Introducing The Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport


Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport

Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport

In a somewhat unexpected move, Laurent Ferrier introduces an alll-new  sporty chic Tourbillon Grand Sport watch to celebrate 40 years since the brand’s founders raced together at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 10 years since the conception of its very first tourbillon.

Those who know Laurent Ferrier as a watchmaker today, may not realize that in the 1970’s he was much more well known on the racing circuits. In fact, he competed in the  24 Hours of Le Mans seven times, coming first in the two-liter prototype category in 1977.During that time, he became friends with driver François Servanin and the two often raced together. It was not just their common love of racing, though, that brought them together. It was also a passion for mechanics.  As such, they formed the Laurent Ferrier watch brand 10 years ago.

Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport

Laurent Ferrier’s Tourbillon Grand Sport watch celebrates his racecar driving past.

The new llimited edition Tourbillon Grand Sport is designed to recall the spirit of 1970s motor racing, and the watch features a smokey taupe colored dial with orange luminescent hands and indexes. The dial is enhanced by a  tinted sapphire crystal and the 44mm stainless steel case features a cushion-shaped bezel against a tonneau shaped middle.

For the creation of this watch, Laurent Ferrier developed a new escapement mechanism that works in association with the tourbillon. The new caliber is chronometer certified by the Besancon Observatory. It is a mechanical hand-wound movement, entirely developed in house. It is equipped with a double balance-spring tourbillon.  In typical Laurent Ferrier stye, each component is hand finished to exacting standards.   The Tourbillon Grand Sport is being built in a limited edition of just 12 pieces, and each is water-resistant to 100 meters. 

Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport

The Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport is equipped with a totally new caliber and tourbillon escapement.

Technical specifications of the Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport

Movement:

  •   Manual winding
  •   Diameter: 14’’’ (Ø 31.60 mm)
  •   Thickness: 5.57 mm
  •   Frequency: 3Hz (21600 vibrations/hour)
  •   Power reserve: 80 hours
  •   188 mechanical parts / 23 jewels
  •   Hours and minutes in the centre
  •   Small seconds at 6 o’clock on tourbillon frame pivot
  •   Tourbillon rotating cage visible through sapphire case back
  •   Horizontal satin brushed bridges with a ruthenium treatmentTOURBILLON FEATURES
  •   Tourbillon, opposite double balance spring
  •   “Swiss” lever escapement
  •   Balance at variable geometry, with screw
  •   Tourbillon frame carrier in peripheryTECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICSCase:
  •   Stainless steel
  •   Dimensions: 44 mm
  •   3 parts, middle, bezel and bottom hooked
  •   Sapphire bottom, tourbillon movement vision
  •   Water resistant at 100 meters
  •   Tinted sapphire glass
  •   Satin finishing on the sides and polished bezel
  •   Sporty bolts on the case backDial:
  •   Brown gradient with nickel opalin in the center
  •   Small second at 6 o’clock
  •   Indexes: 18K/750 210Pd white gold with orange superluminovaHands:
  •   18K/750 210Pd white gold
  •   Hours and minutes: ‘’Assegai-shaped’’ with orange superluminova
  •   Seconds : baton-typeStrap:
     Taupe, folding clasp Rubber strap

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