Two days ago I shared Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Boreal in Stainless Steel for SIHH 2016 and received surprising amount of interest. Today, I want to share a grail-worthy addition to Laurent Ferrier’s growing Traveller series, the Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Globe Night Blue.
If Galet Traveller Boreal in Stainless Steel is the manufacture’s wallet friendly version (cough), the Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Globe Night Blue is their pièce de résistance. I think Laurent Ferrier’s press release describe best the complex champlevé enamel technique that goes into this watch.
The centre of this dial is adorned with a convex planisphere depicting the five continents in 18K white gold, surrounded by a blue enamel sea. Crafted using the age-old champlevé technique, the area destined to host the seas and oceans is hollowed out from the material before the enamel is applied. The difficulty of this exercise lies in performing this enamelling on a domed surface serving to reproduce the rotundity of the Earth and in highlighting the central five- continent motif. The edge of the continents slopes gently towards the coastlines, displaying various shades of blue.
The result is visually stunning and gives the dial astounding 3-dimensional quality. This beautiful piece along with the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Ref 15407 are my two favourites at SIHH 2016 thus far. For me, the only other watch model from Laurent Ferrier that stacks up to the Galet Traveller Globe Night Blue in term of desirability is the Galet Traveller World with Cloisonné Enamel released last year. While we don’t know the price for this beauty yet, the Galet Traveller World with Cloisonné Enamelcost a cool CHF 75,000. So I would imagine the Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Globe Night Blue to be in the same neighborhood price-wise.
Other key specification:
- 18K non-rhodium plated white gold
- 41mm Case Size and 13.7mm Thickness
- Domed sapphire front/back
- Movement: Self-winding Calibre LF230.01 comprised of 288 parts and 44 jewels and 80 hours power reserved
- Two push buttons at 10 o’clock and 8 o’clock adjust time at 9 o’clock window forward/backward
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