LORIGE X PEUGEOT BL-Endurance “Hyperblack”

LORIGE, the Paris based Swiss watch brand, has partnered with Peugeot Sport Team to release a special timepiece collection.

LORIGE’s BL-Endurance is an excellent series of ultra-modern automatic mechanical timepieces inspired by the motor-racing world. Boasting cutting edge design features and made of innovative materials, these timekeepers proudly carry the esteemed Swiss Made label. “BL” stands for “Brake Late”, reminding that braking technique is just as important as acceleration when it comes to winning a race.

LORIGE X PEUGEOT BL-Endurance Hyperblack watch
LORIGE X PEUGEOT BL-Endurance Hyperblack

Peugeot Sport, the iconic French carmaker Peugeot’s motorsports department, was formed in 1981. Since then, it has participated in various categories of motor racing events, including the Formula One. It was the winner of the Le Mans race in 1992, 1993 and 2009. In 2012, the team suspended its motorsports activities.

In 2019, Peugeot announced its return to motor car racing. During the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, the company unveiled the renderings of their new Sports Hypercar. Subsequently, it developed Peugeot 9X8, a sports prototype racing car for the Hypercar category.

Peugeot 9X8
Peugeot 9X8

In 2020, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced a new top tier Endurance racing category. Peugeot has also confirmed its participation in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season, in the newly created “Hypercar” class.

Peugeot 9X8 has recently won the Grand Prize for the Most Beautiful Hypercar of the Year at the Festival Automobile International 2022.

Lorige is best known for its watch cases made from actual racing car brakes, but this time, the BL-Endurance “Hyperblack” will use brake pads from the Peugeot Hypercar’s initial development phase trials. It means that Lorige owners can now possess a 9X8 part that has actually been tested on this amazing vehicle even before its initial appearance in the championships.

Motor-racing cars are usually developed without any “window dressing”, leaving the sleek carbon bodywork lines in full view. The same applies to the BL-Endurance “Hyperblack” wristwatch, which displays its raw carbon and its black DLC-coated titanium parts.

From the grade 5 titanium bezel to the bespoke visible screws, all the parts have been bead-blasted and blackened to produce the desired monochrome effect. The black theme is enhanced with kryptonite and selenium gray touches to match Peugeot Sport’s visual identity. The color combination is perfect for a stealthy appearance.

LORIGE X PEUGEOT BL-Endurance Hyperblack watch

The inscription on the left side of the case reminds us about its ancestry. The brake pads of Peugeot 9X8 have been very carefully dismantled by Lorige and come with all the necessary material tracking information. They are then handed over to expert machining operators who meticulously craft the BL-Endurance “Hyperblack” cases.

The power reserve indicator at the bottom of the dial and the model’s name are clearly visible. The BL-Endurance has a self-winding mechanism with a peripheral rotor. It offers a 45-hour reserve. From the bridges to the hands, almost all the parts of the BL-Endurance “Hyperblack” are black PVD-coated. The dial indexes may remind racing enthusiasts of circuit rumble strips.

LORIGE X PEUGEOT BL-Endurance Hyperblack watch

Taking their innovative concept to new heights, the brand creators have decided to manufacture all their timepiece parts in Switzerland. Lorige has partnered with one of the top Swiss Jura manufacturers to design an exclusive Lorige caliber. Each part of the LOR-PR01 caliber is made in Switzerland, and entirely assembled and adjusted by hand by the most qualified craftsmen.

Painstakingly designed right up to the tiniest visible screw, the BL-Endurance is an ideal timekeeper for motorsports aficionados. Manufactured according to the purest Swiss watchmaking tradition, this 100% Swiss Made timepiece offers flawless quality.

Technical details

Model: LORIGE X PEUGEOT BL-Endurance “Hyperblack”

Case
One-piece case and dial made from reprocessed carbon/carbon from Peugeot Sport 9X8 Hypercar Hybrid during development
Dimensions: 51.6 x 43.6 mm
Thickness: 10.5 mm
Lugs: Bead-blasted, black DLC treated, grade 5 titanium
Crown: Bead-blasted, black DLC treated grade 5 titanium, kryptonite laquer
Water resistance: 5 atm

Movement
Calibre LOR-PR01
Mechanical self-winding movement with peripheral rotor
45 hours of power reserve
37 jewels
28,800 VpH
294 components
Dimensions: 34.5 x 34 mm
Thickness: 6 mm

Functions
Hours, minutes, date, power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock

Dial
Imbedded in the case, black PVD treated hands and indexes with white Super-Luminova
Black PVD treated Arabic numerals

Strap
Black vulcanised rubber strap
Fold-Over Deployment Clasp: 2 stainless steel sliding buckles, bead-blasted black DLC treated grade 5 titanium clasp. Kryptonite Lorige logo. Fine 6mm adjustment