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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
 

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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.
 

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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:


  • Conventional integrated center-mounted automatic winding in one direction (unlike the barrel-wound Chronomatic)
  • Cam-controlled chronograph functions using a "heart piece" (unlike the more complex column or pillar wheel style)
  • Simple three-plate brass base (rather than complex bridges)
    • Calendar plate with modular components
    • Main plate with off-center center wheel, hacking lever, and simple bent-spring ratchet
    • Top plate with additional winding bridge
  • Etachron regulator and balance spring stud

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
 

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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 :-d
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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It is interesting for sure, but I too will pass.
 
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