Presented at SIHH 2018, this new Annual Calendar watch is powered with Laurent Ferrier’s 5th exclusive calibre that combines a convenient and user friendly functionality with pure design and optimal visibility.
Entirely designed in-house, the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece embodies all the values and spirit, Laurent Ferrier infuses in all his creations. This new timepiece was developed with the aim of ensuring extremely smooth handling, while also ensuring visual balance, readability and performance in all circumstances. With its date and month fast-adjustment by simply turning the crown forward and backward, this new timepiece offers a great experience to the wearer.
For its annual calendar complication, Laurent Ferrier decided to pay a tribute to its first manual winding movement: The tourbillon double hairspring. The new caliber features a long “blade” type click ratchet which became a distinctive signature. For the first time, Laurent Ferrier will introduce a “pale” 18K yellow gold version.
The Galet Annual Calendar School Piece displays the day of the week, the date and the month under consideration of months with 30 and 31 days, so the only adjustment required is once a year: on March the 1st The date is clearly indicated by a central hand and the days of the week and the months in two beveled apertures. This display combines reading comfort and balanced beauty. The user-friendliness was at the heart of the caliber design. Indeed all the adjustments are extremely easy to make. The days of the week are updated by simply pushing the “easy to grip” button delicately integrated on the left side of the case. All the other adjustments are made by pulling and turning the crown. No tool is required.
The fast-adjustment of the date with the central hand can be made by turning the crown forward and backward, allowing the month to be automatically updated accordingly. The Galet Annual Calendar School Piece houses a manual winding mechanical movement equipped with a power-reserve area indication positioned on the movement side. The power reserve is guaranteed for 80 hours.
With the School Piece case, Laurent Ferrier’s objective was to develop a case with the same roundness, as when those pioneering watchmakers converted pocket watches into wristwatches. For this new caliber, Laurent Ferrier entirely adapted the 40mm School Piece case to ensure perfect harmony and balance between the movement and the timepiece. The same straight, thin lugs offer another contrast of the modern and the traditional, the “pastille” end-piece decoration mirrored by the winding crown. Two gold (red and pale yellow) versions and a steel edition will be available.
The gold Assegai hands and baton-type seconds hand retain their characteristic shape. A new red or burgundy hand created for the date, brings modernity and visibility to the timepiece. The two beveled apertures for days and months ensure optimal readability. The date displayed all around the dial provides a view at one glance on all the relevant information.
The dial comes in silver-toned or slate-grey with vintage-inspired numerals painted in blue and two zones with vertical satin brushed on the center and circular satin brushed on the outer circle.
The sapphire crystal case-back of the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece provides a fine view of the finesse of the finishing. In addition to the Côtes de Genève motif with a ruthenium treatment adorning the bridges and the circular-graining of the mainplate, the sides and interior angles are manually chamfered and the screw heads are polished.
The Geneva watch manufacture has incorporated a long “blade” type click ratchet, polished and with a curved shape that reminds the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double hairspring. The sub-dial at 6 o’clock has a circular satin brushed outer circle and a snailed finish in the center. A sunburst finish was chosen to decorate the power-reserve area indication.
The Galet Annual Calendar School Piece is fitted with beige calf leather or black alligator strap with Alcantara lining, secured by a pin buckle or a double blade folding clasp.
Model: Galet Annual Calendar Montre Ecole
Manual winding calibre LF126.01
Swiss lever escapement
Movement diameter: 31.60 mm (14´´´)
Thickness: 5.80 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21´600 /H)
Power reserve: 80 hours
Number of components: 235
Number of jewels: 23
Hours and Minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 6 o´clock
Power reserve area indicator on the back side
– Calendar central hand.
– Day-disc and Month-disc (Automatic correction for months with 30 or 31 days. One correction on March 1st)
Semi-instantaneous calendar: Days and month semi-instantaneous apertures
Crown for winding, time-setting, calendar central hand and months
Push button at 10 O´clock for days of the week
Correction forward / backward of the calendar on intermediate position
18K / 750 5N red gold, 18K / 750 pale yellow gold or stainless steel
Size: 40 mm diameter
Thickness: 10.10 mm or 12.80 mm including the sapphire crystal
Domed sapphire crystals, front and back
Water resistant to 30 meters
“Ball-shaped” crown in 18K / 750 5N red gold, 18K / 750pale yellow gold or stainless steel.
Silver-toned or slate-grey
Vintage-inspired numerals painted in blue
Vertical satin brushed on the center and circular satin brushed on the outer circle
Small second at 6 O´clock, with circular satin brushed outer circle and snailed finish in the center
Bevelled day and month apertures
18K / 750 210Pd white gold
Hours and minutes: “Assegai-shaped”. Painted in white or ruthenium treated.
Seconds: baton-type with counterweight. Painted in white or ruthenium treated
Date: Painted in red or burgundy
Black alligator leather Alcantara lining.
Pin buckle or a double blade folding clasp.