This special Galet Micro-Rotor “Montre Ecole” British Racing Green watch was launched to mark Laurent Ferrier’s participation in the London Craft Week 2018, the event showcasing exceptional and innovative British and international craftsmanship.
The British racing green takes its name from the green international motor racing color of the United Kingdom used till the end of 60’s.
The dial is lacquered as cars used to be. The silver sub-dial reminds of car rims. The leather strap is inspired by the bonnet straps that were very common in the 60’s. The railroad and the hour markers are a nod to speedometer.
For this very special timepiece, Laurent Ferrier chooses the “School Piece” case because it offers a wider view on this exclusive dial. On the movement side, the traditional Côte de Genève motif complements this elegant design.
The mechanical movement that powers this watch features three exclusive characteristics:-
• A micro-rotor pawl-fitted automatic winding system fixed between the main plate and the micro-rotor bridge
• A silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
• A silent block shock protection system for the micro-rotor
The harmonious construction of this Caliber FBN 229.01 stems from the global approach envisaged for each of the movement parts, from development through to realization. Laurent Ferrier wanted to create a movement with a micro-rotor and a comfortable power reserve. To achieve this implied finding a system ensuring perfect winding in order to compensate for the lower inertia of a small oscillating weight. In fact a micro-rotor needs as twice as many rotations (300vs. 150) needed for one complete turn of the ratchet wheel.
This exclusive silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance is inspired by the father of modern horology, Abraham-Louis Breguet. This modern construction, associated with the use of cutting-edge materials, maximises the restitution of energy. The excellent efficiency of this escapement serves to reduce the torque required to wind the mainspring and hence optimises the movement winding.
The exceptional finishing of the movement is crafted in the finest watchmaking traditions in Laurent Ferrier’s Geneva workshops. In addition to a Côte de Genève pattern on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, the flanks are hand-drawn, the wheel spokes are bevelled, the screw heads are polished and the interior angles are hand-crafted.
The mirror polishing done by hand on the pawl, the balance-clock and the micro-rotor bridge, as well as the guilloché motif on the 18-carat solid gold micro-rotor, give this model an entirely distinctive radiance. The sapphire crystal case-back provides a glimpse of the finesse of this workmanship and reveals harmonious architecture stemming from a clever combination of lines and curves.
The Galet Micro-Rotor “Montre Ecole” British Racing Green is fitted with a dark brown leather strap. A pin buckle matching the colour of the case sets a refined finishing touch. The case-back is snap-fastened and can be removed by the watchmaker thanks to the olivette. Its water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 meters.
Model: The Galet Micro Rotor “Montre Ecole” British Racing Green
Caliber FBN 229.01, automatic micro-rotor winding with unidirectional clicket, with a power reserve of 72 hours
Micro-rotor: fixed between the mainplate and the micro-rotor bridge
Silicon escapement with double impulse on the balance spring
Micro-rotor mounted on a shockproof system, silentbloc
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31,60 mm
Thickness: 4,35 mm
Number of components: 186
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21’600 A/h (3Hz)
Hours, minutes, small second at 6 o´clock
Available in stainless steel
Water resistant to 30 m
Case diameter: 40 mm
Case thickness: 10.70 mm
Green lacquer, hours circle powdered silver
Indexes: white gold 18K
Small second at 6 o´clock, with a circular satin brushed outer circle and snailed in the center
White gold 18K / 750 210 Pd
Hours and minutes: assegai-shaped. In white gold 18K
Seconds: baton-shaped. In white gold 18K
Dark brown leather (Nova Nappa)