Marking the 12th anniversary of the Laurent Ferrier brand, the Swiss watch manufacturer is introducing a unique interpretation of the Grand Sport Tourbillon with a limited-edition Golden Brown series. This model, initially released in 2019, was inspired by the two founders’ shared love of motor racing. Its case is designed like a beautifully sleek car body, combining clean lines and generous curves with a high-performance engine: the LF619.01 tourbillon calibre with a double balance spring.
This new version of the Grand Sport Tourbillon presents an integrated case and bracelet made entirely of 5N red gold, as well as a sublime dial in graduated shades of chocolate brown. An unchanging, timeless and precious metal, 5N red gold gives this timepiece a noble and sophisticated look. Previously launched in two all-steel versions, each in a limited edition of 12 timepieces, where the brand is offering a version that is even more luxurious than its two predecessors.
This timepiece exudes the comforting golden colours of autumn, the warm hues of red gold drawing a sublime contrast with the enchanting chocolate-coloured dial. This interplay between gold and brown on the dial gives the piece an added touch of intrigue, a charisma that is both captivating and elegant. As with all Laurent Ferrier creations, the beauty of this exceptional timepiece resides in the smallest of details, where each element has been meticulously crafted to perfection. As a result, the highly exclusive Grand Sport Tourbillon Golden Brown is issued in a limited edition of just 24 timepieces.
The graduated dial presents a range of luxurious and delectable chocolate tones, moving from lighter in the centre to darker at the edges. Featuring 5N red-gold appliques and white Super-LumiNova, the dial has an opaline finish that gives the piece a soft and discreet appearance characteristic of the brand’s creations. As on previous versions as well as on the latest Sport Auto, the famous drop-shaped hour-markers as well as the Assegai-shaped hands – a LF signature – both in 5N red gold in this instance, have been enlarged to accommodate the white Super-LumiNova. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal, which gives the whole timepiece a rounded appearance when viewed from the side.
The structure of the Grand Sport case evokes the elegant, timeless curves of racing cars similar to those that Laurent used to drive. Crafted from 5N red gold, the Grand Sport Tourbillon Golden Brown seeks to be more sophisticated and elegant than other more traditional sport-chic timepieces. The Grand Sport Tourbillon Golden Brown weighs approximately 310 grammes and measures 44 mm in diameter, asserting a strong presence on the wrist. The unique design of its three-link 5N red-gold bracelet ensures a comfortable and secure fit.
The case of the Grand Sport Tourbillon consists mainly of satin-brushed components along with numerous mirror-polished parts. The cushion-shaped bezel, complete with a circular satin-brushed finish, features contrasting mirror-polished sides. Similarly, the middle-case, offering a new interpretation of the barrel shape, also plays with several finishes: vertical satin-brushed on the top, with a horizontal satin-brushed profile and contrasting mirror-polished sides. In line with the entire Laurent Ferrier collection, the case components all come together seamlessly.
The bracelet is made up of three-link rows with a vertical satin-brushed finish, while the central links are bevelled with contrasting mirror polish. It is these details that give the bracelet-case pairing its vibrant appeal.
The carriage holding this double-balance-spring tourbillon, visible through the sapphire crystal case back, is worthy of the most high-performance automobile engines. The complex mechanics of the tourbillon movement pay tribute to centuries-old expertise. While the Grand Sport Tourbillon Golden Brown appears contemporary, it continues to perpetuate the watchmaking traditions cherished by Laurent Ferrier.