre 228.01, automatic winding with pawl-fitted Micro-Rotor, 72-hour power reserve
Micro-rotor winding system fixed between the main plate and the Micro-Rotor bridge
Silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
A silent block shock protection type system for the Micro-Rotor
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31.60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
Number of parts: 189
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)

Movement decoration
Côtes de Genève pattern on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, flanks are hand-drawn, wheel spokes are bevelled, screw heads are polished, and interior angles of the balance-cock are hand crafted with a burin. The Micro-Rotor bridge is hand polished.

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
White gold or stainless steel
40 mm three-piece bassiné case
Thickness: including the sapphire crystal 10.95 mm
Sapphire crystal case-back
Water-resistant to 30 metres

Dial
Silver toned, vertical satin-brushed finish
Hour and Seconds counters recessed with a nickel snailed finish (hour counter diameter 12.60, seconds counter diameter 10.60)
Roman numerals for the Hours painted in black
Railway minutes track in slate grey with blue painted Arabic numerals at 15,30,45,60
Blue painted “Regulateur” inspired by the Laurent Ferrier typography

Hands
Hours: “leaf-shaped” hand in 18K/210Pd white gold with black ruthenium treatment
Minutes: “assegai-shaped” hand in 18K/210Pd white gold with black ruthenium treatment
Seconds: baton-shaped in white gold 18K/210Pd white gold with black ruthenium treatment

Strap
Grey alligator leather, hand-sewn,  Alcantara lining
White gold or stainless steel pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp on request

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