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Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Laurent Ferrier has got to be one of the most interesting independent watchmakers out there for more than one reason. The man is a veteran in the industry, having worked for some 37 years at Patek Philippe before starting his eponymous watch brand. During that time, he dabbled in amateur racing and was a pretty accomplished in that field as well. In 1979, he raced in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans and came in third in his class, behind a certain Mr. Paul Newman. And one of the loveliest watches that he makes today is the Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral watch. Why do I think it’s so great? Read on and I will tell you.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For our non French-speaking readers, galet is pebble, and for a long time, the pebble was the inspiration behind Laurent Ferrier’s Galet watches. Last year, Laurent Ferrier decided to update the collection with an entirely new cushion-shaped case under the Galet Square line. The Galet Square was immediately well-received. The case retains the soft lines that the Galet is famous for, and remains exceptionally elegant-looking.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The new Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral watch has that same fantastic cushion-shaped case that made last year’s Galet Square watches a hit. The case is 18k white gold and measures 41.5mm wide, which is just the right size, we feel. It’s not too big as to become chunky, and not too small that it is completely inconspicuous. Predictably, the case is executed and finished to an extremely high level.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The dial is where the magic is at. As its name clearly states, the watch has a two-tone sector dial, which is more aesthetically pleasing to our eyes when compared to the minimalist and almost sparse dials of last year’s Galet Square watches. A railway minute track surrounds a circular satin-brushed chapter ring, which highlights the printed hour markers and applied indices at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock. The applied indices, in case you are wondering, are made of blackened gold.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The hands are called “assegai-shaped” and are a specialty of Laurent Ferrier. Assegai refers to the spear that is used by tribes for hunting in Africa. The hour, minute, and second hands are all made out of gold and are hand-polished before being treated with ruthenium, which explains their unique color. They also contrast vividly against the silvery dial, which makes the watch very legible, despite the thin hands.

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Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

And then there’s a running seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock with a matching sector-style ring for the seconds. The sub-dial is slightly recessed and decorated with circular guilloche. And the middle of the dial bears the mark of Laurent Ferrier and the words “Tourbillon Double Spiral” which hints at something special.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The movement is truly special, and not just because of its unique architecture with its lovely shaped bridges and extremely intricate finishing, but also because it has a rather unusual tourbillon. You see, instead of a single balance spring, two balance springs are mounted one on top of the other, which supposedly improves timekeeping. It also looks really impressive. Add that to the fact that the tourbillon makes a full rotation every minute, and what you have is a very visually arresting movement.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

And of course, you have all the finishing flourishes that befits a Laurent Ferrier watch, including Côtes de Genève on the bridges, delicious chamfering, gleaming polished jewel sinks and screw heads – basically, the works. And it looks absolutely fabulous. The movement, dubbed the Caliber LF 619.01, consists of 188 parts, 23 jewels, and has a power reserve of 80 hours – well over three days.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In summary, the new Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral watch is a very much welcome addition to the brand’s Galet Square collection. The two-tone sector dial is exceptionally executed and adds a bit of visual pizzazz. And on the wrist, the watch wears well and is, to our minds, almost of the perfect size. Some readers might wonder why the tourbillon isn’t made visible on the dial side. Well, Laurent Ferrier watches have always been known to be discreet, and we are glad that they are adhering to this ethos. The Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Sector Dial Tourbillon Double Spiral has a price of $208,000 USD. laurentferrier.ch

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  • Bill W

    Looks like a knockoff version of an E.C. Andersson if you ask me.

    • word-merchant

      Great minds etc…

    • ??????

      Lol – both are knockoff of Parnis:

      • Bill W

        As a Parnisisti I’m a little bit offended by that. 🙂

        • ??????

          Parnis manufacture is generous enough not to take of such obvious cases of latent reverence to their genius.

      • CryptoReporter

        Thats a PAM00520 Parnis if Im not mistaken.

  • word-merchant

    Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square vs E.C. Andersson North Sea Watch – let battle commence!

    Snarky comments aside, they both have quite similar case shapes, and it’s a shape that really works for me. This is a beautiful watch and gets additional points for putting the Tourbillon around the back so the dial doesn’t looked like it was hacked around by someone with as much design skill as… well, me, really. I’d still probably take the Vacheron Constantin Quai De L’Ile (white dial only) and save myself a bit of money, but it’s nice to have the choice.

    I always thought the Apple Watch was a dull, soulless misuse of technology, but watches like this make me realise how right I am and happy that there are still people out there who care enough about aesthetics and have the ability to realise their vision.

    • Bill W

      5 of the last 7 articles have featured a cushion or close-to-cushion-shaped watch. And 19 of the last 12 articles have been about Apple. 🙂

      • word-merchant

        Yes, Thoughts on thoughts on thoughts on thoughts on thoughts on why I’m thinking about thoughts about the Apple Watch and how it will change everything everywhere at once, part 72.

    • Timestandsstill

      The Quai De L’Ile immediately came to my mind as well as I read this. It’s a great value and although I was not initially attracted to it , it has starting to really grow on me. The Ferrier of course is in a class by itself. Tourbillon on the back is definitely right on!

  • john coleman

    That movement – just stunning.

  • ??????

    Stupid words on the dial.. Otherwise – stunning watch and movement.

  • MEddie90

    Gorgeous movement, excellent dial and case work and those hands are to die for, plus its great to see a tourby without needing to cut a hole in the dial to show it off. The only real criticism I could make regards the “TOURBILLON DOUBLE SPIRAL” on the dial, way to large and looks to be awkwardly pushed between the center hands and sub-dial. I understand that you want to differentiate it from the regular gallet micro rotor but more subtle text would work better imho.

    Either way absolutely stunning as expected.

