Le Baron 'Zoute Grand Prix edition', a tribute to speed
The screaming howl of V8 and V12 engines ripping up the refined air of the most fashionable seaside resort in Belgium: this is the spirit of the ‘Zoute Grand Prix.’ To host this unique meeting of the world’s most exclusive classic cars and modern dream machines, genteel Knokke is being re-engineered as a proper racing circuit with its own rally, a prestigious auction and a Concours d’Elégance.
For the second year an official partner in this prestigious event, Lebeau-Courally created once again an exclusive chronometer watch in homage to the heroes of the Grand Prix adventure. Inspired by a classic sportscar, the polished steel case and cream-coloured dials evoke the rev counters and dials on a dashboard. The light brown ‘belt’ in alligator leather completes the vintage, yet exclusive look.
When observing this masterpiece closely, Le Baron ‘Zoute Grand Prix – Limited Edition’ has another secret reference to the world of classic cars to share. The transparent base reveals the ‘engine’ of the watch, a moving rotor shaped like a semi-circular steering wheel.
The self-winding mechanism is the apogee of precision and reliability with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and an accuracy of 1/8 of a second. To top off its champion status, a crown of 25 rubies – visible through the transparant base – give this Grand Prix master the grandeur it deserves.
Le Baron ‘Zoute Grand Prix – Limited Edition’ comes in an exclusive presentation box crafted by the Parisian designer Elie Bleu. Opening the box triggers the same sensation as opening the door of a classic car. What you’ll find inside makes you want to take it out and handle it, take it for a run and experience the unique thrill of precision engineering.
- Technical details
- Chronometer + Tachymeter
- Watch case in polished steel – 43 mm Ø
- Mechanism: automatic LC 7750
- Thickness: 7.90 mm
- Frequency: 28,800 v/h
- 25 rubies
- Dial: cream-coloured
- Power reserve: 42h
- Water resistance: 5 bar
- Strap: brown alligator, hand-sewn
- Box: wood and leather
This year, the Zoute Grand Prix takes place from October 8 until October 11.
Allies in excellence, Lebeau-Courally and Rolls-Royce Wraith
”There’s a sense of effortless grace and elegance, but at the same time something more contemporary and daring,”, says Rolls-Royce Director of Design Giles Taylor about the new Wraith model. The Rolls-Royce Wraith is undoubtedly a car that will astonish everyone who has the honour to see it and the privilege to drive it.
The boldness in design and the refinement in engineering and finishing of this car have raised the bar in bespoke car manufacturing once again. In the same way as Lebeau-Courally has always cherished the shared philosophy of excellence in watch making and manufacturing bespoke hunting guns, it has brought Lebeau-Courally and Rolls-Royce together in a series of unique events.
Both luxury brands will collaborate in hosting a select audience at a few remarkable appearances in the weeks and months to come. During these rare events, guests will be able to become acquainted with Rolls-Royce’s dramatic Wraith model and Lebeau-Courally’s bespoke Le Comte watch model.
Both brands have enjoyed each other’s company at similar events and will probably work closely together in the future for jointly hosted shows and presentations.
A chronograph inspired by the art of speed
In the spirit of crossovers and the fusion between different arts, crafts and skills, Lebeau-Courally embraces its partnership with the Phoenix Audi R8- racing team, of Enzo Ide and Anthony Kumpen. This duo made an impressive debut on the Belgian race tracks and participated in the Blancpain Endurance Series and FIA GT series earlier this year.Discover more »
This partnership has inspired Lebeau-Courally to create Le Baron DLC, a functional chronograph that embodies the excitement of speed. With its black watch face with white contrasting hands and dial, black ”diamond-like carbon” treated case and black rubber strap, this watch exudes the spirit of victory on the racetrack. The red start/stop button at 2 o’clock invites the wearer to trip the chronograph and challenge speed. Le Baron DLC is a remarkable tribute to the racing track. It’s made for those who celebrate the speed of life.
Lebeau-Courally and the Queen Elisabeth Competition, a partnership for virtuosity
Since 2013, Lebeau-Courally has been Official Partner of one of the world’s most prestigious classical music competitions. The Queen Elisabeth Competition – endorsed by the Belgian Royal Family – is a unique competition founded in 1957 and fully devoted to virtuosity. It stimulates young talent to bring out the best in classical music performances. Today, the competition’s acclaim is universal and attracts the world’s greatest upcoming musical talents.Discover more »
Lebeau-Courally is proud of its partnership with a leading musical competition of such rare quality and prestige. It embodies the Maison’s mission to safeguard rare and unique Arts and Mastercrafts and create mutually inspirational fusions between different disciplines that push them forward. Interpreting classical pieces that demand complete control over emotion and technique demonstrates the highest degrees of virtuosity, and is in many ways related to creating watches that combine arts and crafts with rare complications.
The 2013 competition, devoted to the piano, was won by Boris Giltburg. This Israeli virtuoso convinced the jury with his authentic interpretations of concertos and sonatas by Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Petrossian. Born into a family of pianists, Boris Giltburg was first coached by his mother and later became a pupil of Arie Vardi. From 2001 to 2007, he studied at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. Since his impressive debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007, he has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2010 and with other leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. He is a winner of the Santander (2002), Lisbon (1st Prize in 2003), and Tel Aviv (Rubinstein, 2nd Prize in 2011) international competitions.
Lebeau-Courally presented the winner with a unique Dauphin time keeping piece, a timeless watch that unites classic beauty with elegance and technical excellence. A tribute to virtuosity.
Lebeau-Courally is looking forward to the 2014 edition of the Queen Elisabeth Competition from 14 to 31 May, with the Award Ceremony due to be held on 3 June. The 2014 edition will be devoted to singing.