Finnish Le Locle-based watchmaker Torsti Laine, whose 1817 we covered last year, has launched a new model called the GG, the letters standing for ‘Gelidus/ Guilloché’, and marking the first appearance of this type of decorative work to his watches.
‘Gelidus’ means cold or frosty in Latin, and the new piece is, as the name indicates, a variant of Laine’s Gelidus model, which has frosted finishing on both the dial and movement sides, only this time, with hand engine-turned moiré pattern guilloché work on the dial. Available in a number of dial colour options, the applied indices are rhodiumed steel, and all hands are steel. For those who aren’t as keen on nameplates, the watch is also available without it, but with the name text in white print instead.
The new watch houses the same manual wind movement as in original Gelidus, the LA18.1, but the hardened steel bridges are now mirror polished. There is black polishing on the screw heads and all screw and jewel sinks and bridge chamfers are hand polished by hand.
The case is stainless steel and 40.5mm in size, with domed AR sapphire crystal on both sides. The watches come on a handmade alligator strap.
Coming on a handmade alligator strap, all watches are made to order, with a starting price of CHF 8,800 (excluding taxes). For more information or to discuss personalisation and/ or order one from Torsti Laine, go to this link.
[Photo credit : Laine]