Marvin Watch Co. Unveils the LOEB Special Edition ¶
Yesterday in Paris, Marvin Watch Co. and Sebastien Loeb officially unveiled their latest creation - the LOEB Limited Edition chronograph. On Wednesday we gave you a short teaser video. Now that the cat is out of the bag, we can show you the first images of the finished watch.
Available in both automatic and quartz versions, this watch represents a great deal for Marvin. For one, it's their first foray into the high-tech sports watch market, and it's a goodun by the looks of it. It's also a collaboration between three big names - Loeb, obviously, as well as Jean-François Ruchonnet and Sébastien Perret, two of the biggest names in avant-garde watch design (known for the Monaco V4 and the Cabestan, respectively). This collaboration speaks a lot about where Marvin is headed as a company - it's quickly making a name for itself and the big names are becoming attracted to this relative newcomer to the Swiss watch world.
The watch itself is impressive in its execution, and a big step forward for Marvin. It's a not-too-huge-but-still-imposing 44mm stainless steel watch with a tried and true 7750 calibre in the automatic version. Sounds pretty straightforward, but it's the details that really make this a knockout watch. The three-dimensional dial is based on the dash display of a rally car, with cool "digital" numerals around the analogue displays. The "day date" indication reminds me of codriver notes, or maybe signposts flying by at high speed. The chrono pushers are shaped like paddle shifters. The rubber strap is secured with a unique spring-loaded lug that curves to fit the wrist, a first in this segment and a really cool design element. Word is that Loeb demanded linear springs somewhere (to echo the shock absorbers of a car), and the engineers spent a lot of time figuring out where and how to integrate them in a functional way. The fixed bezel features seven engraved stars - because Loeb is the seven-time World Rally Champion. Overall this a seriously neat design with lots of little details that will keep the loupe-brigade entertained.
In automatic guise, the LOEB will be limited to 777 pieces (again, for the seven times champion). If you want to get your hands on one, you'll have to act fast, because I'm sure these will be a hot item once it hits the market. Keep your eyes here on the Baily Blog for more information.