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2021-04-09

LeJOUR Le Mans CHRONO

Gentlemen, start your engines! Hold those horses just a moment, folks – this lovely new heritage chronograph from LeJOUR - 

as its name implies has been inspired by the legendary Le Mans 24Hr Race which means we require a Le Mans-style start.

The Le Mans 24Hr race begins with the drivers outside of their vehicles; when the flag drops, they make a mad dash for their cars (parked on the other side of the track), jump in, start their engines, drive off and begin the race.

The Le Mans 24Hr is a race that is steeped in tradition, it dates back to 1923 – in contrast the new LeJOUR Le Mans Chrono while made using the latest Swiss watchmaking methods has a classic style that dates back to the 1960s – 

a time when names like Ford and Ferrari dominated at Le Mans with the likes of Olivier Gendebien, Phil Hill and legend, Bruce McLaren.

LeJOUR is a mark that was actually around during those days, so it seems only fitting that they have released this very cool Le Mans Chronograph evoking a bygone era when gentlemen racers were what every little boy dreamt of one day becoming (me included). Offered in eight different dial, sub-dial and bezel combos, the new Le Mans Chrono from LeJOUR has been realized in a 42mm Stainless Steel case accentuated with a mix of satin brushed finishing with chamfered high-polished edges giving the timepiece a sporty yet premium feel.

Staying true to its vintage roots, the Le Mans Chronograph has been topped with a domed Sapphire crystal. Meanwhile the dial below which has been deeply recessed, is offered in two different finishes: 

sunray or matte with 3 sub-dials finished with snailing (concentric pattern) and a day-date indicator at 3 o’clock.

And for a touch a of versatility, the Le Mans Chronograph comes in two styles of bracelets, four models with 3 link oyster style bracelets and the rest presented on an iconic Jubilee-style bracelet giving a distinctive appeal to each model.

The case-back design has always been an integral feature on the modern day LeJOUR watches; the Le Mans Chronograph is no different; 

it features a deeply stamped racecar and pit-stop motif. And while the watch is inspired by the racetrack, it is still water-resistant to 200m, thanks to a screw-down case-back and crown.

Finally like any racecar wishing to survive the rigors of time such as in the 24Hr Le Mans, the LeJOUR Le Mans Chronograph also has a reliable engine to power it; in this instance, a Swiss made ETA 7750 Automatic Chronograph movement. 

Thoughts? I’m not surprised to see ref. LJ-LM-001 already sold out; that would have been my choice with LJ-LM-007 a close second but would have loved to have seen British Racing green as an option. 

Follow the link HERE or the one embedded, below for more . . .

 https://www.lejourwatches.ch/

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