Swiss luxury watch brand Laurent Ferrier presents a Californian dial version of its iconic model, the Square Micro-Rotor.
The new limited edition watch features a distinctive dial configuration known as Californian, which has the particularity of mixing Roman numerals in its upper part with Arabic numerals in the lower part.
In addition to the mix of Roman and Arabic numerals, this new dial features a grey powdered decal at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock, reproducing the outlines of the brand’s famous drop-shaped hour markers, filled with white SuperLuminova. The blue dial is enhanced by a sunburst finish and overlaid with a white railway line.
The watch has two 18k white gold stamped “arrow” shaped hands filled with white SuperLuminova for the hours and minutes. The snailed seconds dial is punctuated with a fine white decal and topped by a red-painted white gold “baton” shaped hand.
The bold square case is made of stainless steel, and measures 41mm x 41mm. This case is fitted with the ball-shaped winding crown, a true LAURENT FERRIER signature. As in most of the collection, the back is hooked. The movement is accessible to the watchmaker through the olivette. Its water-resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 meters.
The self-winding FBN 229.01 calibre of the watch is equipped with a unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor. It offers three-day power reserve. This is the first exclusive in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. It is fitted with a silicon escapement featuring a double direct impulse on the balance.
This technology 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 innovative construction, combined with the use of cutting-edge materials, maximises energy efficiency, thereby guaranteeing a high amplitude of the balance. This in turn reduces the amount of mechanical force required to wind the mainspring and optimises winding.
For the finishes, LAURENT FERRIER draws its inspiration from centuries-old watchmaking traditions, such as Satin-finishing, polishing, chamfering, and circular graining. The Côtes de Genève motif is a reminder of the Canton and the city of Laurent Ferrier’s birth.
The specific bevelling applied to the engaging angles is a discipline to which LAURENT FERRIER devotes particular care. Although many manufacturers have abandoned this entirely manual technique, it remains the norm at LAURENT FERRIER workshop, where two specific movement decorators are responsible for this task, among other decorations.
This engraved “California Dreamin” serie is exclusively dedicated to the US market. Limited to 11 pieces only, they are each numbered from 0 to 10/10.
Model: SQUARE CALIFORNIA
« California Dreamin series », limited-edition of 11 pieces
FBN 229.01 calibre, automatic winding with pawl-fitted micro-rotor
Silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
Indications: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Movement diameter: 14’’ = 31.60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
Frequency: 21’600 vph (3Hz)
Power reserve: 72-hour
Number of parts: 186
Number of jewels: 35
Stainless steel case
Water resistance: to 30m
Ball-shaped crown in stainless steel
Case dimensions: 41 mm x 41 mm
Case thickness: 11.10 mm
Blue sunburst finish
Index: White decals Roman numerals, Arabic numerals, and painted drop-shaped markers
Small seconds dial at 6 o’clock
Hours and minutes: “arrow” shaped in 18k white gold 210Pd and white SLU
Seconds: « baton » shaped in 18k white gold 210 Pd painted in red
Light brown Barbialla calf with Alcantara lining
Pin buckle in stainless steel