Laurent Ferrier have just released a new model called the Sport Auto, adding another option to the integrated bracelet luxury sports watch field. This may not be their first watch to fit into this category, but it is their new entry point.
In 2020 we covered the limited edition Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon, which came in a 44mm stainless steel case and was their first foray into integrated stainless steel bracelets.
It was limited to twelve numbered pieces, and a follow up to the Grand Sport Tourbillon released in 2019 to commemorate the 1979 ’24 Hours of Le Mans’ at which Laurent Ferrier and brand co-founder François Servanin placed third overall, ten years since the founding of the Laurent Ferrier brand, and the brand’s first tourbillon in 2009. It featured the classically Ferrier style of a tourbillon hidden at the back.
This new piece’s inspiration is down the same 1979 Le Mans path, although Laurent Ferrier’s well known personal history with Patek Philippe and a specific tie-in with that race, are also present.
For many watch buyers a story, a personal story, adds value to and plays a part in, making purchasing decisions. Laurent Ferrier was working at Patek at the time of this race, and he gave François Servanin a Nautlius in celebration of their placing. The Sport Auto is a tribute to this, and to their long friendship.
This cushion-cased watch with its rounded curves is in grade 5 titanium and measures 41.5 mm (12.7mm thick) with a water resistance of 120m. The case is the same style as the Grand Sport Tourbillon, but if you compare photos of the both, the bracelet appears proportionately less wide, making the lines and angle sloping from the case to the bracelet, seem more marked. It has circular satin finish on the bezel, polished flanks, and vertical satin finish on the middle case. The screw-down crown is ball-shaped.
The dial is gradient shades of blue with an opaline finish, with a small snailed seconds at 6 o’clock. There are 18k white gold indices with matching 18k white gold hour, minute, and seconds hands. The hands and indices have green Super-LumiNova. The minute markers are grey transfers.
The most notable feature about the dial is the unusual design of the bevelled date window, which has slate grey numerals on a white disc. Ultimately, whether or not you like the sloped frame is a matter of personal preference, but I find it quite interesting, and will demur from coming down either way until I see one ‘in the metal’.
Through the sapphire case back can be seen the new in-house automatic LF 270.01 movement with a platinum micro-rotor. Beating at 28,800 VPH with a power reserve of 72 hours, it features horizontal satin finishing and ruthenium treatment on the bridges.
The new Sports Auto Blue is priced at CHF 46,000 excluding taxes. As well as contacting your nearest authorised dealer, you can enquire about it directly from Laurent Ferrier here.
[Photo credit: Laurent Ferrier]