The 2018 edition will be the 8th Lonville Classic
Whilst the rally has improved every year, what has not been lost is the feeling of spending a long week-end with a group of friends in some of Europe’s most glorious locations.
Lonville is the official time keeper
of the Lonville Classic
Lonville Virage, Kind of Blue
The Lonville Virage brings Lonville back to the world of luxury watch making after more than 50 years of absence. The 137 year old Swiss brand was founded in 1873 by Johann Kottman, and produced wonderfully decorated pocket watches and wrist watches in small series.
During the mid-1950s manufacture of Lonville diminished and Lonville gradually went silent… until now. After ‘discovering’ Lonville in 2007 a small group of watch enthusiasts decided to breath new life into this historic brand, staying true to the concepts of great watch making, small series and understated elegance.
Our design inspiration is taken from vintage Lonville timepieces and from our beloved world of classic cars.
To the left, the 40mm diameter case is hand-finished 18ct white gold. It features a polished case front and back, while the central part of the case is manually brushed. The contrast is remarkable and has been repeated for the finish of the white gold deployant closure.
The Virage is powered by the Lonville LV1 micro-rotor movement. This individually COSC certified movement is uniquely finished with a blued rotor, blued screws and blue engraving, and thus perfectly complements the exterior of the watch. Each movement is designed and created in and around La Chaux de Fonds, the heart of the swiss watch making valley.
Each of the 18 pieces of Virage that we will produce is made to order for its future keeper. This includes the owner’s name engraved under the case back sapphire glass, and the actual watch number x/18 showing which number of 18 this specific model is.
To the right, Lonville’s win at the 24 hours of le mans on the wrist of Gabriele Gardel of Larbre Competition. In 2015 Lonville has introduced a limited series of 24 pieces to celebrate this win.
…it is hard to get used to the daily routine again! Again thanks to all of you for your efforts and hopefully see you for the next event. We are already looking forward to it…
1962 Austin Healey 3000, Netherlands