With the new Classic Traveller Meteorite, independent watchmaker Laurent Ferrier adds a celestial element to its Classic Traveller dual-time watch collection.
Released as a limited edition for the North American market, the new 41mm titanium watchfeatures a dark blue dial made from genuine meteorite sourced from northern Scandinavia.
Laurent Ferrier, known as much for impeccable dials as for elegant technical displays,immerses the meteorite in a galvanic bath to obtain the blue color. The watchmaker then adds a slightly raised white silkscreen print to the dial to enhance the natural patterns of the extraterrestrial slice.
Inside the watchmaker fits the superb LF 230.02 self-winding caliber, which includes both a second time-zone setting mechanism and a date.
The beautifully decorated movement offers a pawl-fitted unidirectional micro-rotor backed by Ferrier’s own double direct-impulse natural escapement. Because the escapement sends two impulses directly to the balance with each beat, it offers high efficiency and a healthy 72-hour power reserve.
The user can quickly change the local time using the left-side pushers, moving ahead or back without changing the minute hand. The aperture at 9 o’clock shows the home time with a 24-hour display that clearly indicates daytime and nighttime.
Laurent Ferrier’s Classic Traveller Meteorite is a limited edition of fifteen pieces for the North American market. Price: $69,500.
Independent watchmakers Laurent Ferrier and Christian Ferrier will present “The Natural Escapement” as the October lecture of the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) on Monday, October 4. Scheduled for 1 pm EST, the virtual seminar (via Zoom) will include Laurent Ferrier’s personal interpretation of horological theories on the escapement as proposed by his peers.
Laurent Ferrier is co-founder and creative director at Montres Laurent Ferrier in Geneva, where his son Christian Ferrier serves as movement creator.
The October lecture will take place via Zoom and has been scheduled to accommodate local time in Switzerland. There will be no in-person gathering for this HSNY October lecture.
The Ferriers will discuss how their watchmaking company successfully updated Abraham-Louis Breguet’s natural escapement. As the HSNY explains, Breguet was unable to ensure the escapement’s reliability because of the manufacturing techniques and materials available at the time.
“Two hundred years later, Laurent Ferrier gave the natural escapement a new lease on life. At the October 2021 meeting of the Horological Society of New York, Laurent and Christian Ferrier will discuss the principles of the natural escapement and how they succeeded in manufacturing it,” according to the HSNY.
The Zoom Webinar will begin promptly at 1pm EST and registration is required. All lectures remain free and open to the public.
To accompany the lecture, Montres Laurent Ferrier will hold an exhibition of timepieces, including some with natural escapements, at the Horological Society of New York, during the afternoons of October 5 and October 6. HSNY members and the general public are welcome to attend. Timed tickets are required, as well as proof of vaccination. Masks are optional but strongly encouraged. Additional details for the lecture and the exhibition are available at the HSNY website. Click here to register for the exhibition, and here to register or the lecture.