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.