Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport is part of a new collection, launched on 6th of May 2019. The Tourbillon grand sport celebrates two important milestones for the brand’s owners: 40 years since they participated in the famous 24 hours Le Mans race and 10 years since the conception of the brand’s first tourbillon. To celebrate properly, the brand launched this sports watch featuring a beautiful tourbillon. This hides on the back of the watch.
Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport
A sports watch with tourbillon? But why and how? – You might ask… We live with the impression that the tourbillons are that desired but fragile complication. But times have changed. Now the technology permits the creation of more robust components. Your dear tourbillon included. Plus, Richard Mille did it. Moser & Cie did it. TAG Heuer as well, Hublot etc. By now, the public must be used to the idea of a sports tourbillon. Maybe the fact that a sports watch comes from Laurent Ferrier is confusing.
A friendship founded on the track (excerpt from the official press release)
Laurent Ferrier is best known today as a master independent watchmaker, but rewind 40 years to the 1970s and his name was more likely to be seen on the roster of some of the most prestigious motor races. He competed in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times, coming first in the two-litre prototype category in 1977.
It was during this period that he met a fellow driver and industrialist François Servanin. The two men shared a passion for both speed and mechanics which cemented their friendship and in 1979 they raced together behind the wheel of a Porsche 935T from the Kramer racing team, coming an overall third in the competition. Their performance was all the more remarkable considering that many of their competitors were professional Formula 1 drivers.
The two gentlemen’s love for mechanics never waned, leading them to form the Laurent Ferrier watch brand in 2009. Today they remember the beginning of their friendship and motor racing adventures with this brand-new limited edition Tourbillon Grand Sport that captures the spirit of 1970s motor racing.
Expect the unexpected…
I was lucky to see the watch before its official launch. The photographed piece is a prototype. Unfortunately, the images do no justice to this timepiece. As usual, I will add, at the end of the article the images, including the official ones from the press release.
The 44 mm steel case is a composition of shapes and finishes with some delicate details. Even if this is a sports watch, the Tourbillon Grand Sport has the delicacy and the nice details of the more classical piece of Laurent Ferrier.
The shape reminds me of the Galet Square, it is somehow familiar. But now, the square cushion-shaped bezel tops a slight tonneau shaped body. The bezel features a brushed top and a mirror polished edge. The body includes a crown protection. It is nicely integrated into the case design. I find the polished chamfering graceful. The way it surrounds the lugs and grows at the middle of the case – charming. The overall brushing suits well the sporty watch.
The Tourbillon Grand Sport is fitted with a rubber strap and a folding clasp. The wear is comfortable. It looks well on the wrist. I am a bit unfamiliar with this choice of colours. Looks good tough…
The dial has an unusual set of colours. The brown gradient with nickel opaline in the centre is adorned with orange accents on the indexes and hands. This combination is rarely used, if never. If someone will tell me about this combo, I will tend to say that is an unhappy solution. Seeing it on the Tourbillon Grand Sport, I find it captivating. The low light, change the watch’s appearance dramatically, in a good way, of course. But hard to demonstrate without a #watchesunderthetable shot.
Particular attention was given to the indexes and to the hands. The applied hour indexes are manufactured in white gold and filled with Superluminova. The edges are bevelled.
The gold hours and minutes’ hands have an ‘’Assegai-shape’’ and are filled with orange Superluminova. Similar with alpha-shaped hands, but much more rounded. The finishes on these elements are lovely.
The minutes’ chapter ring and the small seconds’ track, as well as the brand’s logo, are printed in a light grey. The name of the watch is also printed on the lower side in darker grey ink. A charming combination.
Despite the orange accents that reveal the sporty note of the watch, the dial is rather elegant.
By turning the watch, you are introduced in the wonderful world of Laurent Ferrier construction and finishes. The hand-wound calibre features a gorgeous tourbillon with double balance spring.
Of course, the calibre is designed and produced in the brand’s workshops.
The calibre construction is inspired by the major 19th-century chronometry models with their manual-winding system featuring a long-blade-type ratchet pawl system distinguished by the delicate mechanical clicking sound emitted during winding. The movement has been given a horizontal satin-brushed finish with a ruthenium touch for a sportier allure and has been finished with extreme care, as evidenced by the manual decoration on the tourbillon carriage bridge. The design of the bridges is inspired by pocket-watches and the decoration is executed in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions, including 30 hand-crafted interior angles. – Excerpt from the official press release.
… and prepare to be amazed!
Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport is a great timepiece. Regardless of sporty or not, depending on which detail you focus your attention, the watch is well constructed and exceptional decorated. The combinations of a classical movement construction with modern elements, elegance and sportiveness, found a good host in this watch. Intrigued at first by the colour thematic, it started to grow on me. I am captivated by the idea of turning a front well-behaved watch to the back and see the horological beast that hides inside. Definitively not a watch for show-offs.