Marvin Sébastien Loeb Chronograph Collection - Baselworld 2011
April 21, 2011
The Marvin Loeb Chronograph collection is a collaboration between Swiss watchmaker Marvin and professional rally car racer Sébastien Loeb. Sébastien is a seven time World Rally Championship (WRC) champion, and remarkably he has won it seven times in a row (from 2004 to 2010).
Normally, when a sports champion is an ambassador of a watch brand they may have some input into making a special edition piece that bears there name, but in general their input in minimal. In this case, Sébastien Loeb not only had a lot of input, he also invested his own money to help bring this timepiece into production. Very cool.
The Marvin Sébastien Loeb Special Edition Chronograph (top picture) comes in four variations, you can choose either automatic or quartz, and you can pick between a silver (top picture) or black dial. The mechanical versions are limited to 777 pieces, the quartz timepieces are not limited in production. Aesthetically, the automatic and quartz models are nearly identical (aside from the mechanical having a engraved numbered edition on the caseback). It is the movements that really set them apart, the automatic versions use a Valjoux 7750 and the quartz versions use an ETA G10.711 movement. The case is stainless steel and is 44 mm in diameter. A black rubber strap with tongue buckle is integrated into the case. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
Due to the popularity of this Sébastien Loeb Chronograph Special Edition, Marvin recently unveiled the Loeb Summer collection (pictured above) in an orange strap/black dial variant, as well as a white strap/white dial version. This particular model is available only as a quartz, and has 1/10th of second chronograph accuracy. It has been slightly improved over the original Loeb collection, mainly a new dial design, as well as the removal of the red springs that previously sat in-between the lugs (and are now filled in by rubber from the strap).
This is an highly affordable collection of quality Swiss chronographs. And the association with the best rally car racers in the world, and the fact that he (Sébastien Loeb) actually helped to design and fund the collection makes it that much more appealing.
Retail $870/$2,635 (quartz/automatic)