LEBEAU-COURALLY – PHASE DE LUNE
Three new Phase de Lune timepieces
Belgian brand Lebeau-Courally recently showed its watches at the Salon QP at London’s Saatchi Gallery and used the opportunity to unveil its three new Phase de Lune models.
The brand was founded in 1865 by Belgian armourer Auguste Lebeau who made the most sophisticated hunting rifles in the world in his Liège workshop. When Ferdinand Courally took over in 1896, his exceptional guns had already won over the entire European nobility.
The Belgian brand only decided to venture into watchmaking, another precision sector, much later on.
In 2015, the Lebeau-Courally family business took over IMH based in Le Locle. It now makes Swiss watches with 40 traditional crafts brought together under one roof. The Lebeau-Courally collections all have one thing in common: the names of the brand’s famous hunting rifles. Every case has a special lever inspired by the Lebeau-Courally gun hammer to open the case back’s cover.
The new Phase de Lune was first unveiled at Baselworld and now comes in three versions (steel, rose or white gold). They all have a moon phase in blue Grand Feu enamel. The classic Lebeau-Courally locking lever, a nod to the decorated lock system on its handmade weapons, appears at 8 on the new models. The locking lever performs two roles on the watch. Push the lever to set the date; pull it to set the moon phase.
Every 43mm watch has a LC0040 movement at 28,800 vph fuelling a power reserve lasting at least 100 hours. Each version has a different dial. The steel model has a shimmering silver dial with the signature Lebeau-Courally grid pattern and Roman hour numerals. The rose gold version has rose gold Arabic numerals on an anthracite dial whilst the white gold model has a classic hand-engraved blue Grand Feu enamel dial.
Price: 12,600 CHF (steel) – 29,000 CHF (rose gold) – 35,100 CHF (white gold)
By Inès Aloui
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