If Aston’s DB4 Zagato in british racing green could be crystallized in watch form, this would be it. Laurent Ferrier himself has quite the background in motorsport, having raced seven times at the Le Mans 24. How many competitive Le Mans legends do you know that are also trained in watchmaking by Patek Philippe? The answer should be one. The man, the legend, Laurent Ferrier. He has innovated in mechanics and design since branching out with his own house in 2009. We’ve been treated to series of continually more irresistible, classically gorgeous watches since. This opaline origin green 1 of 30 Classic models is no exception.
While LF’s more complicated and more purposeful designs are also impressive, nothing feels quite so effortless as the Classic. It seemlessly blends the highest-end manufacture techniques of haute-horology with an ultimately simplistic design. This model actually reminds me of the Saxonia or SBGW235 in some respects, where pairing back complication allows the quality of fishing and manufacture to shine through.
More than either of the previously mentioned models, however, this rounded case is instantly recognizable. If someone who truly knows watches spots an LF from a distance, there is no mistaking it. And that’s quite an accomplishment for such a recent brand. This model is manually wound with an 80 hour reserve, accomplished with a 21600 vph 21-jewel beauty. This green dial is a part of the Atelier collection, a limited release of 30 pieces. The best design detail, for me, are the yellow accented petite seconds and chapter. A perfect detail amongst many.
This example is unblemished, mechanically perfect. Safe queen would be an appropriate moniker. It comes on Mr. Watchley’s nubuck strap with a full set.
Find this Origin Green Classic here from Mr. Watchley on offer at 33850 EUR.