Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lebeau-Courally Micro II

Lebeau-Courally presents second series of its “Manufacture” collection – the Micro II. This new movement, wholly designed, manufactured, and assembled in-house at Le Locle, is fitted with a micro-rotor. It has already been used in four limited editions engraved in Liège, the beating heart of Lebeau-Courally. The new, manufacture caliber is also being made available to third-party firms.

In 2012, Lebeau-Courally was bought out by the Ide family from Belgium, thereby becoming wholly independent. Three years later, in 2015, the family also acquired the IMH manufacture in Le Locle. In 2016, Lebeau-Courally unveiled its first all in-house movement, the Moon Phase. And now, in March 2017, Lebeau- Courally is unveiling its latest 100%-manufacture development – the Micro II.
Beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and equipped with a three day power reserve (Appx 72 hours), the movement – only 30 mm in diameter and a mere 3.1 mm thick – displays the hours and minutes in the centre, with a small seconds display at 9 o’clock. Initially, it will be used in four limited editions totalling 45 pieces in all: two series in red gold and two in steel, each available in engraved and non-engraved options.

The engraving will be carried out in Liège, the world capital of precision engraving, at Lebeau-Courally’s headquarters. The timepieces themselves will be designed, built, assembled, and tested in Le Locle, thus easily exceeding the minimum legal requirements to qualify as Swiss Made. The first Micro II collections will be available in September 2017. The basic movement is also available to third-party brands, and is already being marketed and delivered.

The Micro-Rotor is the next step in the fusion of the master crafts that lie embedded in Lebeau-Courally’s DNA. It combines state-of-the-art skills: those of the Lebeau-Courally watch manufacture in Le Locle, and those at the workshop in Liège, home to centuries of expertise in the creation, on commission, of exclusive hunting arms for art collectors and connoisseurs.

Built around a new automatic caliber that facilitates the creation of ultra-slim, elegant, Swiss Made watches, the Micro-Rotor features new aesthetics and a bespoke personality created by the master engravers in the Liège ateliers, together with ultimate watch performance.

Technical details

Movement
Power reserve: 72 hours
Automatic winding
28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Pointing 20.5
28 jewels
Number of components: 166

Models
Steel Case 42 MM
Anthracite dial with Arabic numerals
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, steel clasp
Suggested retail price: 8,500 CHF (all taxes included)

Red Gold Case 42MM
Anthracite dial with Arabic numerals
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, red gold clasp
Suggested retail price: 19,000 CHF (all taxes included)

Engraved - Steel Case 42MM
Part-openwork anthracite dial with Arabic numerals, acanthus pattern hand engraving by the Lebeau-Courally master crafts manufacture in Liège
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, steel clasp
Suggested retail price: 11,500 CHF (all taxes included)

Engraved - Red Gold Case 42 MM
Part-openwork anthracite dial with Arabic numerals, acanthus pattern hand engraving by the Lebeau-Courally master crafts manufacture in Liège
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, red gold clasp
Suggested retail price: 22,000 CHF (all taxes included)

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