Best of the Best 2013: Men’s Watches: Dress Watch: Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor

On first viewing the elegant and sober lines of Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Micro-Rotor, one might be tempted to classify this timepiece as yet another rendition of the archetypal men’s dress watch. Nevertheless, while the watch will comfortably sit under even the most elegant shirt cuffs, its true beauty lies with the horologic innovation found inside the case. The Galet Micro-Rotor ($47,450 for rose gold; $49,070 for white gold) features a timekeeping element governed by a unique escapement: a double impulse configuration inspired by the natural escapement that Abraham-Louis Breguet developed in the late 18th century. Made from silicon and nickel-phosphorus using the latest photolithography manufacturing techniques, Laurent Ferrier’s version is intended to optimize energy efficiency, allowing for a healthy 80-hour power reserve driven by the svelte microrotor. Here, imaginative watchmaking and elegant proportions not only combine in a single design, but also facilitate each other. (+41.22.346.6406, www.laurentferrier.ch)