Movement : Manually Wound Caliber LC-450
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : Circa. 2023
Case Size : 39mm
Case Thickness : 14mm
Lug to Lug : 46.5mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Unworn
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : Manufacturer's Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch
Here we have an unworn 2023 Lebois & Co Heritage Chronograph Manual 324.442 with a curvaceous polished and brushed 39mm stainless steel case that curves over your wrist with thick tapered lugs, inspired by their 1940s sector chronograph and developed through their community of collectors and enthusiasts called CoLAB. Brushed and polished surfaces transition with crisp lines, and a lug-to-lug length of 46.5mm and a case thickness of 14mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. Down the right side, we have the chronograph pushers and a signed crown with deep knurling for extra grip. A bevel-edged smooth polished bezel holds a domed sapphire crystal AR coated on the inside, above an attractive two-tone silver sector bicompax dial. An outer blue Tachymeter surrounds a finely printed minute track, black-printed Arabic numerals and batons mark the hours, at 3 o’clock a recessed silver 30-minute register and at 9 o’clock a silver small seconds register, each with concentric circular pattern creating interest and dimension to the dial, elegant blued leaf hands are complemented by a tapered blue chronograph hand. At 12 o’clock we have the “Chronographe” Lebois & Co motif and at 6 o’clock “Antimagnetique” completes this vintage-inspired bicompax chronograph. On the reverse a screw-down exhibition case back showcasing a manually wound caliber LC-450, 24 jewels, beating at 28,800 beats per hour, column-wheel chronograph beautifully decorated with blued screws, Côtes de Genève and perlage, the movement is produced by Swiss Manufacture La Joux-Perret S.A. in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It received certification from the new Geneva-based TIMELAB’s - Observatoire Chronométrique (OC+) certification, which is a more comprehensive set of testing compared to the more popular used COSC Certification. The watch comes paired with a 20mm quick-release vintage-style suede strap with a signed pin buckle, and the watch comes with its Lebois & Co presentation box, swing tags, swing bar removable tool and paperwork.
My first modern Lebois & Co and I have to say I am insanely impressed, especially for the asking price and even more so for our price! The finishing is excellent, the movement is beautiful and the combination of heritage design and modern interpretation of that design has worked out perfectly. I wouldn't hesitate on this if you are in the market for a beautifully built heritage inspired chronograph!
Lebois & Co was founded in 1934 by Raymond Dodane who was a third generation of a watchmaking family. Based in Besançon, France where they designed and manufactured the watches. In 1940 an Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni gifted a number of chronographs to Swiss Air Force pilots, after the war the company was bought by Italian importers who used Dodane and other Swiss manufacturers to manufacture their watches. Sadly as a result of the Quartz revolution, they closed the business in 1972. Fortunately, in 2014 Tom Van Wylick and his wife Eveline came across a picture of an attractive chronograph in a Christie’s auction catalogue, after doing some research they approached the Dodane family with an idea of resurrecting the brand, and the family was only too happy for this to happen and with the help of 150 investors Lebois & Co was refunded. Avantgarde Date watch was offered through Kickstarter and was highly successful reaching 126% of its funding, the following year saw the second batch relaunch of the Avantgarde and in 2018 a third batch relaunch each more successful than the last, it was decided to offer investors and collectors the change to own shares raising 500,000 Euros. In 2016 a new brand logo was created incorporating the shield from the Van Wylick coats of arms which dates back to 1550. In 2020 they acquired the rights for Airain after talking with the French owner's Dodane family. Now the two brands live under Compagnie des Montres Lebois & Cie just as it was in 1934. In 2021 Lebois & Co’s Heritage Chronograph was a re-issue of their 1940s chronograph, drawing help from their community of watch collectors and enthusiasts called CoLAB, it has received certification from the new Geneva-based TIMELAB’s - Observatoire Chronométrique (OC+) certification, which is a more comprehensive set of testing compared to the more popular used COSC Certification.