Laurent Ferrier Bridge One Pre-SIHH 2019There have already been a ton of surprises at this year’s SIHH, with mechanical wonders aplenty spoiling us for the year to come. How’s can Baselworld possibly stack up in comparison? Fortunately, it’s not all about haute horology in the complicated sense, at least for Laurent Ferrier. Their surprise comes in a different, rectangular form: say hello to the Bridge One.

This is Laurent Ferrier’s first ever rectangular watch, with the Galet – French for pebble – holding fast as their flagship. Then again, there’s nothing innately special about a rectangular watch; Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and plenty, plenty more have been doing them for decades. This though is Laurent Ferrier, and this rectangle isn’t just a rectangle.

The way the lugs curve outwards like wings give the entire watch the architectural feel of a contemporary building, the kind of flowing lines that turn a building into a work of art. It’s fitting, given that its inspiration was just that: Geneva’s famous Passerelle de l’lle bridge. Yeah, don’t go looking for some crazy bridge across the movement, the name’s far more literal than that.

Laurent Ferrier Bridge One Pre-SIHH 2019

The only thing interrupting the smooth lines of the 30 x 44mm steel case is the ball-shaped and fluted crown, a signature of Laurent Ferrier’s 19th century inspirations. It’s a little at odds with the more modern flow of the watch but you have to give the watchmaker room for a bit of quirkiness.

The dial is pure classicism in white grand feu enamel with grey enamelled indexes, though the watch also comes with a slightly more industrial slate grey dial too, complete with raised numerals instead. Either way it’s understated to the extreme, the kind of watch that sets itself apart in its finishing rather than ostentation.

Seeing as you can’t just shove a round movement into a square hole, the entire calibre for the Bridge One is new. The LF107.01 manual winding movement is as beautifully architectural as the case, with shaped bridges and immaculate finishing. With 80 hours of power reserve, it’s an impressive piece of watchmaking to boot.

Laurent Ferrier Bridge One Pre-SIHH 2019Laurent Ferrier Bridge One Pre-SIHH 2019

Presented on a honey strap, be that alligator with alcantara lining or timberland leather, the Bridge One is stunning in a distinctly unusual way. This new watch is a big step for Laurent Ferrier but it’s one worth taking. The Galet has been a fine canvas on which to practice their own brand of horology; now they have something new to experiment with. It’s going to be a big year.

Price & Specs:

      • Model Name: Laurent Ferrier Bridge One
        Ref: LCF 032.AC.AG1 & LCF.032.AC.E01
      • Dial/Case: 44 mm diameter x 30 mm height; “ball-shaped” crown in stainless steel
      • Movement: Manual winding calibre LF107.01
      • Functions: Hours and minutes
        Water Resistance: 3 bar (approx. 30m)

        Frequency: 3Hz (21’600 Alt/H) frequency
      • Power Reserve: 80h
      • Price & Availability: TBC

Discover more at Laurent Ferrier’s website.