A semi-professional race car driver in his early life, Laurent Ferrier started his eponymous brand in 2010 to produce luxury watches in limited numbers of about 150 exclusive pieces annually. His designs are extremely clean and sophisticated in nature, and three, including the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral, the Galet Square, and the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece, have won awards at the Grand Prix de Haute Horlogerie de Genève event.
Laurent Ferrier grew up around watches, as his family’s apartment was above his father’s workshop. To get to his home, he had to walk past his father’s watchmaking bench. He is the third generation of watchmakers in the Ferrier family, and his son, Christian, who is a movement constructor, is the fourth generation.
Progressively, sustainably, Laurent Ferrier’s name is becoming established in the circle of independent Haute Horlogerie. The man embodies the brand; his timepieces embody his workshops, which result from a watchmaking career already spanning almost 40 years. Perfected over several decades, Laurent Ferrier’s holistic vision of watchmaking would profoundly mark his trajectory: that of a man who thinks ahead to production during the development process, foresees finishing in parallel with construction, and who devotes equal attention to aesthetic and technical considerations.
With the creation of his Maison in Vernier, Switzerland, in 2008, Laurent Ferrier fulfilled his horological dream: the kind of watchmaking that should never have ceased to exist, within which one takes the time to do things properly. There were still a great many challenges, but modern techniques, coupled with such a wealth of experience, made all the difference.
In 2010, Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Classic won the Best Men’s Watch award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. In 2015, Laurent Ferrier won again, this time the Galet Square won the Horological Revelation Award. And in 2018, he won again for the Men’s Complication prize.
Laurent Ferrier is an independent watch brand based in Geneva, Switzerland, owned by Laurent Ferrier.
Before he became a watchmaker, Laurent Ferrier was a race driver and was part of a team that finished third in the 24-Hour Le Mans race.