I am currently a little obsessed by mid-century modern design. The G-plan, Ercol and sheer amount of teak in my front room is a testament to this. So, when I first saw Laurent Ferrier’s Grand Tourbillon Sport a year ago it was love at first sight. Although the watch is clearly 70’s derived, inspired by the owners’ overlapping stints as Le Mans racing drivers, it’s hard to not see the mid-century influence.
The flowing cushion bezel set against the tonneau case creates an organic form and when paired with the geometric, dagger-like indexes and circular subdial, you have a broad range of shapes working in tandem to create a heavily stylised watch.
While last year’s release came as somewhat of a surprise, seeing LF deviate from more traditional watch design codes of models such as the Galet and delving into a straight-up sports-luxe watch, it perhaps shouldn’t have been. As well as Laurent Ferrier spending 37 years at Patek Philippe and rubbing shoulders with Genta et al, he was also a semi-professional racing driver. Marrying haute-horology with a sports-luxe watch was a natural step.
For 2020, the rarefied watchmaker has launched an updated version of the 2019’s sporty release this time complete with an integrated steel bracelet with folding clasp and a blue opaline gradient dial replacing the previously brown shade. Thankfully they have left it there with the changes and kept the white gold ‘Assegai’ hands filled with off-orange retro lume.
Inside you still have the award-winning, chronometer-certified, manual-wind LF 619.01 calibre featuring a tourbillon working in conjunction with a double balance spring. Like the original also, it will be housed in the gorgeously finished 44mm case and limited to just 12 models.
Ultimately this watch is built for people who appreciate style and true watchmaking prowess; think the antithesis to Jacob & Co.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Laurent Ferrier Grand Tourbillon Sport
Case/Dial: 44mm, stainless steel
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Calibre LF 619.0, manual winding
Functions: Hours, minutes, small second at 6 o’clock, tourbillon
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 80h
Strap: Integrated steel bracelet with folding clasp
Price: CHF 172,000 (not incl. VAT), limited to 12 pieces
More details at Laurent Ferrier’s website.