There’s real excitement around Laurent Ferrier at the moment, as the independent brand continues to evolve and grow while maintaining its trademark balance of classically inspired, contemporary aesthetics.
The latest watch to get the brand’s blue treatment is the Classic Origin Blue. While we’ve seen blue in other models, the new shade used here is bolder and stronger, with a very subtle gradation that moves from light to dark. The tone of the dial is matched by the dial details, with graphic lines inspired by the Annual Calendar and with a printed hour track in a subtle gray. At the center of it all sit the famous Assegai-shaped hands.
The case, a true classic form, is 40mm of highly polished grade 5 titanium and shares the same lines and contours as Laurent Ferrier’s first design, the Classic Tourbillon. And speaking of mechanisms, if you can tear your eyes away from that mysterious blue, you’ll see the manually wound LF116.01 through the sapphire caseback, with a screw balance and Breguet-style overcoil. While this caliber might not be as complicated as some of the brand’s other offerings, the dedication to fine finishing is still there, with microbeaded bridges, black rhodium finish and hand-polished edges.
The strap — nubuck leather with an alcantara lining — is midnight blue to match the dial, and all told, this watch feels every inch the modern classic, in blue.
Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Blue
Movement: Manual winding caliber LF116.01; 80 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Case: 40mm x 11.1mm; grade 5 titanium; water resistant to 30m
Strap: Midnight blue nubuck leather with alcantara lining and titanium pin buckle