We’ve been slowly working our way through the highlights of the independent brands that attended SIHH 2018 and it’s high time we took a look at what Laurent Ferrier has to offer this year. The septuagenarian Swiss watchmaker, who was formerly the Creative Director of Patek Philippe, introduced the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece during the Geneva fair. This watch is most notable for including the brand’s fifth in-house caliber, the LF.126.01.
Laurent Ferrier imbued this watch with the traditional joie de vivre we’ve come to expect from his work, with the date, month, and day of the week all highly legible and a dial layout that is both colorful and subdued. The date is apparent thanks to a bright red indicator hand, while the month and day of the week are placed underneath 12 o’clock in two separate apertures. The days of the week are updated by simply pressing the pusher integrated on the left side of the case. All other adjustments are made by pulling and turning the crown.
The 40 mm timepiece comes in either a silver-toned or slate-gray dial, but both versions have the same vintage-inspired numerals painted on in a light baby blue. The finishing here is as complex as you’ll see in any timepiece, with a vertical satin-brushed center and a circular satin-brushed outer circle. Inside the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, the center has a snailed finish while the outer circle has a circular satin brush. The 18k white gold hands are balanced out by your choice of case material, either 18k rose gold, stainless steel, or, for the first time in a Laurent Ferrier wristwatch, 18k “pale” yellow gold. On the caseback, you’ll find a power reserve indicator that displays how much of the 80-hour reserve is left.
Currently, there’s no information on price or availability.