ith its Assegai hands, drop-shaped indices, and elegant powdery-grey hour track, as well as the case’s perfect combination of straight and curved lines and the abundance of exceptional finishes on the movement, the Classic Origin truly represents the quintessence of Laurent Ferrier.
Initially developed to pay tribute to all the aesthetic codes created by Mr Laurent Ferrier himself in 2010, the Classic Origin has succeeded in becoming an icon of the LF collection.
Blue is not only the designer’s favourite colour, but Laurent considers it to be essential in any watch collection. After the Classic Micro-Rotor, the Classic Traveller, the Square Micro-Rotor, the École Annual Calendar, the Grand Sport Tourbillon and the recent Sport Auto, it seemed self-evident to adorn the Classic Origin with a deep blue dial.
The carefully selected intensity of blue on this new dial, along with the graphic lines borrowed from the Annual Calendar, give this latest reference a very modern and dynamic feel, similar to the previous Classic Origin Opaline and Classic Origin Green. This new, stronger shade of blue is a breath of fresh air for the entire Laurent Ferrier collection.
The opaline dial presents a gradation of blues that transition from a lighter shade in the centre to deepest blue around the periphery. The discreet powdery-grey hour track is punctuated by sky-blue numerals. The composition is finished off with a powdery-grey centre cross and four of the brand’s iconic drop-shaped indices. A snailed seconds counter at 6 o’clock features subtle sky-blue markers. Sweeping over the dial are LF’s famous Assegai-shaped hour and minute hands, in 18-carat white gold.
This intense blue dial sits within the brand’s timeless Classic case. The Grade 5 titanium 40 mm diameter case features the same harmonious contours as the very first Laurent Ferrier creation, the Classic Tourbillon. It also features the same emblematic ball-shaped crown whose gracious architecture is inspired by 19th-century pocket watches. Its original proportions and plump shape make winding a true pleasure.
The manual-winding Calibre LF116.01 has been crafted with the greatest refinement. Visible through the sapphire case back, it incorporates a screw balance and Breguet-type overcoil balance-spring. This combination enhances precision and mitigates positional timekeeping errors while improving isochronism. The brand’s famous long-blade ratchet system is another highlight of the movement. This polished, hand-crafted ratchet is emblematic of the Laurent Ferrier brand, offering an inimitable sound during winding that is characteristic of the most demanding watches. When the Classic Origin Blue is perfectly wound, it can operate independently for 80 hours thanks to its excellent power reserve.
While the Calibre LF116.01 may be more minimalist than some of the brand’s complication movements, it offers the same high-end finishes as every other Laurent Ferrier creation. The bridges are microbeaded, with black rhodium finish and entirely hand-polished edges. Each screw-head is mirror polished and the escapement bridge is adorned with a hand-made interior angle, reflecting the workshop’s meticulous attention to detail.
Movement: Manual-winding calibre LF116.01 • Swiss anchor escapement • Screw balance • Display: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock • Movement diameter: 31.60 mm • Thickness: 4.35 mm • Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vph) • Power reserve: 80 hours • Number of components: 150 • Number of jewels: 21 • Microbead finish with black rhodium treatment
Case: Grade 5 titanium • Water-resistant up to 30 m • Ball-shaped crown in Grade 5 titanium • Case diameter: 40 mm • Case thickness: 11.10 mm
Dial: Blue gradient opaline with powdery-grey hour track and sky-blue numerals • Drop-shaped indices, 18k white gold • Snailed small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock
Hands: Hours and minutes: Assegai-shaped in 18k white gold • Seconds: baton-shaped in 18k white gold
Strap: Midnight-blue Nubuck leather with tone-on-tone Alcantara lining • Pin buckle in Grade 5 titanium