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By Will Grice | September 10 2018
Reference LCF.030, the newest School Piece from Laurent Ferrier, is sublimely simple and elegant in its appearance, which belies its incredibly complicated movement. The watch houses the new manual-winding caliber LF707.01, based on a movement by La Fabrique du Temps, that has a balance screw and Swiss-lever escapement. In addition to hours and minutes, the watch features a small seconds indication at 6 o’clock and a minute repeater that strikes the time with two small steel hammers on differently tuned gongs. Resolutely modern, yet timelessly classic, the Galet Minute Repeater School Piece has a chime that lasts a full 17 seconds for the longer indications, with perfectly modulated spacing of the hours, quarters and minutes chimes. The dial is crafted in 18K 6N rose gold with a vertical satin-brushed finish, but the case is made of stainless steel to enhance the sound. Just five pieces will be made in the next two years.