In 2019, Indie watchmaker Laurent Ferrier introduced its very first sports watch, the Tourbillon Grand Sport. This year the newest unveils a fresh variant of the Tourbillon Grand Sport watches with an integrated steel bracelet.
Before he launched his eponymous brand, Laurent Ferrier was an avid racing enthusiast and even competed in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans seven days, coming first in the two-liter prototype group in 1977. Back in 1979, he participated in the Le Mans race along with fellow driver and industrialist François Servanin and their Porsche 935T finished in third place overall. The duo would go on to form the Laurent Ferrier watch brand in 2010. Incidentally, the year 2019 was also the 10th anniversary of this conception of the brand’s first tourbillon.
Laurent Ferrier watches are well known for their elegant and elegant lines. It’s a distinctive stainless steel case that falls somewhere between a cushion and a tonneau form. While the brushed case has a diameter of 44 mm, then it’s fitted with a cushion-shaped bezel with polished edges and keeps the touch onion crown. A sapphire crystal caseback offers uninterrupted views of the tourbillon movement and the case is water-resistant to 100 meters.
The watch is fitted with a gradient opaline dial which goes out of blue in its center to black near its periphery. And just like the original from 2019, the hands and indicators feature orange Super-LumiNova thus forming a dramatic contrast. A snailed sub-dial in 6 o’ clock indicates the running seconds and sits under a gently arcing tinted sapphire crystal.
The opinion is powered with manual-winding movement which includes a tourbillon escapement. Fitted with a double balance-spring, the tourbillon is observable through the caseback. Both reversed-fitted balance-springs neutralize the lateral displacement of the equilibrium axis, whereas the tourbillon compensates for the variations in rate in all vertical positions.
The watch is powered by manual-winding movement which contains a tourbillon escapement. It has a power reserve of 80 hours plus an escapement that oscillates at a three Hz (21,600 vph). Fitted with a dual balance-spring, the tourbillon is observable through the caseback. The two reversed-fitted balance-springs neutralize the lateral displacement of the equilibrium axis, whereas the tourbillon compensates for the variations in rate in most vertical positions. This quality is chronometer-certified by the Besançon Observatory.
Construction is motivated by 19th century chronometry models
With their manual-winding system featuring a long-blade-type ratchet pawl system characterized by the delicate mechanical snapping noise cancelling during winding. The movement was given a horizontal satin-brushed finish with a ruthenium touch for a sportier appearance.
For the first period, the Maison has equipped with a watch with an integrated stainless steel necklace. The middle row of the 3-rows layout has vertical satin finished links while the curved edges of the links are exhibited in a contrasting mirror-polish and can be fastened via folding grip.
Along with the original Tourbillon Grand Sport, the newest edition is also limited to only 12 bits and is priced at CHF 172,000.