There are events not to be missed every year in Belgium, and the Zoute Grand Prix in Knokke is undoubtedly one of those moments if you are a fan of vintage cars and / or GT sports cars … The Zoute Grand Prix is a bit like the grand meeting of automotive elegance in Knokke, the Flemish Saint Tropez. And who says prestigious event and motor racing says watchmaking partner and this year like last year, it is the house Lebeau-Courally which assumes the role of official timekeeper and sponsor of the event!
Last year, the most famous Belgian manufacturer for the time being, it must be admitted for its activity in the armory, presented the Le Baron Zoute Grand Prix Edition watch, a superb watch of character in DLC steel which was inspired by the automotive world replica watches US, but which seemed almost a little detached from the legacy of the rising brand.
In 2015, approaching the 2015 edition of the Zoute Grand Prix in Knokke (October 8 to 11), the Liège brand unveiled the new Le Baron Zoute Grand Prix watch, a watch wiser than last year, more traditional, seeming more inspired by the parade of vintage cars than by the performance of racing cars today.
To create this new chronograph, the brand drew its inspiration from legendary old cars, chrome, leather, the dashboard found on classic sports cars. So, this 43 mm diameter chronograph, cream dial (30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter and date window at 6 o’clock, “Zoute Grand Prix” logo at 9 o’clock and tachometer), polished steel, bracelet brown alligator and of course a reminder of the lever that unlocks the rifle opposite the crown, a characteristic feature of Lebeau-Courally watches.
On the back of the case, the sapphire crystal offers an overview of the LC 7750 automatic mechanism (frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour & precision to 1/8 of a second), a mechanism integrating a new nod to the automotive world thanks to the installation of a fake Rolex watches vintage half-flywheel rotor… The official rally zoute watch is limited to 28 copies.