Only Watch is a major charity event for aficionados and collectors of fine watches, run each year under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. This year it will take place on November 7th 2015. Each year the exhibition and auction presents creations from 40 of the world’s most prestigious watch companies, including a model developed for this special occasion by .
This is the third consecutive year that Patek Philippe trained Laurent Ferrier has supported research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Only Watch 2015 has organized a travelling exhibition which will present the collection in Monaco, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York and London.
The auction will take place for the first time in Geneva, on November 7th. The sum raised during this evening is entirely destined for medical research.
Once again, Laurent Ferrier has created a one-off edition that should delight connoisseurs. This year he presents a 1930s inspired watch. The Galet Square is powered by the micro-rotor movement with “échappement naturel”, Galet Square features a two-tone silvered sector dial typical of the late 1930s and unique lugs specially created for the occasion.
The watch has an outer circle with a circular satin-brushed finish and a central zone with a vertical satin-brushed finish, creating a variety of shades and textures. A slender and delicately accentuated transferred circle featuring curved markers area nod to the brand’s drop-shaped hour-markers.
The small seconds echoes the central theme. The dial is reinforced by the “Only Watch 2015” inscription located traditionally for the word “Swiss”, while the “assegai-shaped” gold hours and minutes along with the baton-type seconds hand set the perfect finishing touches.
The Galet Square case echoes the characteristics of the original Galet; in truth it’s a square tending towards a cushion-type shape. The steel case is a perfectly balanced 41 x 41mm. The snap-on case-back means the movement is easily accessible by a watchmaker via the olivette. Its water resistance is guaranteed to a depth of 30 metres.
The watch is powered by the FBN Calibre 229.01 equipped with a unidirectional pawl-fitted micro-rotor with a guaranteed three-day power reserve. The FBN Calibre is the third exclusive in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. It comprises a silicone escapement with double direct impulse on the balance. This innovation gives two impulses to the balance per oscillation, a system requiring two escape-wheels and a specially designed lever, combined with the use of cutting-edge materials, it maximizes the resulting energy.
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