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Those who watched the 2018 edi­tion of the Grand Prix d’hor­logerie de Genève (GPHG) may have rec­og­nized a fa­mil­iar face walk­ing away with the Men’s Com­pli­ca­tion prize at the end of the night. Lau­rent Fer­rier, the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Swiss watch­maker who was for­merly the Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor of Patek Philippe, won the award for his 2018 nov­elty, the Galet An­nual Cal­en­dar School Piece, that was in­spired by his years study­ing horol­ogy. This model, which is per­haps most notable for the in­tro­duc­tion of the in­de­pen­dent firm’s fifth man­u­fac­ture cal­iber, the man­ual-wind­ing LF.126.01, is im­bued with the tra­di­tional joie de vivre we’ve come to ex­pect from Lau­rent Fer­rier’s work, with the date, month, and day of the week all highly leg­i­ble and a dial lay­out that is both col­or­ful and sub­dued. The date is ap­par­ent thanks to a bright red in­di­ca­tor hand, while the month and day of the week are placed un­der­neath 12 o’clock in two sep­a­rate aper­tures. The days of the week are up­dated by sim­ply press­ing the pusher in­te­grated on the left side of the case. All other ad­just­ments are made by pulling and turn­ing the crown. The 40-mm time­piece comes in ei­ther a sil­ver­toned or slate-gray dial, but both ver­sions have the same vin­tage-in­spired nu­mer­als painted on in a light blue. On the case­back, you’ll find a power-re­serve in­di­ca­tor that dis­plays how much of the 80-hour re­serve is left. You have three choices for case ma­te­rial, ei­ther 18k rose gold, stain­less steel, or, for the first time, 18k “pale” yel­low gold. The steel model is priced at CHF 50,000; the gold ver­sions at CHF 55,000.

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