What happens when you win the WRC world championship seven times in a row setting a record for the number of titles in WRC and for the number of titles won successively in a motorsport competition? Well, a lot of things happen, but one of those things is a new special edition watch with your name on it. Here’s looking at you, Sébastien Loeb.

The new Loeb Special Edition watch from Marvin brings with it the essence of the world of rallying thanks to the contributions made by Sébastien Loeb himself. The 44mm stainless steel case features flexible horns mounted on spring suspensions that are painted red. The importance of the springs lies in the fact that it helps the watch adjust to the contours of the wrist for optimal comfort.

Several other elements are directly inspired by competition rallying: the chronograph buttons coated in black PVD that resemble gear change paddles; the shaped counters designed like dashboard instruments; the dial composed of riveted plates on different levels; the openwork hands that suggest a rally car’s reinforcing bars.

The Loeb Special Edition watch comes in two different versions featuring automatic or quartz movements, and black and white dials. The first watch is a mechanical, automatic-rewinding chronograph that will be limited to 777 pieces and priced at $2,520. The second is a quartz chronograph priced at $970.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Marvin is expanding its range to include the world of motor sport. A new collection has been developed as a Special Edition in partnership with its ambassador, Sébastien Loeb. Recently crowned world champion for the seventh time, he is widely considered to be the greatest rally driver of all time. Sébastien Loeb wanted a watch that reflected his own style, immediately recognisable, masculine and sporty, and one that incorporates the distinctive codes of car rallying. Marvin has developed two exclusive chronographs for this outstanding French driver and both proudly carry his signature. Their design is the work of two creative watchmakers: Jean-François Ruchonnet  best known for the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 and the Cabestan  and Sébastien Perret, the Neuchâtel designer who has been associated with all the recent Marvin collections. The result is an exceptional watch specially developed for the road, for speed and high performance.

A racing watch

The new Loeb Special Edition from Marvin is a real supercar of watchmaking. It evokes the world of rallying in its smallest details thanks to contributions made by Sébastien Loeb himself who was directly involved with the project. The 44 mm diameter steel case with its shaped sides gives it a strongly technical, dynamic appearance. An exclusive innovation: the flexible horns mounted on spring suspensions coloured red. Thisa nod to the critical importance of suspension systems in rally cars, and it allows the watch to adjust perfectly to the wrist. Several other elements are directly inspired by competition rallying: the chronograph buttons coated in black PVD that resemble gear change paddles; the shaped counters designed like dashboard instruments; the dial composed of riveted plates on different levels; the openwork hands that suggest a rally car’s reinforcing bars.

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Sébastien Loeb, World Rally Champion

The Marvin Ambassador, Sébastien Loeb, 36, is widely agreed to be the greatest rally driver of all time. He was crowned World Champion for the seventh consecutive year since 2004  an unprecedented achievement in the sport. This incredibly talented French driver is also a watch lover and was directly involved in creating the collection that carries his name.

Marvin and the world of motor sport

This collection is a reflection of Marvin’s long-standing passion for the car. In the 1930s the brand launched the "Tyre watch" a pocket watch set inside a rubber tyre. In the 1950s, Pierre Didisheim the great grandson of the founder, took part in several races, driving a car in the Marvin colours. At the 1950 Swiss Grand Prix in Berne he met the famous Argentinean driver Juan-Manuel Fangio who visited the Manufacture four years later with a Marvin watch on his wrist. A famous Swiss driver, Emmanuel "Tulo" de Graffenried, also became a Marvin ambassador.

Quartz and automatic versions

The new Loeb Special Edition from Marvin is offered in two versions: a mechanical, automatic-rewinding chronograph, Valjoux 7750, in a Limited Edition of 777 pieces, and a quartz chronograph accurate to 1/10th of a second. The quartz version carries the Sébastien Loeb signature on the dial at 4 and engraved on the caseback with the inscription, “World Rally Champion”. The automatic version has the signature engraved on the sapphire crystal of the transparent caseback which reveals the mechanical movement and its rotor in the Marvin colours.

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4 comments:

  (216) posted on 12.2.2010

Okay, he’s gorgeous. A world champion. And can attract fans to buy his masterpiece.

  (859) posted on 11.21.2010

This sports watch is really magnificent. It was described as a real super car of watchmaking today.

  (858) posted on 11.11.2010

if you’ve even seen Loeb race in person, you know that this guy really knows how to drive

  (58) posted on 11.11.2010

Please stop posting about watches in the CAR section!

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