This week, the Palexpo facility in Geneva, Switzerland, will become the center of the watch world for the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, a luxury watch show rivaled only by BaselWorld in relevance and prestige. We’ve got a team on the ground, there to bring you the most exciting releases. Follow our coverage here, and also be sure to check out Instagram. We’ll be posting to our feed throughout the week.
Movement: Manufacture calibre FBN 229.01
Case Diameter: 40mm or 41mm
Case Thickness: 10.7 or 11.1mm excl. crystal
Case Material: 18k white gold
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Unique Features: Ball-shaped crown in steel or 18k white gold; small-seconds subdial
Upshot: These gleaming time-only pieces are further examples of everything Laurent Ferrier does right; clean designs, impeccable finishing, distinctive material choices and their own special je ne sais quoi. Meant to be an expansion of existing offerings from LF, the new models stand out as notable statement pieces while fitting nicely into LF’s broader range. The Micro-Rotor watches aren’t quite as formal as the new Bridge One, perhaps, but none of these would be out of place worn with a suit or even a tuxedo.
Who It’s For: These watches are most likely aimed toward collectors and enthusiasts who would have bought a Micro Rotor from LF in the past, but felt hampered by available choices from the brand. As with other offerings from Laurent Ferrier, these pieces will certainly not be inexpensive, but if you have the means and the new Micro-Rotor is one of your dream watches, you’re getting something truly beautiful.
First Impressions: These Micro-Rotor pieces have a certain sportiness to them, which is refreshing. Though they’re time-only watches (with small-seconds subdials), the opaline dials are absolutely striking and the amount of negative space on the watch face makes for a very clean look overall. The three options for case design all have their own merits, likely to satisfy buyers seeking a formal piece, a sports watch or something in between.
Insight: With several case shapes, case materials (steel and white gold) and dial colors available (black and white), there’s enough on offer here to satisfy just about any customer seeking an elegant (albeit somewhat sporty) dress watch. Add in the impressive micro-rotor movement and a beautiful dial layout, and what you have is a very 21st-century take on elegance.