The “Série Atelier “Magnetic Green is a new version of the Classic Traveller with dual time zones. It comes in a polished titanium case with a gracefully sunburst magnetic-green dial and a forest-green nubuck strap.
Its gentle and graceful green dial stands out with its dual texture, with the central sunburst is surrounded by a soft circular satin-finish.
The dial features 18ct white gold drop-shaped applied hour-markers. These fine and elongated indexes are soft, rounded and perfectly polished. There are two apertures: one at 3 o’clock for the date and one at 9 o’clock for indicating the remote time.
Instead of elongated indexes, the dial has round-headed studs in polished gold at 3 and 9 o’clock. The small seconds at 6 o’clock features transferred Arabic numerals in slate grey. The loops and curls of its 1920s-style cursive typeface are set inside an elaborate grid where the track and ten-second sections are marked on a barely perceptible snailed surface.
The extremely slender, baton-shaped small seconds hand is balanced by a slightly domed counterweight in a curved shape. Anchored in the centre, the hour and minute hands adopt LAURENT FERRIER’s favourite Assegai shape.
The 41mm diameter case made of grade 5 titanium offers the softness, domes and curves typical of the “pebble-shaped” cases created by LAURENT FERRIER from the very beginning. Its sides, bezel and lugs are polished, offering a luxurious finish.
The Classic Traveller joined the LAURENT FERRIER catalogue in 2013. Previously, the brand offered a tourbillon with a double balance-spring or a micro-rotor with a natural escapement, and launched this new GMT watch.
Rather than the traditional second hour hand in the centre, or off-centre in a dedicated sub-dial, LAURENT FERRIER opted for a remote time display on a disc, visible through an aperture at 9 o’clock.
The hour hand located in the centre represents local time, the one that is read first, at all times of day. It is also the one that is changed when travelling across time zones, by means of the corrector push-buttons, which cause the hand to jump from hour to hour depending on the distance travelled, forwards or backwards.
The time displayed in the window at 9 o’clock is the distant time, or Home Time. It remains constant regardless of travel and is therefore controlled directly by the crown.
The watch houses the LF230.02 calibre, a self-winding movement with a micro-rotor and natural escapement, designed in collaboration with La Fabrique du Temps.
It also benefits from the highest level of finishes. The finely circular-grained mainplate, the hand-bevelled bridges decorated with a horizontal rhodium-plated satin finish, the mirror-polished openwork anchor bridge revealing exceptional hand-crafted interior angles, the mirror-polished and hand-bevelled rotor bridge, and the bevelled and guilloché rotor are just some of the details that bring texture, brilliance and distinction to the watch and make it a traditional timepiece of the highest quality.
The Classic Traveller offers an unobstructed view of the micro-rotor with its unidirectional 18ct gold oscillating weight, thanks to its sapphire crystal case-back.
This escapement with a double direct impulse to the balance wheel, which is as rare as it is complex to produce. In this system, two escapement wheels operate alternately and transmit their energy directly to the balance wheel. This is called direct impulse to the balance wheel because it is not the anchor that gives the impulse to the balance wheel as in the classic Swiss anchor escapements, but the escape wheel, which is much more efficient in terms of performance.
As the escapement wheel can only rotate in one direction, a second escapement wheel completes the set to send the impulses to the balance wheel alternately. They interact with an anchor in silicon, an ultra-light, self-lubricating material.
The gain in efficiency thus achieved is directly reflected in its autonomy, as the Classic Traveller offers a substantial power reserve of more than 72 hours.
The LAURENT FERRIER “Série Atelier” was introduced in 2020 with the Classic Origin Green. It was continued in 2021 with a blue and orange version of the École Annual Calendar. Unlike most LAURENT FERRIER watches, the pieces from this series are produced in very limited quantities and sold exclusively on the brand’s website.
Priced at 62,000 CHF (excluding tax), the Classic Traveller “Série Atelier” Magnetic Green is produced in a limited edition of 15 pieces.
This watch comes with a matching forest green nubuck strap.
Model: LAURENT FERRIER Classic Traveller “Série Atelier” Magnetic Green
Self-winding Calibre LF230.02
Off-centred micro-rotor in 18K solid gold with pawl-fitted unidirectional winding, fixed between the main plate and the bridge of the micro-rotor and equipped with a “silent bloc” type shock-absorbing system.
Natural escapement with double direct impulse directly on the balance.
Silicon pallet-lever with self-lubricating properties, escape-wheels in a phosphorous nickel alloy, produced according to LIGA technology.
Diameter: 14’’’ (Ø 31.60 mm)
Thickness: 5.80 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date at 3 o’clock home time
Reference time at 9 o’clock
Crown for winding and time-setting and, on the left side of the case, two push-buttons (+) and (-) respectively positioned at 10 and 8 o’clock, to adjust the time hour per hour with automatic date correction
Grade 5 titanium
Diameter: 41 mm (49 mm including the lugs)
Thickness: 10 mm / including the sapphire crystal 12.64 mm
Domed sapphire crystals, front and back
Water-resistant to 30 metres
“Ball-shaped” crown in grade 5 titanium
Magnetic green, sunburst in the centre, circular satin finish around the edge
Drop-shaped indices in 18ct white gold
Stud-shaped hour markers in cabochon-cut 18ct white gold at 3 and 9 o’clock
Bevelled date window at 3 o’clock
Small seconds counter at 6 o’clock
Dual time-zone aperture at 9 o’clock
18ct white gold, polished and curved
18ct, “Assegai-shaped” for the hours and minutes
Seconds: baton-type with counterweight
Forest-green Nubuck leather, hand stitched with Alcantara lining
Grade 5 titanium pin buckle
Limited edition of 15 pieces