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.
At the age of 14 Christian begins training to become a machinist in Stuttgart.
At the age of 22 Christian works his way up to become a test driver for Daimler's race cars.
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.
Christian retires from racing and continues his career as a mechanic for Daimler.
THE GRAND PRIX SERIES
from the VOYAGEUR Collection
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.