Ferrier Taps His Racing History
- Lauren Ferrier’s first sports watch, the Tourbillon Grand Sport, a throwback to luxury sports watches of the ‘70s, celebrates two important anniversaries. Ferrier was an avid racing enthusiast and competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times, coming in first in the two-liter prototype category in 1977. In 1979, he raced at Le Mans with fellow driver and industrialist Francois Servanin, finishing in the third position. The duo formed the Laurent Ferrier watch brand in 2010. The year 2019 is also the 10th anniversary of the conception of the brand’s first tourbillon. The watch has a unique stainless-steel case that falls somewhere between a cushion and a tonneau shape.
At a diameter of 44mm, it is fitted with a cushion-shaped bezel and retains the signature onion crown. A sapphire case back offers uninterrupted views of the tourbillon movement and the case is water resistant to 100 meters. The watch has a smoked taupe-colored dial and orange luminescent hands and indexes. The dial is protected by a spherical tinted sapphire crystal that provides a beautifully rounded profile when viewed from the side. The case is paired with a taupe-colored rubber strap with a new deployant buckle with three blades for additional ease. The watch is powered by a manual-winding movement that contains a tourbillon escapement. Fitted with a double balance spring, the tourbillon is visible through the caseback. The watch comes in a limited edition of 12 pieces and is priced at $185,000 .