Elegant, complex and distinct. Virage is the first watch we created after re-discovering Lonville. This is the watch we wanted to create, not the watch we had to create. It contains all our watch passions and desires. Virage provides the bridge between the mid 1950s to today by integrating a number of subtle hints to historic Lonville watches.
The unique LV1 micro-rotor movement has reached exceptional finish and accuracy levels. The 6 bridge configuration with chamfered edges, blued screws, blue engraving and a unique blue micro-rotor provide a stunning three-dimensional view of the movement. Each individual movement is certified for accuracy by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Virage’s Sunburst Dial is a sight to behold. The depth of the sunburst finish and carefully applied markers, combined with the slender dauphine hands radiate pure Swiss craftsmanship.
All four Virage models feature white gold cases and closures. A rare watch deserves a precious metal in our view, and white gold matches the understated elegant character of Virage very well. The combination of hand polished and brushed finishing gives the case that hand made feeling. It also makes the 40mm case appear optically lighter on the wrist. The slightly coned shape of the white gold crown is reminiscent of Lonville pocket watches and is engraved with the elegant ‘L’ from Lonville’s historic shield logo. Each singed case carries a unique identification number. What is impossible to describe is the amount of passion, attention and craftsmanship that has gone into each single detail of Virage. This remains for you to explore.
Only 18 pieces of each Virage model will be created. This ensures that a Virage will remain a rare sight, and it’s owner can enjoy and understated elegance that has been largely lost in today’s mass production society.
Calibre LV1 has been designed and created, over a period of 8 years, in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, the heart of the Swiss watch making industry. We have collaborated with Schwartz Etienne for Virage’s LV1 movement.
LV1 features an 80 hour power reserve and is finished in Lonville’s signature blue rotor, blue screws and blue engraving. With champhered bridges and a Cotes de Geneve finish, the movement perfectly matches Virage’s elegance and rarity. LV1 modular design features either an automatic micro-rotor version, or a double barrel manual wound version.
Each individual movement is tested and certified for accuracy and durability by the Swiss Chronometer Institute (COSC). Only when a movement passes 15 days of different tests can it carry the coveted engraving ‘Chronometer’.
“The LV1 movement is definitely part of the reason why I like this watch so much. The six bridges look awesome and I love the contrast with the blued screws.”
Robert-Jan Broer, Fratello watches
All Swiss goes beyond the requirements of ‘Swiss Made’. Throughout the design and creation of Virage we have gone to great efforts to ensure that each screw, each axis, the case, the hands and all other components are are made by Swiss watch specialists using Swiss sourced materials. This code of conduct follows our Swiss watch making passion and values. It has also brought together some of the best craftsmen, and unique characters, in the Swiss watch industry. Why make a dream come true that does not follow your heart and your values?