Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport On The Wrist review.

Jun 09, 2019,01:01 AM
 


Announced a few weeks ago, I was impatient to discover this new opus from Laurent Ferrier. Could you imagine that one day, Laurent Ferrier could release such a watch? 

Why not, after all? 

At first sight, this Tourbillon Grand sport disorients the Laurent Ferrier Aficionado who is more used to classic designs with round, cushion or rectangular shapes. 

Here we dive right into the Seventies, with a case which makes you think to some Genta Creations, such as the Patek Nautilus, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and Jorg Hysek's opus, the Vacheron 222, all watches which started the trend of luxury and sporty time keepers. 

The Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport can be seen as a dign heir of this lineage. 

The Tourbillon Grand Sport is, first of all, a blend of different shapes for the case and bezel, which is much more complex than its famous predecessors. Indeed, the case is slightly tonneau shaped, while the bezel has a clear cushion silhouette, with thinner angles than sides. This blend of proportions and shapes give an interesting and original allure to the watch. 


The integrated lugs are also typical from these watches of the Seventies. Some will like, others won't. 

A nod to classicism: The crown, which is very classic in such a... How to call it? Slightly funky environment? An intriguing mismatch, or another addition of styles? I will let the reader make it own opinion on that detail. 


The case is 44 mm big. Yes, it is a big watch, but if you can try it, you will feel that it is, in the reality, a tad smaller, wearing like a 41 / 42 mm watch. 

The dial is another important part of the watch. The indices and hands are made of gold, filled with some colored luminova. The color of the lumina is somewhere between dark yellow and orange. Why the choice of this color? Certainly another link to the Seventies, rather than a faux patina which would not make sense in such a creation. Well played, I must say. 

You will notice the double crosshairs on the main dial and th sub dial, enhancing the fact that this watch is a chronometer, submitted to the Besançon Observatory. 

A striking detail is the color of the dial, which is very special, a kind of smoked taupe. This is indeed something you won't see elsewhere, except, maybe in some heavily patinated Royal Oak 5402.


I really like this color. 

Now some words on the movement. I will say it straight, it is superb, but does it have its place in a sports watch? 





The level of decoration and finishings is excellent, which is something you could or should expect from a Laurent Ferrier creation: Superb bevels, a sublime tourbillon bridge and treatment for the jewels and screws, contrasting with the eye catching ruthenium bridges which make this movement look like a concept watch, and an exquisite one.


This high end movement justifies the price of such a watch, in my opinion, even if, at this level, the concurrence is strong ( see Girard Perregaux Tourbillon With Gold Bridges, for example ). 


This movement is manual winding, beats at 21, 600 vibrations per hour, it is made of 188 parts and 23 jewels, and offers a power reserve of 80 hours. 

It is quite generously sized, with a diameter of 31, 60 mm but not too thick ( 5, 57 mm ).


The strap, made of rubber, is matching with the dial, and contribute to the comfort, once on the wrist. 


Another wrist shot. 


As to give  conclusion to this on the wrist review, I would say that it is an awesome creation but I would have preferred a simpler version, without tourbillon, or with a GMT complication, and a more affordable one. 

Now, on the other side, why not pushing the limits, the borders of a sports watch in such an elitist way? Having a nice swim in a lake or in the sea with this watch on the wrist, would certainly be such a chic experience, with no fear as it is water resistant to 100 meters.

I have no doubt that this micro edition of 12 pieces will find its adepts.

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts, 

Best. 

Nicolas


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Thanks the the review

 
 By: foversta : June 9th, 2019-01:37
I will write one later. The biggest achievement about this piece is that it looks very Laurent Ferrier despite the new context. I read a lot of comments about it, the Nautilus inspiration and so on. I don't agree. It features the Galet Square shape. And i... 

+1 [nt]

 
 By: centurionone : June 9th, 2019-04:12

It reminds me other ones?

 
 By: tick28800 : June 9th, 2019-01:57
Yes it does, but as foversta said above you can clearly tell thi is a LF watch. They did a good job translating their specifics to the '70 look. About the movement: ok this is a "sports" watch but I don't see someone really using this to go swimming or pl... 

In my respectful opinion

 
 By: Incandenza : June 9th, 2019-02:01
The problem with this watch is the case design. I like the dial and the movement (although I prefer the Geneva stripes on the original variant, which are finer IMHO). But the case design does not work. The case appears lopsided on the wrist. The bezel is ... 

Please note that I didn't adjusted the strap length correctly, as I didn't have the time to do that. As for the case, I must admit that when I saw the press release, I was dubitative.

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-02:57
In the reality, it is different. You have to take the time to play with it, a bit, and to examine the watch under different angles. It is much better. The relation with watches from the 70's is obvious. Funky design. It won't be a consensual watch. But I ... 

Thanks for your detailed reply!

 
 By: Incandenza : June 9th, 2019-03:20
I will suspend judgment until trying it on. I am sure there will be a lower priced version (probably in white gold without tourbillon) in due course, so I will certainly have an opportunity to consider it. -Ryan

Me too! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-02:57

+1 [nt]

 
 By: BMR : June 9th, 2019-07:20

Thanks for the report.

 
 By: M4 : June 9th, 2019-03:33
Well done. This one's not my cup of tea but still I hope it's a harbinger of other sport watches to come from the brand. Thanks again. M4

Thanks for the writing

 
 By: Mark : June 9th, 2019-03:59
At first glance, nothing about this makes sense to me, from the colour of the lume (which does look like faux patina) to the crown design. But the more I think about it, I can't think of what I would change and how I could change it, other than the case s... 

I agree with you, but as someone already said probably I would wait for a non tourbillon version, more accessible...

 
 By: mywrongwrist : June 9th, 2019-05:27
.... still some doubts on the case, but since I will never ever be so lucky to handle it, I believe that for a fraction of money I will stay more than happy with my PP Aquanaut Crono... which could be a nice (sorry more than nice) option va this LF marvel...  

I totally agree with you, but you have to take into account also the retail price... at this point I prefer spending 1/4 and having the Aquanaut than 200€k and the LF...

 
 By: mywrongwrist : June 9th, 2019-12:00
.... which it would be a mess putting on your wrist (at least mine) being afraid to ruin it given the cost You know, I’m Italian, from Liguria, we are known for taking particular care of things which cost a lot, meaning that most of the time we do not buy... 

Thank you for the written and visual review

 
 By: emcquillan : June 9th, 2019-07:05
I's very daring, but looks like a hit. Like you I will dream for a time only mortal version. May I ask, what is the water resistance? Best,

Thank you [nt]

 
 By: emcquillan : June 9th, 2019-11:18

Superb review Nico 👍

 
 By: Mike H : June 9th, 2019-08:44
I believe you have summed up the situation perfectly : it is not a consensual watch and it might require some time (and wrist time) to understand it but the more you know it the more you like it. Apart from the aesthetics issue which is quite relative and... 

I love this...

 
 By: mdg : June 9th, 2019-10:03
...have always loved cushion-style watches. It’s a bit too big for me and I can’t afford it, but I truly admire the ‘F-U’ attitude of building something like this : ) Btw, the dial color, from the photos, looks amazing. I hope this same color will be made... 

Great review and excellent pics my friend .

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : June 9th, 2019-10:22
Hope i will get the chance to try one at some point but like you i would love to see one without a tourb and a lower price . Without any doubt this is a great watch

Nicolas, this is the kind of article that sets you apart.

 
 By: MichaelC : June 11th, 2019-10:05
I always appreciate your genuine feelings and impressions. I agree with your words on this one, as best as I can tell from the photos. Thank you my Friend.