Laurent Ferrier have chosen to celebrate their 10th anniversary with the new Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Opaline. With this titanium everyday dress watch, this brand is looking to a more affordable price range and is returning to basics for its birthday.
Laurent Ferrier is a brand which, in only a decade, has won a lot of us over. Appealing to the high horology market, this company has offered a variety of watches formats in its time ranging from the sculptural Bridge and the technical Grand Sport to my personal favourite, the École, and its quietly elegant curves. To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Lauren Ferrier have chosen to produce a new edition of their first and most traditional piece: the Classic.
For a brand known for innovations such as the natural escapement as well as the production of such complications as the annual calendar, tourbillon and minute repeater, this latest watch takes a ‘back to basics’ philosophy.
Classic Origin Opaline
Nonetheless, it’s clear that Laurent Ferrier intended for this not to be an old-school dress watch but rather a companion for the modern wearer. In grade 5 titanium, this watch measures 40 mm in diameter by 10.7 mm thick. Whilst this may seem somewhat thick for a manually wound dress watch, one must remember the curved, sculptural form for which Laurent Ferrier is known. Similarly, at 40 mm across and with an extremely light case, the Classic Origin Opaline should be a joy to wear.
Aesthetically, this watch is as stunning as what is expected from Laurent Ferrier. As suggested by the lightweight case and dressed-down Barbialla calf leather strap, the design is rooted in casual design. The dial base is subtle, opaline silver whilst the outer hour ring with its burgundy printing is a darker, slate grey tone. The touch of burgundy is repeated on the stepped rim of the small seconds which also features a concentric pattern. A truly delightful addition is the minute track extension in burgundy to accommodate the small second sub-dial.
To top this watch off, the lance or assegai-shaped hands remain but are produced from 18K white gold as are the applied markers. Most importantly, the Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Opaline retains the well-balanced serif logo on the dial.
The Laurent Ferrier LF116.01 Movement
Internally, the Classic Origin Opaline features a brand new in-house movement: the manually-wound LF116.01. In most ways, this is a much more conventional movement than often seen from Laurent Ferrier. The microrotor, natural escapement and even the Geneva stripes are nowhere to be seen. Instead, the modern, minimalistic feel of the watch continues to the calibre powering it.
This is a beautiful demonstration of simple high horology watchmaking. The jewels are countersunk, the edges are exquisitely bevelled and the contrast between the microblasted, black rhodium finish of the movement plates and the golden gears, balance and mainspring is very well judged. The details are equally well done with a razor-shaped mainspring click, a complex-to-polish internal angle on the escape wheel cock and black polished screw-heads.
Technically speaking, this movement offers the Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Opaline an 80-hour power reserve and serious accuracy with a free-sprung balance and Breguet overcoil to ensure timekeeping in all 6 positions in which it is tested. Nonetheless, I cannot help but wonder how much more eye-catching this movement could have been if given the technical and aesthetic refinements for which Laurent Ferrier are known.
Whilst an undeniably simple watch, the Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Opaline seems a very good way to celebrate the brand’s first decade as well as an opportunity for a different market to access the watch due to its lower price than other offerings from the brand.
Availability: CHF 28,500
- Dimensions: 40 mm x 10.7 mm
- Material: Grade 5 Titanium
- Crystal: Domed Sapphire
- Display: Opaline Silver Dial with Burgundy Accents and a Slate Grey Outer Rim / 18K White Gold Hands and Markers / Small Seconds at 6 O’Clock
- Water Resistance: 30 m / 100 ft / 3 ATM
- Movement: In-House LF116.01: Time & Small Seconds / Manually Wound / Free-Sprung Balance / Breguet Overcoil Hairspring / 80-hour power reserve / 21 jewels / 3 Hz, 21,600 vph, 6 ticks-per-second