THE Grand prix 1914 Series

a historic race and an unlikely champion

The Voyageur Collection's inspiration for the Grand Prix series begins on July 4th 1914. An unknown machinist, Christian Lautenschlager, hails from Germany to enter the last Grand Prix before World War I. The world's most celebrated professional drivers gas their engines as a crowd of 300,000 assemble to witness what would become one of the most storied races in Grand Prix history.

As with any race there were favored and experienced challengers. Professional driver, Sailer, quickly claimed the lead with an 18 second advantage after lap one. After lap five his lead expanded by almost three minutes. By lap six his engine exploded and Sailer was forced to withdraw from the competition.

Another experienced driver, Georges Boillot, became the leader. He retained the lead for 12 laps before problems with his quickly wearing tires dashed any hope of victory. Unfortunately for Boillot complications with his tires required eights stops - each stop requiring a change. This allowed the machinist and amateur Christian Lautenschlager to pass Boillot. Boillot eventually drops out after lap 12 - the final lap. The challenge continues with Ferenc Szisz hit by another racer during a wheel change.

Christian, an amateur in every sense, claims the victory accomplished by an unmatched courage and commitment to the challenge. The win results in wide spread notoriety for Christian throughout Europe. The determination of an unknown driver and the machine that carried him to victory inspire this limited collection.

  • April 13, 1877

    Christian Lautenschlager is born in the village of Magstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany near Stuttgart.

  • October, 1891

    At the age of 14 Christian begins training to become a machinist in Stuttgart.

  • December, 1908

    At the age of 22 Christian works his way up to become a test driver for Daimler's race cars.

  • June, 1914

    Christian continues to work in the factory. Tensions in Europe mount as the Archduke of Austria is assassinated.

  • July 4, 1914

    300,000 gather in Lyon, France to witness one of the greatest Grand Prixs in history.

  • July 28, 1914

    World War I begins marking the end of European Grand Prix racing until 1919.

  • 1923

    Christian retires from racing and continues his career as a mechanic for Daimler.

THE GRAND PRIX SERIES

from the VOYAGEUR Collection

002 Grand Prix

Carbon Fiber Chronograph

Overview

Grand Prix 002 in signature Voyageur Collection case features two sides that integrate carbon fiber. Its 45mm 316L stainless steel case presents one side with a chronograph with hours, minutes, seconds, date, tachymeter and telemeter. Turning the timepiece over reveals its equally aggresive two time zone dial. Grand Prix 002 is powered by 3 Swiss Made movements and produced in a limited and serialized production.

001 Grand Prix

Complication Grand Prix

  • Grand Prix 1914 chronograph face
  • Grand Prix 1914 two time zone formal face
  • Grand Prix chronograph and formal face featured together

Overview

001 Grand Prix carries the signature Voyageur Collection case that features two sides. Its 45mm 316L stainless steel case presents one side with a chronograph with hours, minutes, seconds, date and tachymeter. Turning the timepiece over reveals its formal vintage two time zone dials and piereced heart to reveal its engineering. In all the Grand Prix is powered by 3 Swiss Made movements and produced in a limited and serialized production.

003 Grand Prix

DLC Black Grand Prix

Overview

Grand Prix 003 in signature double-sided Voyageur Collection case is crafted in DLC 316L black stainless steel. The result is a timepiece that will not lose its black finish to extensive wear and polishing. Functions for Grand Prix 003 include chronograph with hours, minutes, seconds, date, tachymeter, and telemeter. The opposing dial features two time zones highlighted in carbon fiber dial. Grand Prix 003 is powered by 3 Swiss Made movements and produced in a limited and serialized production.

004 Grand Prix

ETA Powered Chronograph

Overview

001 Grand Prix carries the signature Voyageur Collection case that features two sides. Its 45mm 316L stainless steel case presents one side with a chronograph with hours, minutes, seconds, date and tachymeter. Turning the timepiece over reveals its formal vintage two time zone dials and pierced heart to reveal its engineering. In all the Grand Prix is powered by 3 Swiss Made movements and produced in a limited and serialized production.

001 Grand Prix Movie

A historic race. An unlikely champion.

Overview

In 1914 one unknown and inexperienced driver arrives in Lyon, France for the final Grand Prix before World War I. He challenges the greatest professional racers in the world and ultimately changes history - forever. Introducing the Grand Prix inspired timepiece from Korloff PARIS featuring formal and sport faces together in one reverso case. A timeless and multi-time zone timepiece for the ages.

Grand Prix Gift Box Experience

An out of the ordinary experience.

Overview

Every Grand Prix series timepiece comes with our handmade Italian leather messenger bag for men. Within the messenger bag is found a micro travel case to easily protect and carry your timepiece from one journey to the next, certificate of authenticity card, USB key with exclusive materials, and a carrying tote to protect the entire gift set. As with our timepieces, every Korloff experience should be out of the ordinary.

Details in Design

Inspirational Elements

Overview

The Grand Prix series of timepieces and its materials are inspired directly from the period and design elements of the 4.5 litre Mercedes Benz that Christian Lautenschlager won the 1914 Grand Prix in for the formal face and the latest Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT to celebrate the evolution of the racing machine for the sport chronograph face. From the carbon fiber in the SLS to the vintage numbers in the 1914 Mercedes Benz dash the Grand Prix 1914 authentically respects history and the indomitable spirit of a man that challenged convention.

THE INNOVATOR

Korloff PARIS

In 1970 a young man, Daniel Paillasseur, enters the world of diamantaires and challenges the odds to establish a maison dedicated to crafting unconventional timepieces, high jewelry, accessories, and couture inspired by the spirit of travel. What began as a vision today is the house of Korloff PARIS. In more than 40 years we have remained independently owned and family managed, designing our own destiny. Our collections are discovered at Korloff PARIS boutiques in some of the most exclusive locations around the world including Paris, Rodeo Drive, Tokyo, and Dubai.

Our collections consist of limited production, limited edition, and one of a kind creations hand crafted at our ateliers in Paris and Lyon with timepieces crafted in Switzerland, and diamonds in Antwerp. The promise that Daniel began with long ago continues as our mission today: Original. Our compositions have their own identity. Innovative. We create pieces that are unique aesthetically and in engineering. Inspirational. Each creation shares a story that inspires us and aligns with our own passion for travel and challenging convention. Authentic. Our work and materials are honest in quality and design. Quality. We utilize premium materials and painstakingly consider every detail. Exclusive. We create pieces on a limited basis that can be enjoyed intimately.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLLECTION

PREVIEW AT LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE

To learn more about the Grand Prix and Voyageur collections reserve an appointment at Korloff PARIS boutiques or official retailer partners worldwide.

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