  • laup nomis

    This is about the coolest ‘Thing’ on the planet, let alone in the watch world.
    White gold cushion case, and those hands! (Though calling them asagai is a bit ‘poetic’ to be honest). The movement is beautiful and interesting, though I can do without the hassle of maintaining a tourbillion. But then I’m not rich enough to ever have that problem either. And that dial, so exquisite.
    It will wear as a big 41.5mm as its a cushion case, but as I’m a big boned ham fisted lump I’ll overlook that.

  • IanE

    Beautiful, though I prefer the round, simpler-dialled Galet Micro-rotor (which also has the slight advantage of being about a quarter of the price!).

  • Chaz

    Artistry

  • BrJean

    It’s amazing how a relatively simple movement (I mean there is no chrono or perpetual calendar) could have so much depth. I feel like standing on the top of skyscraper and looking down.

  • Ulysses31

    An elegant watch with a stunning movement. The layout of the bridges as strong horizontal bars is quite masculine compared with most watches and their excessively curvy bridges.

    • Berndt Norten

      There’s no such thing as excessively curvy!

  • Soooooo Nice. I can overlook the extraneous text as everything else is so classy and well done. The closest I will ever get to owning one of these beauties is that I got to one meet their PR/social media lady Jessica at BaselWorld. And like the watch, she is a sweetheart too!

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Magnificent !

  • Berndt Norten

    Perfection

  • Shawn Lavigne

    the looks of this one are off: a pneumatic case and crown paired with ultra-thin indices and hands. it’s just not balanced visually. the movement is all praise.

  • Absolute perfection…one of those rare watches in which everything is in perfect, sublime proportion.

  • One of the best looking watches on the planet. The movement is exquisite to the point I’d be tempted to wear it upside down on my wrist.

  • SuperStrapper

    I’ll get out of the way of the gushing, as I’m not sold. The watch is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but would never make even the top 10 watches I would consider at this pricepoint. I like my useless and expensive complications visible at all times, so if you’re going to add a tourbillion, or multiple tourbillion, make them appear on the dial. The movement is spectacular but wasted in this overly understated (oxymoron much?) Timepiece. Understated to the point of boring, really.

    • Kuroji

      Tell us how you feel about the small seconds sundial.

      • SuperStrapper

        You’ve paid attention. Or stalked. Either is flattering, in its own way.

        I have no love for subsidiary seconds, this is true. But to complain about it on this watch wouldnt really make sense, as it’s position is dictated by the tourbillion on the other side. The only way to make a tourbillion even more useless would be to not even give it the courtesy of seconds indication, and complicate the movement further to include a centre seconds. Which I would give praise for, to be sure.

        At the end of the day, watches are a fanboi’s club. This dial says Laurent Ferrier on it, so the comments are guaranteed to be favourable. If this watch had the exact same appearance but said Panerai on the dial, the commentary would be much more a mixed bag, and if it still looked the same but said Hublot on the dial we would be swimming in cloying seas of haterade.

        • Timestandsstill

          Reluctantly agree with your last paragraph although I’ll still cling to the belief that Laurent Ferrier make some of the finest watches to be had. Sublime simplicity.

        • Kuroji

          I share your general distaste for small seconds, which is why I remember your frequent complaints about it. I was actually surprised you had nothing to say about it here.

          • SuperStrapper

            Yeah, it turned me off right away, but as I mentioned it’s not worth complaining about.

            But sub seconds is overused because the belief is that it adds class or heritage to a dial, but it adds neither. Centre seconds is much more elegant, especially in a design like this. All these comments about the simplicity and understated luxury, but we have what is essentially a completely superfluous sundial that cuts into other dial elements and smashes up into a line of arguably superfluous dial text, making the spaces on the dial all seem tightened in turn.

        • Bill W

          I enjoy Haterade. It replenishes my detestolytes.

  • funNactive

    Yes, you can see the Tourbillon through the back but if I spend the money for a Tourbillon, I want to be able to look at it while it is on my wrist. – just my personal preference.

  • WINKS

    Drop-dead gorgeous.

  • David Williams

    Very impressive in every aspect, except for one.

    It seems to me that if you elect not to reveal the tourbillon on the face – modestly reserving enjoyment of its presence for the wearer – and design an understated “less-is-more” kind of watch, then the unwritten rules of stealth wealth dictate that perhaps you should not undermine your decision by prominently advertising the presence of the aforementioned little rotating wonder for all to see!

    • Agreed, but even Patek can’t help themselves on that one.

  • Gokart Mozart

    As well as doing about the nicest hands in the business, LF also does the nicest applied markers, simple and stunning.

    • Berndt Norten

      like Madge, they use Palmolive ?

  • DanW94

    Business in the front, party in the back. Just like this guy…..

    • Yeah – but not even remotely like that guy (outside of the hairdo statement).

  • Kuroji

    The classiest Panerai I’ve ever seen. You are all thinking it.

  • BNABOD

    Damn whoa crap this is awesome and all of it one page. Georgeous.

  • spiceballs

    Beautiful and well beyond my pay grade. I believe “assegai” is Bantu for “throwing stick”.

    • laup nomis

      As in “Don’t chuck those throwing sticks at me”….. (In you’re best Michael C voice).

      • spiceballs

        with his adopted posh (not normal cockney) accent – – 🙂

  • Chefcook

    Kind of depressing that I couldn’t afford this beauty even if I’d sell every other watch I have. I love the case design and proportions. The movement is so beautiful it leaves me speechless.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Uff, a lot to like, a lot to dislike. And in a $200k watch, it has to be all LIKE!

  • This is a mic-drop watch

  • Ian john horwood

    Another lovely watch , but its a shame their so very expensive .

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