Hands-On With The One Of A Kind Laurent Ferrier Galet Tourbillon Enamel Dial (With Original Pics And Price)

The Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral is a classically beautiful watch. Originally offered with either a white grand feu enamel or onyx dial, it has subsequently been presented with an ivory enamel dial, and also dark, slate grey

Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon piece unique in platinum

But all those dials, which are part of the regular production series, have Roman numerals. Several unique pieces have been made with Breguet numbers, and these are beautiful. Pictured here is one such unique piece, made for Singapore retailer The Hour Glass. This is in platinum, with a white grand feu enamel dial and applied grey gold Breguet numerals. 

But what makes this unusual is the enamelled subsidiary seconds dial, in an off white, silvery tone, with a guilloche base. It is a subtle detail, not extremely apparent at a glance, but visually striking.

This unique piece also has a specially decorated case back – the area around each of the five case back screws is hand engraved.

Inside is the same FBN 916.01 tourbillon calibre as found in the regular Galet Tourbillon. There isn’t much to say about this except that it is beautifully finished, impeccable. 

An especially delicious detail is the steel tourbillon bridge like those found in vintage observatory tourbillon pocket watches, which also provide inspiration for the calibre as a whole.

The movement has an appealing aesthetic, and also visual depth, because the shape and layout of the bridges is also well thought out.

Enjoy the rest of the photos. – SJX

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Introducing the Swatch Random Ghost, the return of the Jellyfish

The Swatch Jellyfish of 1983, a clear plastic watch with a handful of coloured movement components, is probably the most iconic Swatch watch ever. This year the Jellyfish returns as the Random Ghost.

Swatch Random Ghost SUOK111

Like its inspiration, the Random Ghost (ref. SUOK111) has a clear case and strap. Most of the 51 movement components are coloured, but selected at random for assembly, giving each watch a fairly unique look. The case is the New Gent size, which is 41 mm. The original Jellyfish in the Gent size was a mere 34 mm. Three other models are available, but with single colour themes, in silver, gold and black, respectively.

Swatch Black Ghost SUOK107
Swatch Gilt Ghost SUOK106

The retail price is SGD109, or about USD88. The Jellyfish was all the rage back in the heyday of Swatch as a fashion accessory for the masses. Though the brand has taken some steps to revive itself, Swatch brand isn’t quite as hip today (though a collection of vintage Swatch watches did sell for US$6.6 million last year). – SJX

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