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Lebeau-Courally - Meet the Micro II: the brand’s second in-house movement

Lebeau-Courally Meet the Micro II: the brand’s second in-house movement

The second calibre to be developed, produced and assembled 100% in-house at Lebeau-Courally equips a small seconds model that costs less than 10,000 Swiss francs.

Just one year after presenting its first in-house movement in the moon phase model, Lebeau-Courally is showcasing another brand-new watch movement that has been designed, manufactured and assembled entirely in-house at the company’s premises in Le Locle. As the name suggests, this new base calibre (for it is intended to serve as a building block for future movement generations at the brand) has at its heart an off-set micro-rotor for winding the movement. This means not only that more of the fine finishing can be seen through the back of the case (since the winding rotor takes up much less space) but also that the movement itself can be much thinner, measuring just 3.1mm in height. More importantly for Lebeau-Courally as a brand, this micro-rotor calibre will also be sold to external customers and occupies a market segment where the few existing alternatives are much more expensive. 

Découvrez le Micro II, le second mouvement maison de la marque


The first Lebeau-Courally watches to feature this new movement are available with a red-gold or stainless-steel case with a diameter of 42mm. Regardless of the case metal, both models have a slate-grey dial with applied Arabic numerals and a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.  All models also feature the signature rifle lever on the case middle that alludes to the highly sought-after Lebeau-Courally rifles that are hand-finished at the company headquarters in Liège, Belgium. The historical associations between rifle makers and watchmakers were very close, with both sharing components as well as a lot of terminology. Lebeau-Courally reinvigorates this link with a special model with an aperture covering one-third of the dial and revealing an ornate decoration produced by the very same craftsmen in Liège who take up to two years to hand-engrave the bespoke Lebeau-Courally hunting rifles. 

Découvrez le Micro II, le second mouvement maison de la marque


Because Lebeau-Courally acquired the integrated movement manufacturer in 2015, the new micro-rotor exceeds by far the 60% value requirement for the Swiss Made label, even with the labour-intensive engraving done in Liège (which adds 3,000 Swiss francs to the retail price of the watch). In their base versions, however, the Lebeau-Courally watches fitted with the new micro-rotor are available from 8,500 Swiss francs in the stainless-steel version and 19,000 Swiss francs in red gold, both of which are highly competitive prices. 

Découvrez le Micro II, le second mouvement maison de la marque

 

 

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Sharing terms such as calibre, lever and barrel, arms manufacturing and watchmaking have certain parallels. Belgian brand Lebeau-Courally has a distinguished history in the latter and is the only brand to bring the two worlds together.

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