LAURENT FERRIER : Galet Classic Tourbillon Dual

Unveiled this year, Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Classic Tourbillon Dual was created out of customer demand. Clients expressed a desire to be able to see their tourbillon not just from the (back) movement side, as per their other Galet Classic tourbillons such as the one below, but from the dial side as well.

The 2017 Galet Classic Tourbillon Dual comes in a 41mm sized 18K / 210Pd non-rhodium plated white gold case. The dial has a circular satin-brushed chapter ring and its sole numeral, XII, a raised, powdered silver-toned grey transfer. The overall aesthetic of the contrast between the chapter ring and silver-toned vertical satin-brushed centre finishing is reminiscent of the Montre Ecole piece we covered earlier this year. The railway minute track at the edge is in slate grey.

Laurent Ferrier have kept the original watch design, with the tourbillon’s position unchanged. However, they developed a particular bridge for this new model; satin-brushed, shot-blasted and hand-polished, with two large curved arms supporting the regulating organ.

Laurent Ferrier’s Assegai-shaped white gold hands are treated with black ruthenium. The eponymous tourbillon is at six o’clock and you can see right through to the back if you hold the watch up and look through it.

The tourbillon has two top-to-tail balance springs, two Geneva-type balance-spring stud-holders, Swiss lever escapement with steel escape-wheel and lever, and a peripheral tourbillon carriage driving system.

Powering all of this is the chronometer-certified manual-wind Calibre LF 619.03. It beats at 21,600VPH and has a power reserve of 80 hours.

The Galet Classic Tourbillon Dual comes on a blue alligator leather strap with Alcantara lining. The strap is secured by a pin buckle or a double-blade folding clasp in 18K white gold.

Categories: Hands-on, SIHH 2017, Switzerland, Watch Profile, watches


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