In 2014 Laurent Ferrier will offer two new variations for the successful Galet Micro-Rotor line.
Presented at BaselWorld 2014, these new models are characterised by dials with a railway track minute circle and easily readable straight relief-worked Arabic numerals.
The opaline silver-toned dial is framed by a white gold case while the vertical satin-brushed black dial is matched to red gold. Both dials are made of solid silver.
The 18K gold hours and minutes hands have the typical shape of the Assegai spear, the typical weapon used by the Zulu. The baton-shaped small seconds hand is also made of 18k gold.
The Laurent Ferrier signature case, inspired to the shape of a pebble (galet in French), has a diameter of 40 mm with a thickness of 11.10 mm. The ball-shaped winding crown ensures smooth handling and well harmonises with the case.
The finishing of the in-house self-winding movement with off-centred winding micro-rotor is superlative and can be fully appreciated thanks to sapphire crystal case-back.
In addition to a Côtes de Genève pattern on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, the flanks are hand-drawn, the wheel spokes are bevelled, the screw heads are polished and the interior angles are hand-crafted. Mirror polishing is done by hand on the pawl, the balance-clock and the micro-rotor bridge.
The exclusive silicon escapement offers the advance of giving two impulses per oscillation (1 oscillation = 2 vibrations). This means that the movement frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour) impulses the balance 21,600 times per hour so maximising the restitution of energy and reducing the torque required to wind the mainspring. When fully wound, the power reserve is 80 hours.
The case-back is snap-fastened and can be removed by the watchmaker thanks to the olivette. Water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 metres.
The Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor 2014 models are fitted with a dark or light brown alcantara-lined alligator leather strap secured by a double-blade folding clasp.