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Introducing The Chronoswiss Open Gear Tourbillon

Fast Take

Chronoswiss is a company rather dear to my heart – the company, which was originally established in 1983, was one of the main new watch brands to rise out of the Quartz Crisis because of a nascent demand, yet in addition a developing faith in the fascination to be found in mechanical horology. The company has, since the late 1990s and early 2000s, had some good and bad times regarding perceivability and course, yet in the a few years, it has been presenting a range of new watches which are planned to draw on its historical qualities while, at the same time, attracting new clients as well (Chronoswiss actually accepts payment in bitcoin , speaking of inhabiting the contemporary world).

 

Chronoswiss Régulateur à Tourbillon, sold last year at Christie’s.

The classic outdated Chronoswiss watch was a large, mechanism-forward watch with a large, easy-to-grasp and easy-to-manipulate onion crown and a coin-edge case, regularly (as a matter of fact, I think almost invariably) with straight drags and tightened strap bars. The company was known for its regulator-style watches, and one of its better known was the Régulateur à Tourbillon, which featured a flying tourbillon in an open, guilloché decorated dial. Chronoswiss has quite recently announced another rendition of the watch, yet with a complex multi-part case and semi-skeletonized development and dial (which has 42 separate parts) in a very striking shade of electric blue (civility of a CVD plating measure). The development is the caliber C.303, and the watch is being released in a (extremely) restricted arrangement of 15 pieces, at $39,000 per watch.

As with the original regulator tourbillons, it’s a large (44mm x 13.10mm) watch, and the clear blue tone’s underscored by the application of Super-LumiNova to the lists and hands, giving it a rather dramatic presence once it’s lights-out.

Initial Thoughts

I adored the vibe of the original Chronoswiss watches, which had all the staid, good old appeal of a pre-WWII open-wheel sports car. The more up to date plans are apt to polarize for anyone who adores the marginally fuddy-duddy, pocket-watch-on-a-strap feel of the earlier plans, and yet, you certainly can’t fault the company for perceiving that its plans, after all, have to proceed to evolve.

This is all via saying, to paraphrase that old car commercial, that this isn’t your father’s (uncle’s? more established cousin’s?) Chronoswiss. The incredibly striking coloration helps me to remember the brilliant wing of a Blue Morpho butterfly, and I wager this is an amazingly attractive watch face to face, day or night. It really asks to be seen and evaluated face to face – much as I have a general affection for rather more conservative, minimalist watch plans than not, it never damages to see a plan attempting to have somewhat a good time for a change. After all, it would be an interesting old world in the event that we were all the same. At only 15 pieces around the world (and, hello, travel limitations), this is another one of those watches which, alas, I am not apt to have the option to find in the metal for quite a while if at all, however I’d love to try.

The Basics

Brand: Chronoswiss
Model: Open Gear Tourbillon
Reference Number: CH-3126-BLBL

Diameter: 44mm
Thickness: 13.10mm
Case:  Solid 17-piece, stainless steel case, CVD-coated with satin and cleaned completes; sapphire crystals front and back
Dial:  42-part development on several levels: base level with Côtes de Genève, center level hand-guillochéd and hand-engraved (“Atelier Lucerne” on opposite of dial), upper level featuring screwed-on skeletonized train wheel extensions and channel like development for hour display
Indexes: Applied
Lume: Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 10 bar/100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Hand-sewn hornback crocodile

The Movement

Caliber: Chronoswiss manufacture caliber C.303, flying tourbillon, semi-skeletonized, hand-wound
Functions: Time only
Diameter: 32.80mm
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Winding: Hand-wound
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewels: 23

Valuing & Availability

Price: $39,000
Availability: Available now
Limited Edition: Yes, 15 pieces worldwide

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