An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

Thread: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Watchuseek Editor
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    1,983

    An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    Name:  Christian_Lautenschlager_at_the_1914_French_Grand_Prix_.jpg
Views: 570
Size:  44.5 KB

    July 4th 1914, tensions ran high. Archduke Franz Ferdinand had been assassinated in Sarajevo just a few days earlier. It was to be the catalyst to the greatest war the world has ever known. But on July 4th at what turned out to be the last French Grand Prix before the Great War, at a time when owning a car, let alone having the means to be able to race one was reserved for the wealthy, a relatively unknown German driver, machinist Christian Lautenschlager, entered the race.

    A huge crowd of over 300,000 had assembled in Lyon to cheer on the contenders. Hardly surprisingly, Lautenschlager was dismissed as nothing more than an enthusiastic amateur by professional racers such as Georges Boillet, who had won the race on the previous seven occasions, but as the race progressed to everyone’s amazement, it was the moustached Lautenschlager who took the flag.

    Boillot had retained the lead for 12 laps before problems with his quickly wearing tyres dashed any hope of victory. Unfortunately for Boillot complications with his tyres required eights stops - each stop requiring a change, and this was long before the days of split second tyre changes that we see at today’s Formula 1 Grand Prix races. These costly delays allowed the amateur Christian Lautenschlager to pass Boillot. Boillot eventually dropped out after lap 12 - the final lap.

    Although the race gave Lautenschlager notoriety throughout Europe and he raced occasionally after the war, he never again enjoyed such success. He continued to work as a machinist for Daimler for his entire career and died at age 76 in a suburb of Stuttgart in 1954.

    The Grand Prix 1914 series from the Korloff Voyageur Collection celebrates the undaunting spirit of Christian Lautenschlager to challenge and overcome the odds. The timepieces for this series are influenced by the 1914 4.5 litre Mercedes Benz driven by Christian and the latest Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT racing coupe; from the vintage dials of the 1914 Benz to the carbon fibre in the SLS AMG.

    Grand Prix Versions

    There are three versions of the limited edition chronograph watches.

    Name:  001-3.jpg
Views: 723
Size:  165.2 KB


    Grand Prix 001 carries the signature Voyageur Collection case that features two sides. Its 45mm 316L stainless steel case presents one side with a chronograph with hours, minutes, seconds, date and tachymeter. Turning the timepiece over reveals its formal vintage two time zone dials and piereced heart to reveal its engineering. In all the Grand Prix is powered by 3 Swiss Made movements and produced in a limited and serialised production.

    Name:  002-1.jpg
Views: 682
Size:  276.8 KB


    Grand Prix 002 in the signature Voyageur Collection case features two sides that integrate carbon fibre. Its 45mm 316L stainless steel case presents one side with a chronograph with hours, minutes, seconds, date, tachymeter and telemeter. Turning the timepiece over reveals its equally aggresive two time zone dial. Grand Prix 002 is powered by 3 Swiss Made movements and produced in a limited and serialised production.

    Name:  003-1.jpg
Views: 677
Size:  288.1 KB


    Grand Prix 003 in the signature double-sided Voyageur Collection case is crafted in DLC 316L black stainless steel. The result is a timepiece that will not lose its black finish to extensive wear and polishing. Functions for Grand Prix 003 include a chronograph with hours, minutes, seconds, date, tachymeter, and telemeter. The opposing dial features two time zones highlighted in carbon fibre dial. Grand Prix 003 is powered by 3 Swiss Made movements and produced in a limited and serialised production.



    Every Grand Prix series timepiece comes with a handmade Italian leather messenger bag for men. Within the messenger bag is found a micro travel case to easily protect and carry the timepieces on one journey to the next, with a certificate of authenticity card, USB key with exclusive materials, and a carrying tote to protect the entire gift set.






    TECHNICAL DETAILS


    Case 001 and 002 Editions: 316L stainless steel case with five layers anti-reflective
    sapphire crystal.
    003 Edition: 316L matte black stainless steel chromium case
    Movement 001 Edition: ETA 7750 Automatic chrono valjioux for chronograph face
    ETA 901.001 x 2 movement for two time zone formal face.
    002 and 003 Editions: ETA 901.001 x 3 movements for each dial.
    Function Chronograph face features tachymeter, hours, minutes, seconds and date.
    Formal face features two time zones featuring hours and minutes with
    exhibition dial.
    Dial Chronograph face on black carbon fibre dial with Arabic numbers,
    racer red accents and super luminova treated hands.
    Formal face on pierced heart Cote de Geneve treated dial with Grand
    Prix 1914 stylized Mercedes Benz stylized dash.
    Size 45mm
    Strap Dual material water treated strap. Double-stitched crocodile on black rubber
    to compliment each face. Rubber for chrono and croco for formal face.
    Buckle Patented 316L stainless steel/chromium rotating buckle.
    Water Resistance 5 ATM
    Authenticity Swiss Made, Limited Production

    001 Edition - $7,340.00
    002 Edition - $4,150.00
    003 Edition - $4,452.00

    Visit the Korloff Paris Grand Prix minisite
    Last edited by Michael Weare; June 20th, 2014 at 08:47.

