Swiss master watchmaker LAURENT FERRIER has revisited his École Annual Calendar and created a new version with an attractive blue and orange color theme.
This new creation is avaialble in a limited edition of only ten pieces, each of them numbered and engraved as “Série Atelier II”. The École- case of this timepiece is inspired by a watch made by Laurent during his studies at Watchmaking School.
The two-zone blue dial features a contrasting vertical satin-brushed centre, and circular satin-brushed hour ring. The École Annual Calendar Navy offers a more contemporary and sporting appearance compared to earlier versions. Typically associated with aviation or the navy, vibrant orange here adorns the 18K white gold hands, providing the timepiece with optimal legibility and a compelling look.
The time is indicated with LF iconic hands stamped in “Assegais” shape. A snailed small seconds dial placed at 6 o’clock gives character to the composition, while two bevelled apertures, positioned at 12 o’clock, display the day and the month. Finally, the date is indicated by a hand coated in white accompanied by vintage-inspired numerals, on the edge of the dial. The whole offers the full array of information required for daily life while remaining uncluttered and with no unnecessary adornment.
This watch is equipped with an annual calendar complication, which recognises months with 30 and 31 days, progressing automatically to the 1st of the month as appropriate. Manual adjustment is required only once a year, on the 1st of March. The day display is easily set through a pusher on the left side of the case, at 10 o’clock. All the other settings are easily controlled by a pull of the crown and rotating it accordingly, with no need for any tools.
The École case also pays tribute to period pocket watches, from the time when pioneer watchmakers began transforming them into wristwatches. The “Série Atelier II” will be the last reissue of this case, since LAURENT FERRIER has decided to realign his collection by focusing on iconic cases: the Classic, the Square and the Grand Sport. As always, the “ball”-shaped crown, the emblematic signature of the Maison, offers all the ease of a smooth and very pleasant winding.
The calibre 126.01 is at the heart of the “Série Atelier II”. This hand-wound movement incorporates a Swiss lever escapement and offers a power reserve of up to 80 hours. The power reserve indicator is placed on the movement and visible on the caseback. The long-blade ratchet, characteristic of LAURENT FERRIER manual movements, here has a polished bassiné finish, handcrafted in the brand’s own workshops.
Admirable through the sapphire crystal caseback, various finishing details of the movement represent the pinnacle of traditional fine watchmaking. Each bridge is adorned with spotless Côtes de Genève decoration, and ruthenium plating. The plate is embellished with beading while the edges and inner edges are chamfered and then polished by hand, just like the screw heads.
The École Annual Calendar Navy is presented on a hand-sewn bracelet in orange or navy Nubuck leather with a navy Alcantara lining.
The “Série Atelier II” is a limited edition of only ten pieces, available exclusively from Atelier LAURENT FERRIER on their website.
Model: École Annual Calendar Navy
Série Atelier II – Limited edition of 10 pieces
Manual-winding LF126.01 calibre
Swiss lever escapement
Semi-instantaneous counters for days and months
Clockwise and anti-clockwise calendar adjustment in the middle position
Diameter: Ø 31.60 mm (14’’’)
Thickness: 5.80 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: 80 hours
Number of components: 235
Number of jewels: 23
Central hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock, power reserve indicator on the movement side
Date: Central hands for the date
Day disc and month disc (automatic adjustment for 30- and 31-day months) – Only one correction necessary on 1 March
Dimension: Ø 40 mm diameter
Thickness: 10mm (12.64 mm on sapphire)
Water resistant to 30 metres
Crown: stainless steel “Boule”-shaped
Galvanic blue vertical satin-brushed in the centre and circular satin-brushed hour ring
Vintage-inspired date numerals and grey powder-coated hour ring and “31” in light blue
Small seconds at 6 o’clock, with circular satin-brushed outer ring and fine azurage in the centre
Bevelled counters for days and months at 12 o’clock
18K/750 white gold 210 Pd
Hour and minute: orange-coated,”Assegai”-shaped
Seconds: orange-coated, “Baton” type
White-coated, ”Assegai”-shaped date
Choice of hand-sewn navy or orange Nubuck leather, navy Alcantara lining
Stainless steel pin buckle