“Charmed” best describes the reaction that greeted Laurent Ferrier’s wristwatch called the Montre Ecole, or “School Piece”. It represented the watchmaker’s earliest development, returning to the basic pieces which forged his abilities as a watchmaker. It also possessed the qualities that would make it a “watchmaker’s watch,” minimalist yet complete. It was a watch that would speak to horologists who have been there, learning the basics – one they would love to wear themselves. What will surprise those who thought it may have been a cul de sac, a standalone expression of respect and nostalgia for the roots of his education is that the Montre Ecole has evolved into precisely what any instructor would hope for such a timepiece: a platform that invited further projects. For the second model to use the School Piece case, Mr. Ferrier has turned to the layout that isn t merely familiar to watchmakers. It is one that also represents

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