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.