The Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon is everything a grail watch should be. It houses a GPHG winning movement, it has an amazing mid-century design, the dials are gorgeous and it’s very exclusive having only ever been produced in limited editions. Well, that is until now with the launch of the Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon Pursuit, which is the first edition to join Laurent Ferrier’s regular collections.
Let’s be clear for a moment, just because it’s joining the regular collection does not mean it won’t be exclusive. It will instead have a limited annual production of just 15 pieces, meaning it will be half a decade before there are even 75 pieces out in the world. What it does mean is that like Galahad, this is a grail you can actually get within touching distance of if you’re dedicated enough.
As for the watch itself, very little has changed from previous versions and honestly that’s for the best. The broad 44mm case in titanium with curved edges and a cushion shaped bezel is a beautiful piece of design. Especially with its mixture of brushed and mirror polished surfaces and integrated bracelet giving it that sports luxe aesthetic.
What is brand new is the dial colour, which is a salmon coloured fumé. It was created to evoke images of the sunrise at Le Mans, the motor race that both of Laurent Ferrier’s founders competed in. The pale dawn pushing back the dark edges of night. The central crosshair pattern below the assegai hands and the guilloché small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock help to give structure to the display.
Through the sapphire exhibition caseback you can see the Calibre LF619.01. As mentioned in the introduction, this double balance spring tourbillon movement helped Laurent Ferrier secure a prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2010. It’s a manual wind piece with a power reserve of 80-hours. The tourbillon carriage is visible through the caseback, which is unusually restrained by most watchmaker’s standards these days, with the popular design being to have it visible dial side and flying.
I think what ultimately makes the Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon Pursuit a certifiable grail watch is the confidence with which it carries itself. It’s unapologetic but at the same time it isn’t boastful. Pricewise, it’s the same as the previous limited editions at CHF 175,000 (approx. £154,500), which makes sense because they’re effectively the same watch but without the limitation.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon Pursuit
- Ref: LCF044.T1.RN1
- Case/dial: 44mm diameter, titanium case, gradient pink opaline dial, 18k white fold hands
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: Laurent Ferrier calibre LF619.01, manual winding, 23 jewels, 188 parts
- Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
- Power reserve: 80h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, tourbillon
- Strap: Titanium bracelet with folding clasp
- Price/availability: CHF 175,000 (approx. £154,500)