Geneva, March 22, 2018.
“Sold!” On November 11, 2017 the auctioneer’s hammer at Christie’s, Geneva, sealed the fate of the Arpal 1 watch. This unique object, designed and developed by the LAURENT FERRIER and URWERK watchmaking firms, gained considerable press attention among the lots at the Only Watch 2017 charity auction. The results of almost a year of teamwork were thus dispersed and the profits allocated to research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy — a degenerative disease. “It’s a moment that we had been waiting for,” says Laurent Ferrier founder of the eponymous watch company, “because a truly great understanding grew out of our joint venture. Felix Baumgartner, Martin Frei and I spent a lot of time together talking about finishes, visions, and generally pushing the project forward. The day of the sale marked the end of the story, but we didn’t want it to end there. So after a quick discussion and exchange of views, we were all agreed for a lap of honour.”
LAURENT FERRIER x URWERK – final edition of four watches
Calibre: UR5.03, selfwinding movement
Balance frequency: 28,800v/h – 4Hz
Power reserve: 48 hours
Materials: Satellite hours on maltese crosses of beryllium bronze; orbiting structures in PEEK; carousel and triple baseplate in ARCAP.
Finishes: Circular grained baseplate, sanded satellites, satin-finished carousel. Chamfered screw heads.
Wandering hours and minutes. Numerals and markers painted with SuperLuminova
LAURENT FERRIER case
Material: Titanium. Sandblasted and shot-peened. Sapphire-crystal glass
Dimensions: Length: 60.8mm, width: 40.9mm, height: 20.7mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Pressure tested to 30m/3ATM