In this week's instalment of our regular series, MR PORTER x Haulogerie: Watch Picks of the Week, we have something very special. MR PORTER is now an official retailer for one of my favourite independent watchmakers, Laurent Ferrier! I've selected a handful of Laurent Ferrier timepieces that I absolutely love, and I hope you do too. Enjoy!
Laurent Ferrier Classic Micro-Rotor
Growing up above his father's watch workshop in Geneva, a fascination with racing car engines and stints at Patek Philippe inspired Mr Laurent Ferrier to launch his eponymous label. Lauded for its classicism and simplicity, this 'Micro-Rotor' timepiece has a hand-polished stainless steel case and white opaline dial with signature Assegai-shaped hands. It has a honey leather strap with a soft Alcantara underside, and is powered by an in-house-manufactured automatic FBN 229.01 calibre that can be admired through the exhibition case back.
Laurent Ferrier École Régulateur Automatic
Laurent Ferrier's 'École Régulateur' watch balances a refined, simplistic appearance with traditional horology complications, like the regulator function that allows the hours, minutes and seconds indicators to sit separately. Then, there's the in-house calibre FBN 228.01 movement, which is on view through the exhibition case back, showcasing the micro-rotor and meticulous Côtes de Genève finish. The lugs are positioned so that the brown leather strap sits neatly flush against the rounded stainless steel case.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller
Laurent Ferrier's 'Traveller' watch is revered for the unusually intuitive and practical functioning of the dual time zone complication; home time is kept via the aperture at 9 o'clock, while the main dial keeps local time, which can be jumped swiftly via two pushers at 10 and 2 o'clock. The design itself is in-keeping with the watchmaker's typical refinement - it's made from 18-karat red gold, which emphasises the smoky satin-brushed dial and lets the hands and indices stand out. The Maison is known for its particularly beautiful movements, and the Swiss-made LF 230.02 calibre can be admired through the exhibition case back.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Origin
Laurent Ferrier combines masterful horological techniques with a classic design sensibility, resulting in refined timepieces that belie the complexity within. Built with a calibre LF116.01 hand-wound movement, this 'Classic Origin Opaline' watch pays tribute to some of the first editions the brand issued, only it comes in a lightweight grade-5 titanium case and Alcantara strap. The beautifully symmetrical dial features burgundy markings on the seconds sub-dial and around the minute track to denote the 24-hour scale.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor Square 'Salmon'
Laurent Ferrier subscribes to the philosophy that design requires a harmony of form and function, resulting in some really elegant timepieces. A model often lauded for its nuance and simplicity, this 'Square' watch is crafted with the signature stainless steel cushion-shaped case, which feels particularly comfortable against the contours of the wrist. It frames a warm salmon opaline dial, which is satin-brushed to accentuate the markers and indices and increase legibility. The movement is an in-house design, fitted with silicon components to enhance efficiency and the mechanics of the self-winding action.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor Square
Understated is the operative word when it comes to Laurent Ferrier's 'Square' watch. The original debuted in 2010, and has since been praised for its visual subtlety and technical functionality. This edition is crafted from stainless steel in the model's signature cushion-shaped case, which frames a satin-brushed blue opaline dial - a favourite finish of the watchmaker for the way it pronounces the gleam of the hands and indices. The Swiss-made FBN 229.01 automatic movement implements a silicon escapement to optimise winding, and minimise future upkeep.
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