9th of June 1979, on the Sarthe circuit, at Le Mans. Laurent Ferrier and co-founder François Servanin raced in a Porsche 935 Turbo, after 24 hours of racing, 292 laps, 3,988.254 kilometres covered, a top speed of 312 km/h, 24 pit stops, Laurent, François and teammate Trisconi, finally made it across the finish line in 3rd place, just behind a certain Paul Newman. A remarkable achievement for three amateur drivers! Now 40 years later Laurent Ferrier launches its racing-inspired timepiece the Sport Auto.
The exterior of the Sport Auto is a refined interplay of firm and rounded curves enlivened by a few counter-curves outlining a bodywork with a perfectly balanced design. The domed sapphire dominates the watch while giving it an irresistible curve to the touch. The latter offers a bird's-eye view of a dial bringing together all the LAURENT FERRIER aesthetic codes. Its different shades of blue, combined with its opaline finish, gives it a soft and powdery line.
Model: SPORT AUTO Functions: Hours, minutes in the centre, small second at 6 o’clock Material: Grade 5 titanium Caseback: Sapphire case back, visible movement Glass: Domed sapphire crystal Dimensions: 41.5 mm Dial: Gradient shades of blue with an opaline finish Lume: Yes Caliber: LF270.01 Self-winding movement, Frequency: 4Hz (28,800 vph) Power Reserve: 72 Hours Water Resistance: 12 ATM Bracelet/Strap: Integrated bracelet in grade 5 titanium, Grade 5 titanium folding clasp Manufactured: Switzerland
What a story and history. A racing-inspired watch from a watchmaker who was an actual racer driver! Competing in the world-famous Le Mans 24 hour race and finishing an impressive 3rd! Welcome to the Sport Auto, a retro-styled case in grade 5 titanium with a matching bracelet. A stunning Opaline blue dial. Flip it over and through the sapphire case back you can see the fine watchmaking Laurent Ferrier is known for an in-house calibre with beautiful finishing, a perfect engine for the Sport Auto!