Laurent Ferrier is an independent watchmaker offering their own interpretation of what it means to produce a fine luxury time piece with a brand distinction that makes the examples within their collections stand out above the others. The manufacturer has established an identity through the elegance of the round Galet cases but they’ve changed things up for the Laurent Ferrier Bridge One with its rectangular case. The watch deserves a thorough inspection and much closer look to truly appreciate its aesthetics and the care that has gone into the making of their latest release.
The case is uniquely shaped in a rectangular styling that accommodates the shape and size of the movement. It measures 44 mm in length and 30 mm in width with a thickness of 14.58 mm. The stainless steel lugs take a downward sloping which adds to the overall aesthetic, which is pleasing to the eye. The overall styling is comparable to the Vacheron Constantin and Patek Phillippe of the 1950s era. This makes it unique within the Laurent Ferrier lines which generally espouse the hallmark round Galet styling. It’s a departure and that is a good thing.
When you flip the watch over the case back also has a unique styling with a rectangular outline that features beveling to add an attractive framing for the window that shows off the inner workings of the movement beneath. A slightly beveled at the edges sapphire crystal protects the mechanics which are highlighted adding small stylistic details that really do matter in the overall scheme of things. The crown is extremely ornate from the side view in a lovely silver coloring with a deep ridging pattern that makes it easy to grip.
The Bridge one offers an optional grand feu enamel dial that lodges it distinctly within the category of dress watch. The background of the dial is a brilliant white that takes a minimalist approach with numerals for the hours markers at the 12 and 6 o clock positions and the indicators for the rest of the hours and minutes in an inky black which stand out nicely against the light backdrop. The name of the brand Laurent Ferrier Geneve is placed just below the 12 o clock indication with the confirmation Swiss Made resting just above the 6 o clock position. The hours and minutes hand are also presented in a matching inky black for a high degree of legibility. All of this is encased with a slightly raised sapphire crystal with unique beveling on the edges.
The movement used to power the Laurent Ferrier Bridge One is an all new creation that is called the caliber LF107.01. It’s a manually wound type that has been finished to a high standard which is in keeping with the established habits of the brand. The manually wound has a Swiss lever escapement which ticks at 21,600 vph. It offers an incredibly long power reserve of 80 hours. The watch is also waterproof up to 30 meters.
Pricing and availability
We’ve not yet been informed about the number of examples that the brand tends to release for this model and we’re assuming that the availability will be some time in the summer of 2019. As for the pricing, the Bridge One will make its debut with the white grand feu enamel that is minus the small seconds for a retail price of $42,000. Alongside this masterpiece, a variant will also be offered for the same watch with the exception that the dial will feature a grained grey coloring and it will also include a small seconds display along with a sector dial. White hours and minutes indicators are used in the second example which work better for legibility against the grey background of the dial. This example will be offered for $37,000. The difference in the price is because of the white grand feu enamel dial although it is minus a few of the features, we’re assuming that the aesthetic value of the more highly legible and slightly fancier version is the driver for the price increase. Either of the two watches are magnificent examples of diversity within the brand.