Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lebois& Co Avantgarde Date - 2nd Re-launch Edition

Lebois& Co, the traditional Swiss watch brand once owned by the legendary Dodane family of watchmakers, made a comeback in 2015 by re-launching through online crowd funding platform Kickstarter.

This year, Lebois& Co is introducing the 2nd Re-launch Edition of its first model Avantgarde Date. Just like the first edition, only 100 pieces will be made. Each piece is individually numbered and the numbers are available for customers to choose from.
The Avantgarde Date is the first model in the collection of the re-born Lebois& Co. Inspired by former Lebois& Co collections and using some of the aesthetics of that era, the Avantgarde Date is a modern 40mm timepiece in stainless steel and a Swiss mechanical automatic movement made by ETA.
To celebrate rebirth of Lebois& Co the team created 3 Re-launch variations of the Avantgarde Date, each limited to 100 pieces. The second of the three variations features a sapphire blue dial and blue alligator strap (ref 112.422) and will be available as a reward in their Kickstarter project.
Lebois& Co was founded in 1934 by French watch manufacturer Raymond Dodane. He belonged to the third generation of the famous Dodane family, who are best known for their watches using the family name on the dial. The company was sold to an Italian import company in 1947. The watches were still being produced in the Dodane factory and by some Swiss manufacturers, and sold (mainly to Italy).
In 1972 Lebois& Co ceased production and the brand disappeared from the watch industry landscape for a long time. Despite the disappearance of Lebois& Co the brand is still known today and popular with watch collectors all over the world. In 2012 a beautiful 1945 Lebois& Co Chronograph sold for over $ 6,000 at Christie’s Important Watches auction.

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leboisandco/avantgarde-date-watch-continuing-our-re-launch

Technical details
Model: Avantgarde Date - 2nd Re-launch Edition
Edition: Limited to 100 pieces
Reference number: 112.422

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10,5 mm
Sapphire crystal
Case-back, screwed down, special "Re-launch" engraving
Water-resistant to 100 m / 10ATM

Movement
Movement Swiss ETA 2824-2 Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: twenty-five (25)
Power reserve: 38 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Dial
Sapphire blue dial
Applied indexes
Silver hour and minute hands with luminescent material
Red seconds hand
Arabic numerals for the minute track

Strap
Genuine Louisiana Alligator (blue)
NATO strap and strap change tool

Price details (on Kickstarter)
975 Euros

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