Heralded independent watchmaker Laurent Ferrier presented his first sport-luxury timepiece, the Grand Sport Tourbillon, in 2019, offering the initial model with a distinct taupe-colored dial and a matching, integrated rubber strap. For Watches & Wonders 2020, which went live online last week, Ferrier introduces it on a new integrated stainless steel bracelet.
The Grand Sport Tourbillon stands apart from other models in the mostly luxury-oriented Laurent Ferrier collection, with a design that pays tribute to its creator’s longtime enthusiasm for motorsports and the sports watches worn by drivers in the 1970s; Ferrier and his partner in the eponymous watch firm, Francois Servanin, competed frequently throughout that decade in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The watch’s barrel-shaped steel case, with a cushion-shaped bezel, measures 44 mm in diameter and features predominantly circular satin-brushed finishes along with a mirror polish on the flanks. Its sunken crown is fluted and onion-shaped in the tradition of the brand and protected by two unobtrusive ergonomic crown guards.
Inside the case, behind a sapphire exhibition caseback, is a manually wound movement equipped with a tourbillon escapement and fitted with two reverse-fitted balance springs that neutralize the lateral displacement of the balance axis. while the tourbillon compensates for the variations in rate in all vertical positions. This caliber is chronometer-certified by Switzerland’s Besançon Observatory; in its original execution, it was unveiled inside Laurent Ferrier’s 2010 Classic Tourbillon, a winner of the Geneva Grand Prix for Best Men’s Watch. Among its other technical highlights are the long-blade-type ratchet pawl system, which delivers a prominent click as the watch is wound. This version of the award-winning movement features a horizontal satin-brushed finish and a ruthenium treatment, in keeping with the watch’s sporty character.
Setting this watch apart from its predecessor, firstly, is the new opaline dial with gradient blue-to-black effect, which like the original features a snailed, small-seconds subdial; white-gold “Assegai” shaped hands; and indices treated with orange Super-LumiNova. Secondly, it’s the new integrated bracelet, in stainless steel with a classical three-link design. The links in the central row have a vertical satin finish, while the rounded edges of the outer links are mirror-polished. The bracelet attaches to the wrist with a folding clasp. This latest iteration of the Grand Sport Tourbillon is as exclusive as the original: limited to just 12 pieces, and priced at 172,000 Swiss francs.