After two first editions, one with an old style silver dial and one with a striking blue dial ( which we reviewed here ), both effectively financed by community-based tasks, Lebois & Co today declared their return to the Kickstarter program to raise assets for the 3rd Re-launch Edition of their Avantgarde Date . Other than coming with a pleasant dark dial, there’s more to offer now “under the hood”… New dial and new development for a great quality upgrading.
Without doing the full story once more (you can read it altogether in Robin’s review here ), Lebois & Co denotes the revival of a brand earlier in presence, created by a individual from the Dodane-watchmaking family. Quick version, the brand collapsed after the quartz emergency and the name stopped to exist… Until Dutch entrepreneur Tom van Wijlick and his significant other Eveline ran over a picture of a vintage chronograph by Lebois & Co a couple of years prior and utilized this as motivation to re-launch the brand. The name was indeed registered and the main watches saw the light in 2015. Utilizing Kickstarter to re-launch the brand, they presented a first edition of 100 pieces with a silk silver dial , followed by a more unique blue form of their watch , again restricted to 100 pieces, the Lebois & Co Avantgarde Date. Today, the set of three will be shut, with a third form, with dark dial and a decent shock for watchmaking lovers.
Again, for full subtleties, investigate our review , which will give you complete clarification about the Lebois & Co Avantgarde Date. In general, the watch remains somewhat traditional regarding looks, extents and selection of colors (brilliant white, blue and now dark). Case-wise, it is somewhat on the dressy side, with a 40mm width and hardened steel in both cleaned (bezel) and brushed surfaces. However, it has some more easygoing components, like the secured crown. The principle fascination is the dial, showing very a few subtleties. A few track (minutes and hours), all connect to steps and recessed parts, applied and faceted markers for the hours, some discreet yet unique contacts or red on the 60 imprint or the second hand, a metal window around the date aperture… Overall, the dial appears to be very occupied from the outset yet when looked carefully, it is efficient, readable and stands out.
For their 3rd edition of the Avantgarde Date, presently accessible on Kickstarter here , Lebois & Co went for what is unquestionably the most old style however in every case entirely attractive color in watchmaking; dark. In this context, it offers pleasant contrast with the lists and tracks, consequently a great decipherability, a somewhat energetic look, without loosing the fundamental thought of an immortal watch, and offers a the red accents some perceivability. The watch isn’t changed, yet it offers a specific class to the bundle. And if this dial may be the most obvious advancement, it is anyway not the main one…
Until now, the watches created by Lebois & Co were highlighting an ETA 2824-2 development (the supposed workhorse) in its standard form. An excellent development generally speaking, rather precise and exceptionally powerful, yet not all that quality you can envision however. And in light of the fact that the completing was somewhat fundamental, Lebois & Co chose to conceal it under a shut back. With this Avantgarde Date 3rd Re-Launch Edition, the development becomes noticeable and takes a leap in quality, as it is presently a Top Grade Swiss-Made Sellita SW200-1. Pleasantly decorated with Geneva stripes (Côtes de Genève), perlage, jewel cutting and blue screws, it is additionally changed in 5 positions and will run exact, with a normal pace of +/ – 4 seconds/day (which implies perhaps chronometer certified…) Not terrible you’ll admit.
The Lebois & Co Avantgarde Date 3rd Re-Launch Edition will be delivered with two certified Buffalo cowhide ties; earthy colored (cognac) and dark with coordinating sewing, with a steel collapsing fasten. The retail cost, when the mission is finished, will be Euro 1,800. In any case, for the early bidders who decide to go on Kickstarter , the cost will be Euro 975 (restricted to 100 pieces). The venture can be explored and financed on the accompanying page .