Unveiled in 2010, the Galet, which is inspired from the pebble shape, is Laurent Ferrier’s first collection. Five years later, polished by time and shaped by experience, the ‘pebble’ is being reinterpreted. At Baselworld 2015, Laurent Ferrier unveiled its new model: the Galet Square.
Its evolution has been gentle and gradual, like the curves of minerals polished by the waves. The pebble, stemming from centuries of the incessantly repeated work of nature, embodies the purest expression of gentle shapes.
For Laurent Ferrier, the Galet is the perfect integration of all parts of a case, as if one were holding a pebble in one’s hand. The whole challenge lay in preserving the spirit of the Galet, and of interpreting this new shape into the initial project without making a break with the past.
Technically speaking, the original Galet has become a square leaning towards a cushion shape. Laurent Ferrier has devoted particular attention to the aesthetic harmony of the model. This involved rigorous respect for the proportions between the volume of the case and that of the movement.
The flowing lines designed five years ago by Laurent Ferrier have been maintained and are now housed within a new case that reprises every subtle detail. The difficulty of the exercise lay in preserving this aesthetic signature while gently shifting it towards new lines.
The Galet Square, measuring 41 x 41 mm, is intended to assert a bolder presence on the wrist than the models that inspired it. Its lines are writing a new chapter in the history of the Laurent Ferrier workshops.
This is also the first time that Laurent Ferrier is introducing a steel case. The Galet Square, which is joining the brand’s regular collections, thereby opens up a whole new creative era for collections that had thus far been crafted only from rare and precious metals.
The movement is still the self-winding FBN 229.01 calibre with unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor and a three-day power reserve. This is the third in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. It is equipped with silicon escapement featuring double direct impulse on the balance.
This innovation developed by Laurent Ferrier enables the balance to be impelled twice per oscillation, a principle that requires two escape-wheels and an appropriately shaped lever. This modern construction, combined with the use of cutting-edge materials, maximises energy efficiency, thereby guaranteeing a high amplitude of the balance.
This reduces the amount of mechanical force required to wind the mainspring and thus optimises winding. In terms of finishing, Laurent Ferrier treats its Galet Square to two different dials. The first minimalist version features a sunburst gold-toned dial bearing three white gold hour-markers at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock, as well as small seconds at 6 0’clock.
A second version has a blue dial featuring a vertical satin-brushed finish that is a favourite with Laurent Ferrier and creates a velvety sheen that is particularly pleasing to the eye. This variation features 11 white gold hour-markers.
The finishes shared by the two models reflect the high standards Laurent Ferrier imposes on all its creations. All are performed in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions.
Alongside the Côtes de Genève motif on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, the wheel spokes are bevelled, the screw hands are chamfered and polished, the interior angles are hand-crafted.
The sapphire crystal case-back provides a fascinating glimpse of this fine workmanship and reveals an attractively balanced structure stemming from a clever combination of lines and curves.
Model: Laurent Ferrier Galet Square
FBN Calibre 229.01, 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 system for the micro-rotor
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31.60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
Number of parts: 186
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Water resistance: to 30 m
Case diameter: 41x 41mm (45.35mm across)
Case thickness: 11.10 mm
Sunburst gold-toned with three white drop-shaped hour-markers in 18K/750 white gold
Blue-toned, vertical satin-brushed finish with 11 drop-shaped hour-markers in 18K/750 white gold
Hands: in 18K/750 white gold, “Assegai-shaped” for the hours and minutes, baton-shaped for the seconds
Light brown barbialla calf or dark blue alligator leather with Alcantara lining, hand sewn
Buckle/clasp: pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp in stainless steel