Laurent Ferrier, a tiny boutique brand whose output is in the very low hundreds of watches, has an influence that is vastly disproportionate to its size. The svelte, clean design and precision-conscious movement of its Galet Micro-Rotor ($48,500) established an early reference for collectors looking for something new. While the watch essentially only reads the time, its purity, simplicity, and utility are compelling. The knowledge that the piece contains a unique direct impulse escapement evokes the satisfaction of owning something horologically significant, which is the
feeling many collectors have been looking for all along.
Laurent Ferrier, +41.22.346.6406, www.laurentferrier.ch