Last year, arguably the most notable release for Laurent Ferrier at the SIHH 2017 was the ‘Montre École’ (school piece) watch. Not because of complications, nor materials, but because of its personal importance to founder Mr Ferrier. Although some thought that this might be a one-off, ‘school’ wise, it was followed by the release of a Micro-Rotor Montre École Régulateur.
Formally launched at this year’s SIHH was another new addition to what is becoming a full blown collection – an annual calendar that requires a single adjustment (for February) each year.
The most noteworthy fact about this new watch is that it contains Laurent Ferrier’s fifth in-house movement, the manual-wind Calibre LF.126.01. With a huge power reserve of 80 hours, it has the typically high levels of Ferrier finishing, with Côtes de Genève, ruthenium treated bridges, and circular graining on the main plate. Like all LF movements, all angles are hand-beveled and even the screw heads are hand polished.
The 400mm Annual Calendar School Piece is available in a pale yellow gold created for Laurent Ferrier, rose gold, or stainless steel, with a silver-toned or slate grey dial, with the same contrast of vertical satin brushed centre and circular satin-brushed dial finishing that was used in the other School Pieces. The day and month are shown in beveled apertures at the top of the dial, whilst the date indicator is a red hand that extends to the edge of the dial. The familiar slender elegant Assegai-shaped hands marking the time on Laurent Ferrier watches are here as well, in 18 carat white gold.
There is a corrector at 10 o’clock to advance the day while the date is set via the crown. The month indication is adjusted by advancing the date through an entire cycle of 30 or 31 days.
Strapwise, it’s either black alligator with Alcantra lining, or beige calf leather, with a matching metal clasp.
The RRP of the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece is 50,000 CHF for the stainless steel model, and 55,000 CHF for the yellow gold and rose gold versions.