Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Balance Spring
June 18, 2015
Winner of the Best Men’s Watch award at the 2010 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Balance Spring comes in a variety of models, including red gold with a white grand feu enamel dial (pictured).
The case measures 41 mm in diameter and is polished to a mirror finish. Dark grey polished hands, black Roman numerals, black train track minute ring and a small seconds subdial (at 6 o’clock) with red graduations stand out against the beautiful white enamel dial. The signature “Assegai-shaped” hour and minute hands are particularly striking.
Underneath the dial is a 23 jewel manually wound tourbillon movement (caliber 619.01), that beats at 3Hz and has an 80-hour power reserve. It features a tourbillon and an industry first double balance-spring that was developed and is produced in-house.
According to Laurent Ferrier, “The balance-springs neutralize the lateral displacement of the balance axis, while the tourbillon compensates for the variations in rate in all vertical positions. Laurent Ferrier has also developed its own escapement mechanism. In association with the tourbillon, with a specifically adapted construction, with a rigorous choice of materials and manual adjustments, the regulating organ ensures excellent rating precision. The Galet Classic is indeed chronometer-certified by Besançon Observatory.”
Every detail from the dial, to the hands, to the case, to the bridges and each component of the movement have been meticulously finished to the highest haute horology standards. The finishing and technical aspects of Laurent Ferrier timepieces are amongst the best in the world, and that is saying a lot especially the company has only been in existence for five years. (Ref. LCF001-R)