A different take
This Swiss Watch Maker’s Newest Release Has Us Falling for an Obscure New Material
Movement: In-house LF230.02
Case Diameter: 41mm
Case Thickness: 10mm excl. crystal
Case Material: 18k white gold
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Unique Features: Dual-time aperture at 9:00; corrector pushers at 10:00 & 8:00 to adjust dual-time display by hour; opaline dial
Upshot: This new piece from high-end watchmaker Laurent Ferrier features a sporty 41mm case in 18k white gold, which packs an offset micro-rotor to power a unique take on the dual-time complication. A dual-time or GMT watch in and of itself may not be such a rare thing, but the way it’s presented here is compelling, and it speaks to the wealth of design knowledge and ingenuity at LF (the window at 3 o’clock shows the date at home, while the one at 9 o’clock displays a secondary reference time). The availability of both black and white opaline dials will increase the appeal to a wider audience.
Who It’s For: Simply put, the Galet Traveller is for a wandering soul for whom money is not object. Watches from Laurent Ferrier are made and finished to a level that sets them apart from even the very best timepieces you’ll see, and they come with a price tag to match their inherent quality. That being said, you’re getting a white-gold chronometer watch that’s both distinctive and unarguably beautiful.
First Take: LF went with opaline (a kind of milky, semi-opaque glass) for the dial rather than enamel, which gives this watch a special depth that plays with light and sets off the other dial components really nicely. An enamel dial can be quite striking, but again, this is something slightly different; like the new Bridge One, this piece showcases LF’s playfulness and creativity as a brand. The sub-seconds dial adds a further level of elegance to a design that’s already firmly rooted in classic motifs (albeit with its own modern touches).
Insight: While the casual observer could glance right over a watch this simple and clean, the eye of any enthusiast is likely to linger and notice the sheer fineness of detail and care taken with the watch — detail and care that, in the end, make all the difference.