Two weeks ago we brought you details of the most precise chronometer ever certified by the Besançon Observatory since 2006, and it wasn't an outwardly flamboyant timepiece neither was it flashy. It was the classically understated, plain almost, Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic. Now it's back in the news with an ivory Grand Feu enamel dial and we are pleased to report to you - precision just got purer.
Grand Feu enamelling is one of the most traditional master dial-making crafts, created by using fine powders which are applied then fired using high temperatures resulting in a dial appearance of the utmost purity, it requires meticulous skillful attention to detail which is perfectly in keeping with the characteristics of the very special Galet Classic collection.
There is much to admire in the understated aesthetics of this watch, and equally so, much of its time-consuming craftsmanship is hidden from view - the tourbillon is viewable only through the exhibition caseback, placed so that its lubrication will remain unaffected by daylight - the ivory enamelled dial conceals an 18k gold underplate - the considered use of a long blade pawl mechanism instead of the more convenient modern lever spring is one which the wearer will never see, but perhaps will appreciate each time the piece requires winding.
Details which are visible and notable are the slender hand painted Roman Numerals and fine minute track, the recessed small seconds counter with its hand finished white gold rim, the eye-lash slim white gold flattened spearhead hour and minute hands - all framed by a superb 41mm red gold case.
Inside the Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Ivoire is the acclaimed chronometer-certified FBN 916.01 which has been developed, assembled and adjusted by the brand's Master Watchmakers and which when fully wound will produce a generous 80 hours of power reserve.
An indepth review of the Galet Classic - and did you know its creator has a heritage rich in motorsport? Find out more here.