You may recall our post earlier this year about Laurent Ferrier’s new Montre École watch, a piece that, with its nods in name and appearance to a watchmaker’s ‘first school watch’, is deeply personal to Mr Ferrier. For those who thought that this might be a one-off, it is now evident that this not the case, with the recent announcement of the addition of a second ‘school’ piece, the Régulateur.
For those unfamiliar with this style of time display, the large centre hand indicates minutes, at 12 o’clock is the hour dial, and at 6 o’clock, a seconds sub dial. All of these indicators have hands in 18k white gold with black ruthenium treatment, but the hands themselves are of different designs – leaf-shaped for hours, ‘Assegai-shaped’ for the minutes, and baton-shaped for the seconds.
The new piece is in the same case as the Montre École and shares the same design codes on the new dial, with silver tones and vertical satin-brushed finishing, with recessed minute and seconds and a contrasting nickel snailed finish. The minute markers are on a slate grey railway track with blue painted Arabic numerals at 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes respectively.
The 40mm three piece bassiné case is in white gold or stainless steel. Visible through the back is the automatic (micro-rotor) Calibre FBN 228.01, beating at 21,600VPH and with a 72-hour power reserve. There is Côtes de Genève decoration on the hand-polished bridges and the circular graining on the main plate. Wheel spokes are bevelled, the screw heads are chamfered and polished, and interior angles are hand finished.
The Galet Micro-Rotor Montre École Régulateur comes on a grey leather alligator strap with white gold or stainless steel pin buckle, although a clasp is available on request. The RRP is 34,900 EUR for the stainless steel version and 44,300 EUR for the white gold model, and they are available from this month (July 2017).
[Photos from Laurent Ferrier]