  2. #2
    Member Ace McLoud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Sydney, NSW
    Posts
    2,558

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    They look exectly like the type of watches he would have worn.

  3. #3
    Member RejZoR's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Europe/Slovenia
    Posts
    2,347

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    A 7k watch with 7750 movement. Is it just me or someone is a bit mental here? That's like charging 500 bucks for a can of sardines.
    Quartz: Bulova Accutron II 96B213 | Casio Baby-G BGA-301-1AER | Casio G-Shock GW-M5610BC-1ER | Casio Futurist LA-201W-2A2 & LA-201W-1B | Casio Oceanus OCW-S100-1AJF | Citizen Titanium BM7170-53L | Phosphor Appear MD013G & MD012G | Seiko Spirit E-Ink SBPA001
    Mechanical: Fossil Boyfriend ME3069 | Orient M-Force Red Beast EL06001H | Orient Mako CEM65001B | Orient Mako XL CEM75004B |
    Seiko 5 SNXS77 | Seiko Baby Snow Monster SRP481K1 | Seiko Baby GrandSeiko SARB035 | Sea-Gull M182SK Red | Steinhart Ocean One Black Ceramic | Swatch Sistem Irony Tux | Seiko 5 SSA327K1

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Lehi, Utah, United States
    Posts
    1

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    Quote Originally Posted by RejZoR View Post
    A 7k watch with 7750 movement. Is it just me or someone is a bit mental here? That's like charging 500 bucks for a can of sardines.
    Actually, the Valjoux 7150 is a movement that is relied upon and "modified" by decoration for IWC and originally used by Zenith in the El Primero. It a highly regarded movement used specifically for chronographs. The 7750 is considered one of the most successful and accurate movements of all time and due to its accuracy and robustness it can also be COSC certified as a chronometer.

    Breitling is another, for example, that sends numerous models with the 7750 for COSC certification.

    Some of the features that are worth noting include:




    The initial 7750 movement used 17 jewels, but current versions of the 7750 have 24 or 25. It has been supplied at both 21,600 or 28,800 beats per hour, though the latter is much more common.


    Description:
    Automatic chronograph
    Escapement: stone lever
    Yoke winding system
    Stop mechanism: Cam switching
    Glucydur balance wheel
    Nivaflex mainspring
    Incabloc shock protection

    Functions:

    Hours, minutes
    Small seconds at the 9
    1/8-seconds counter, 30-minutes counter, 12-hours counter
    Rapid calendar advance
    Hacking seconds
    Complications: 12-hours counter, day: quickset date feature

    Data:

    13¼ lignes
    D 30.0 mm, H 7.9 mm
    25 jewels
    28,800 A/h
    Power reserve 44h

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    2,574

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    At least it's better value than what some other brands charging for a 7750. With this watch, not only do you get a 7750, u get two extra ETA quartz costing $18.95 each

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    San Jose, California-USA
    Posts
    31,251

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    I'll pass, with a chuckle.

  7. #7
    Member veracruz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    322

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Weare View Post
    Name:  002-1.jpg
Views: 682
Size:  276.8 KB
    What's with the changing date? Are they just incredibly lazy - these are official promo photos, right? - or has it become cool/trendy to do that?

    Also, they've managed to engineer most of the things I hate about watches into a single product, which is quite a feat and one I'd possibly honour with purchasing the watch if it retailed closer to what it's actually worth.
    Last edited by veracruz; June 21st, 2014 at 09:44.

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Posts
    1

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    I saw the Grand Prix 001 at their boutique in Dubai yesterday. Beautifully executed and exceptional travel timepiece. The pictures do not do it justice nor do they really show that it is actually two timepieces in one case. One side has its chronograph. Turn it over and the other side shows a formal face showing the heart of the chronograph movement with two time zones. Newest timepiece added to the collection.

  9. #9
    Member Nokie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    19,812

    Re: An historic race, an unlikely champion: Korloff Limited Edition Grand Prix series

    It is interesting for sure, but I too will pass.
    "Either he's dead or my watch has stopped"
    Groucho Marx

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •