Founded in 1865 in Liège (Belgium), Lebeau-Courally has grown into one of the world’s most reputed houses for exceptional arts and crafts. Originally specialised in bespoke collectors’ hunting arms with unique engravings – each commission demanding up to 1,000 hours of work – Lebeau-Courally has extended its activities to watches and luxury leather goods over the last years. Yet all with one common vision: every object must be fully handmade in Lebeau-Courally’s in-house ateliers.
With the purchase of the IMH ‘manufacture d’horlogerie’ in Le Locle early 2015, Lebeau-Courally has assembled the best watchmaker skills and metiers d’art, and will focus on the production of exclusive timepieces with a unique aesthetic language and high end complications.
To commemorate and celebrate its 150th anniversary, LebeauCourally presents a unique watch that pays tribute to its roots: Le Baron 1865. This remarkable automatic chronograph with black steel DLC case features a dial with ‘Tapisserie de Liège’ engraving. This classic engraving showcases the passion for arts and crafts and the ar t of detail characteristic of Lebeau-Courally’s exceptional hunting arms atelier in Liège.
The art of engraving is embedded in the DNA of the Belgian city of Liège. The origin of the ‘Tapisserie de Liège’ goes back to England in the 19th century where ‘anglais’ or small and complex curls and rings were engraved in hunting arms. Belgian artists such as Hippolite Corombelle adopted the style, made it their own and further perfected the craft. The typical ‘Tapisserie de Liège’ still is characterised by ‘anglais’ in a complex composition with acanthus leaves, roses, ribbons and small natural ornaments inspired by the famous Louis XVI style. Sometimes, carved elements are added, such as oak leaves, or laurel leaves. Lebeau-Courally’s craftsmen still apply the engraving by hand with hammer and fine burin onto forged steel to achieve a vivid and detailed relief.
The ‘Tapisserie de Liège’ design in silver featuring on Le Baron – 1865 stands out against a black background and adds an extra dimension to the watch face.
Model: LE BARON “1865”
Calibre: LC 7753 automatic chronograph
Case: 43 mm Ø stainless steel DLC coated
Dial: traditional Lebeau-Courally engraving ‘Tapisserie de Liège’ silver on black – paying tribute to the engraving tradition done by Lebeau-Courally’s bespoke hunting arms atelier in Liège
Bracelet: black alligator – hand-sewn
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 m)