Only Watch 2015 — Laurent Ferrier Galet Square
It is the third consecutive time the Laurent Ferrier is supporting research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, by creating for Only Watch 2015, a unique version of its latest model, the Galet Square.
What makes this Galet Square unique, is the two-tone silvered sector dial typical of the late 1930s and unique lugs specially created for the occasion. The outer circle of the dial has a circular satin-brushed finish, while the central zone bear marks of a vertical satin-brushed finish. This association already introduced by Laurent Ferrier is given a new interpretation here. The space is marked out by a slender and delicately accentuated transferred circle featuring curved markers paying a distinctive nod to the brand’s iconic drop-shaped hour-markers.
The small seconds echoes the central theme, thereby endowing this model with a perfect equilibrium entirely respectful of the pure lines and the principles of readability cherished by Laurent Ferrier. The singularity of the dial is reinforced by the “Only Watch 2015” inscription appearing in the spot traditionally reserved for the word “Swiss”, while the “assegai-shaped” gold hours and minutes along with the baton-type seconds hand set the perfect finishing touches.
The french word galet, meaning pebble, describes well the soft cushion shaped 41 x 41 mm square case.
To highlight the unique nature of this model created specifically for Only Watch, Laurent Ferrier is revisiting its lugs for the first time and introducing a straight version of them enriched with gold half spheres.
The timepiece is fitted with a ball-shaped winding-crown ensuring smooth and pleasant handling. The snap-on case-back means the movement is easily accessible by a watchmaker via the olivette. Its water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 metres.
This watch is driven by the same self-winding FBN Calibre 229.01 equipped with a unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor, offering three days of power reserve. This is the third exclusive in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. It comprises a silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance. This innovation developed by Laurent Ferrier gives two impulses to the balance per oscillation, a system requiring two escape-wheels and a specially designed lever. This modern construction, combined with the use of cutting-edge materials, maximizes the resulting energy. The excellent efficiency of this escapement guarantees a high amplitude of the balance. Less mechanical force is required to wind the barrel spring, thereby optimizing movement.
About Only Watch 2015
Only Watch is a major charity event for aficionados and collectors of fine watches that will take place on November 7th 2015. Under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, Honorary President of the Cercle de l’Horlogerie de Monaco, this exhibition and auction will present creations from some 40 of the most prestigious watch companies, each one of them creating a unique piece for this occasion.
All the proceedings of the auction will benefit the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, to help fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease affecting 250,000 children, adolescents and young adults worldwide and provoking a progressive organism-wide degeneration of muscles.
The auction is preceded by a travelling exhibition presenting the collection in Monaco, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York and London.