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Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport On The Wrist review.

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-01:01

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

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 it contains a lot of details from Laurent Ferrier's aesthetic approach.

An intriguing piece which could become (or not) the first of a catalogue line.

Fx


I agree with everything foversta says (which may be a verst :) [nt]

 
 By: hashluck : June 9th, 2019-02:12
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Thanks for your feedback, Hashluck. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-02:48
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A complex case shape you have to digest a bit. Thanks for your feedback, Fx. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-02:48
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+1 [nt]

 
 By: centurionone : June 9th, 2019-04:12
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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 playing tennig (there's RM for that winkwink ), so I would lie to have a watch with a prominent LF movement and this one is stunning. I just find strange they opted for a "futuristic" design that contrasts with the '70s look. Before reading I looked at the pics and the horizontal cut of the bridges reminded me of the "three bridges" at first sight, then I found your reference in the aricle for other watches in the same category: I think this is not a coincidence.
As you pointed out maybe they will create a simpler time only/GMT version, and for smaller wrists.

Thanks for reading and commenting, tick28800. I hope we'll see something more affordable in the years to come. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-02:50
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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 not well proportioned to the main body of the case. And the case is too large, as the photos in your review demonstrate.

However, you have produced an excellent and fair review. Your m photos of the dial are much more appealing than the press renderings.

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 like the re interpretation of the Seventies design. A case apart ( if you allow me to say so ) from the icons of the segment.
Thanks for your comments, my friend. Try it on, and come back to us. I really think this is the kind of watch you have to see in the reality before any final judgement.
Best,
Nicolas

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

I'm waiting for a simplerer (without a tourbi) and smaller one. [nt]

 
 By: aris d : June 9th, 2019-02:45
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Me too! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-02:57
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+1 [nt]

 
 By: BMR : June 9th, 2019-07:20
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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

Who knows? We'll see, my friend. Thanks for sharing your opinion. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-03:47
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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 size (I would have preferred 38mm).
All I know is that if I would ever sell off my Patek, Rolex and Seiko and to have this LF as a one-watch, it's something where I could see myself picking it up and wearing it every day without thought or complaint.
It's a slow burn, this one...

That's the point. And as for the size, try it, you will see that it is not that big. When they told me that it was 44 mm big, I had to make them repeat. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-04:14
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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
Best
Luca

PS: orange strap coming in few days/weeks for a truly summer version...











Ciao, Amico. Not sure the movement of this Patek can compete with this Laurent Ferrier, in terms of finishings... ;) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-05:52
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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 it, and in case we left them in the safe
Ciao
Luca

Yes, but in this case the Rolex Daytona 116500 is even better than the Patek Aquanaut Chronograph, and you will have to spend only 1/4 of the Aquanaut! ;) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-13:47
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Again I have to agree with you, but honestly I prefer, price and bubble aside, the Aquanaut... and I’m not a show-off guy... ciao Luca [nt]

 
 By: mywrongwrist : June 11th, 2019-08:30
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Grazie, Luca. Thanks for sharing your opinion, amico. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2019-08:51
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I agree with you, without the tourbillon and more affordable is a better choice for a sport watch. [nt]

 
 By: Watchlover78 : June 9th, 2019-05:11
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I am curious to see what Laurent Ferrier will do. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-05:52
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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,

Thanks, my friend. Water resistance is 100 meters. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 9th, 2019-08:44
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Thank you [nt]

 
 By: emcquillan : June 9th, 2019-11:18
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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 personal, the key point is the concept of this watch: a sport or sporty watch with a tourbillon !?!?  We did not discuss much this point and I believe it is crucial :  while a tourbillon is usually relatively fragile, this particular one isn’t due to its specific construction. Not only the construction of the cage is superb but also it is light and strong (as in the other Galet Double Spiral Tourbillon range) and the Double Spiral itself is the main thing: the two spirals movements compensate each other in terms of force instead of pulling the axis always in the same direction. This original architecture of the Tourbillon makes it less fragile and this is why also it can make sense to have it in this Grand Sport. Surely to associate a Tourbillon to its first sporty watch tells a lot about the positioning of the Laurent Ferrier brand: it is a high end positioning and it was probably a strategic approach to start with this one in the sporty range if others come one day...
Nico your pics are absolutely superb and give really justice to its beauty. The ones of the ruthenium finished movement are really stunning 👍. 


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