Our Story

A long-term vision

A watchmaker in heart and mind, I nurtured a long cherished dream: to lend a face to my own values. This was far more  than a mere intention, but an authentic aspiration for someone like me who had spent most of my career in the field of name in full on a “Grand Feu” enamel dial.

As the son and grandson of watchmakers, I always dreamt of perpetuating the exceptional nature of swiss horology. Respect for tradition does not prevent innovation. You will discover in each of our exclusive creations, with perfectly pure and balanced design inspired by centuries of history, the entire universe of finely crafted and technically avant-garde mechanism.

Each of our developments, from conception through assembly, is made in our geneva workshops. I trust that you will appreciate this approach to fine watchmaking and that through these pages you will discover the passion that continuously drives us forward in the quest for excellence, performance, and renewed challenges.

“I nurtured a dream of making watches that represent my horological values: simplicity, precision and pure, uncluttered beauty”

Laurent Ferrier

“School-piece” watch made by Laurent Ferrier during his watchmaker’s training, 1968

Laurent Ferrier

Laurent Ferrier timepieces pay tribute to a refined neo-classical style while reflecting mechanical perfection.

These exceptional creations are destined to find their way through changing eras while losing nothing of their timeliness and their beauty.

Laurent Ferrier has succeeded in developing an elegance of style that escapes the reach of time, while giving a distinctive character to each timepiece thanks to a harmonious array of details. Here too, everything is a matter of balance.

Inspired by a rich watchmaking past, as well as by the creative art and industrial design, the Laurent Ferrier collection asserts pure, restrained lines that will remain enduringly current, since time has no hold on perfection.

once upon
a time,
two passionate
racing
drivers…

…who decided
after their 3rd
place at the
Le Mans
24 hours race
in 1979

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TO PURSUE THEIR MECHANICAL
ADVENTURE, IN HAUTE HORLOGERIE

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Motor Racing

In the 1970s, Laurent Ferrier was diverted from watch calibres by his love for roaring engines and gleaming bodywork. And when the perfectionist mind of a watchmaker meets the automobile world, results are sure to follow! He drove racing cars on some of the most prestigious tracks and took part seven times in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race – taking first place in the  2-litre prototype category in 1977. That was where he met François Servanin, an industrialist and racing driver himself.

Their shared passion for mechanics and speed cemented their friendship, and in 1979 they came 3rd in the overall rankings of the Le Mans 24 Hours at the wheel of a Porsche 935T from the Kremer racing team. A performance all the more remarkable in that their competitors were professional F1 drivers! This competitive spirit was to lead them to the Laurent Ferrier watchmaking venture that began in 2008.

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2010 Geneva
Watchmaking
Grand Prix

The Galet Classic won the Best Men’s Watch award at the 2010 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. A jury of internationally recognized experts, journalists and collectors was won over by the innovative concept of its finely crafted proprietary tourbillon movement featuring a double balance spring, allied with the classicism of its design.

This was the first time such a young company was honoured for a first creation. This prestigious distinction, held under the patronage of the City and Canton of Geneva, opened up promising prospects for LAURENT FERRIER and propelled it firmly into watchmaking’s big league.

 

 

2015 Geneva
Watchmaking
Grand Prix

We are really proud to have been awarded the GPHG “Horological Revelation” Prize consecrating a watch designed by a young and new brand. This award for the Galet Square crystallizes all our efforts over those last 5 years and is a strong motivation to commit further to excellence and creativity, which have always been our main drivers when developing Laurent Ferrier brand. With the same state of mind and spurred by this recent distinction, we are now impatient and excited to cross new frontiers in the classic Haute Horlogerie world.

Laurent Ferrier has devoted particular attention to the aesthetic harmony of the Galet Square model, as if one were holding a pebble in one’s hand.

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The Team

Laurent Ferrier today

 

 

 

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Laurent Ferrier & CEO Vanessa Monestel 

 

Vanessa Monestel – CEO

After graduating from the Toulouse Business School and Paris Dauphine University, where in 1996 she was awarded a pre-doctoral diploma in Marketing and Strategy, Vanessa Monestel began her professional career in consulting.

She spent ten years working with international clients in retail and consumer goods. In 2007–2008 she took a MBA at IMD Business School in Lausanne. Since then she has held a number of operational positions with independent haute horlogerie companies.

Vanessa Monestel joined Laurent Ferrier, the creative classic brand created in 2010 by the eponymous watchmaker, in August 2013. She was hired as development manager and was promoted to CEO a year later.

 

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Christian Ferrier – Movement Constructor

Born in Geneva in 1976, Christian Ferrier is perpetuating
the family tradition. Representing the fourth generation
of watchmakers, he embodies the long-term vision of
Laurent Ferrier. After taking watchmaking training the field of micromechanics, he began his career in the aerospace industry. He honed his skills by making watch movements for a well-known manufacturer, and subsequently in the workshops of the Fabrique du Temps. When his father, Laurent Ferrier, decided to create a watch bearing his name, he quite naturally decided to lend his support.

 

 

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Watchmaking arts

Craftsmanship

  • The Watchmaker

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    The watchmaker gives life to the movement. He assembles hundreds of components to create the “engine” of the watch.

  • The Dial-maker

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    The dial is the face of the watch. It displays both its personality and its functions. It must be harmonious, readable and pay tribute to the movement beating within.

  • The Beveller

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    Appraising the perfection of a timepiece does not only involve taking into account the complexity and technical reliability of a movement, but also its level of finishings

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