Monday, February 15, 2016

LAURENT FERRIER – Galet Traveller GLOBE Night Blue















LAURENT FERRIERGalet Traveller GLOBE Night Blue White Gold NEW

It is the culmination of a determined endeavour: in 2016, Laurent Ferrier reveals the full measure
of its expertise and mastery of visual aesthetics in its new Galet Traveller Globe Night Blue, with
an interpretation of the Earth seen by night. The model is graced with a three-dimensional dial
marrying gold and champlevé enamel.


he Galet Traveller was presented in 2013. A contemporary timepiece intended for globetrotters,
it offers a new version of the dual-time display. Thanks to keen attention devoted to details and to
balance, as well as to achieving the pleasing proportions and refined curves characterising the
Laurent Ferrier spirit, the model combines perfect legibility with the traditional principles of  haute
horlogerie.

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In 2016, the Galet Traveller collection welcomes a new three-dimensional model: the Galet
Traveller Globe Night Blue
, in reference to the new dial specially designed for this timepiece.

The centre of this dial is adorned with a convex planisphere depicting the five continents in 18K
white gold, surrounded by a blue enamel sea. Crafted using the age-old  champlevé technique,
the area destined to host the seas and oceans is hollowed out from the material before the
enamel is applied. The difficulty of this exercise lies in performing this enamelling on a domed
surface serving to reproduce the rotundity of the Earth and in highlighting the central five-
continent motif. The edge of the continents slopes gently towards the coastlines, displaying
various shades of blue.

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The three-dimensional effect is reinforced by several aesthetic details. The emerged territories are
painted and the world’s cities seen by night are depicted by gold leaf-adorned dots further
enhancing the contrast with the oceans. Hand-finished with a circular satin-brushed decoration,
the outer gold ring dips towards the central sphere, thereby accentuating the illusion of a raised
globe literally balanced on top of the dial.

The unique aesthetic of the model is heightened by the drop-shaped hour-markers whose tips
extend beyond the ring, giving the impression that they are literally suspended in the void.

A  DESIGN COMBINING TECH NICAL EXPERTISE AND  LEGIBILITY

The Galet Traveller Globe Night Blue was developed in such a way as to combine practicality with
an overall balance of the timepiece, thus ensuring readability and performance in all
circumstances.

Two perfectly symmetrical oblong pushers delicately integrated into the left-hand side of the case
serve to adjust the local time indicated by the central hand. When passing from one time zone to
another, this central hours hand may be moved forward or backwards in one-hour increments by
successive presses. The upper pusher moves the hand one hour forwards, while the lower one
moves it backwards, all without affecting the minutes hand.

In addition to this fast adjustment of local time, the date appearing through an aperture at 3
o’clock automatically jumps when the hand passes midnight, thereby adjusting without any
separate intervention to the transitions between different time zones. Meanwhile, the 9 o’clock
aperture keeps track of the reference time (home time). The 24-hour display provides a natural
distinction between daytime and nighttime hours

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A TRIED AND TESTED MOV EMENT

The Galet Traveller Globe is powered by self-winding LF Calibre 230.01, incorporating the dual-
time adjustment mechanism as well as the date. It features a system of unidirectional automatic
winding via a pawl-fitted micro-rotor, backed by a double direct-impulse  échappement naturel .
This escapement is distinguished by the fact that the balance receives two direct impulses for
each oscillation, thereby guaranteeing excellent efficiency matched by an 80-hour power reserve.

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CLASSIC AND REFINED  FINISHING

The decoration and finishing are performed in keeping with the spirit of Haute Horlogerie,
combining extreme dexterity with artisan-style expertise. The sapphire crystal case-back of the
Galet Traveller Globe enables one to admire the exquisite refinement of this craftsmanship. In
addition to the Côtes de Genève décor on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate,
the sides are manually chamfered and the screw heads are polished. The hand chamfering is
particularly visible in the finesse of the interior angles, highlighting the authentic respect for the
watchmaking art consistently cultivated by Laurent Ferrier.

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Technical Characteristics

Model: Galet Traveller GLOBE – Night Blue
Reference: LCF012/G

Movement:
  • Self-winding Calibre LF230.01 chronometer-certified by Besançon Observatory
  • Off-centred micro-rotor in 18K solid gold with pawl-fitted unidirectional winding, fixed between the mainplate and the bridge of the micro-rotor and equipped with a “silent bloc” shock-absorbing system
  • Natural escapement with double direct-impulse directly on the balance.
  • Silicon pallet-lever with self-lubricating properties, escape-wheels in a phosphorous nickel alloy, produced according to LIGA technology.
  • Indications: hours, minutes, date at 3 o’clock home time/reference time at 9 o’clock(small seconds at 6 o’clock).
  • Correctors: crown for winding and time-setting and, on the left side of the case, two
    push-buttons (+) and (-) respectively positioned at 10 and 8 o’clock, to adjust the time
    hour per hour with automatic date correction.
  • Stop-seconds function
  • Diameter: 14’’’ ( Ø 31.60 mm)
  • Thickness: 5,80 mm
  • Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour)
  • Power reserve: 80 hours
  • 288 parts
  • 44 jewels
  • Reference LCF0012.G1.NGE08
Aesthetic characteristics
Case:
•    18K non-rhodium plated white gold
•    Three parts: case middle, bezel and snap-on case-back
•    Size: Ø 41 mm (49 mm including the lugs)
•    Thickness: of the material 10 mm / including the sapphire crystal 13.70 mm 
•    Domed sapphire crystals, front and back
•    Water-resistant to 30 metres
•    “Ball-shaped” crown in 18K white gold

Dial:
In 18K gold, spherical centre in translucent blue champlevé enamel with a circular satin-brushed sloping blue rim
  • Drop-shaped hour-markers in 18K white gold
  • Bevelled date window at 3 o’clock
  • Dual time-zone aperture at 9 o’clock
Hands:
•    18K white gold gold
•    Hours and minutes: “assegai-shaped”
Strap:

•    Hand-sewn blue  alligator leather, Alcantara lining
•    16 mm pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp, in 18K/750 210Pd white gold

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Laurent Ferrier SA
Ms­­ Jessica­­ Gasser
Route de Saint Julien 150
1228­­ Plan Les Ouates
Switzerland

Telephone+41 22 716 33 87
Telefax+41 22 341 64 08
Contact : PR@LAURENTFERRIER.CH
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