This one-of-a-kind watch is equal parts a Laurent Ferrier and an Urwerk
Let's start with a breakdown.
Urwerk: Daring, avant-garde, nothing short of sci-fi and head scratching without a manual. Laurent Ferrier: Contemporary classism, super sleek, and the haute horlogerie equivalent of sharp suiting.
Now imagine the aesthetics of these chalk and cheese independent watchmakers meshed together. 'Clash of the titans' is probably the first thought in your head, but it's happening with a novelty named Arpal One that combines the unique know-how of each maison into one extraordinary, cutting-edge timepiece. Obviously, this coalition was meant for greater things, with the one-of-a-kind creation slated to take the Only Watch 2017 auction podium in aid of the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
So what does the best of both worlds look like? Streamlined to a T à la Laurent Ferrier, the Arpal One has an aerodynamic profile reminiscent of a supercar body — a design element that stems from the brand founder's love of cars. Crafted using an exclusive alloy called ARPAL+ (hence the name) sourced from Swiss metal specialist Cendres+Métaux, the sleek frame has a scratch and wear resistant factor higher than white gold or steel, plus its colour never fades or oxidises. Talk about neat.
And this shiny case leads nicely into the watch's Urwerk movement, tamed within a 40.9mm-sized space. Four hour satellites — each marked with three numerals and hinged upon a hidden carousel — rotate to the rhythm of a double turbine self-winding UR5.03 calibre, and is read off against a minute track running along the base. A cabochon winding crown finishes its striking appearance, accompanied by hand-stitched leather straps in a sophisticated sand colour. As quoted from Urwerk's artist, Martin Frei: "...The result is perfect equilibrium."
The Arpal One by Laurent Ferrier and Urwerk will go on auction on 11 November here.