Lau­rent Ferrier

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY JEAN PASCAL

All master watch­mak­ers have to start some­where, and gen­er­ally, for many of them, the “grad­u­a­tion” as it were, is to de­sign, pro­duce and as­sem­ble their own time­piece upon com­ple­tion of their stud­ies. It’s a true test of their skills as a com­plete watch­maker and ar­ti­san. Lau­rent Ferrier started on this path many moons ago, tak­ing a de­tour as a Le Mans podium win­ner (yes, re­ally!), and con­tin­u­ing with a stel­lar four-decade ca­reer at none other than Patek Philippe, where he worked be­hind the scenes on tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ments. It’s not un­til a few years ago that he de­cided he wanted to spread his wings and to put his own name on the dial of the watch. This year, Ferrier takes a trip down mem­ory lane, and takes in­spi­ra­tion from that very first watch to ef­fec­tively bear his name, his own “school piece.” We can see ac­tu­ally that his Galet case, so-named be­cause it’s peb­ble-shaped, due to the pro­por­tion­ally rounded case, is in­spired by pocket watches; back then, it wasn’t un­usual to take a pocket watch and to con­vert it into a wrist watch. For the Mon­tre École, Ferrier up­dates the de­sign and adds two satin bands in con­trast with the pol­ished sur­faces. The lugs are also changed; in­stead of flow­ing out of the case, as with his ex­ist­ing col­lec­tion, they are straight and thin, again tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the con­verted pocket watch style. The dial and move­ment are also up­dated to com­plete the pack­age. A plat­inum ver­sion is avail­able on re­quest.

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