In 2008, Wyler Genève presented a special edition chronograph named El Camino Real, the legendary West-coast route.
The new El Camino Real model has a scratch-resistant black ceramic case with a modified design (9mm wider and 1mm shorter than the limited-edition chronograph) that adds even more muscle to an already beefy watch. A matt black dial with a matt black ring housing the hour markers and counter surrounds creates a deliberately understated look. Luminous orange SuperLuminova material is used for the dots marking the hours, the chronograph hours and minutes and the inserts for the hands, providing a sharp contrast with the sobriety of the rest of the dial.
The El Camino Real chronograph is powered by a Swiss-made self-winding movement with a power reserve of 42 hours plus. It is fitted with a personalized Wyler Genève rotor in drilled blackened heavy metal, with rhodium-plated bevels for the holes and a Wyler Genève engraving. The movement is housed inside a titanium container that is held in place by a carbon-fibre frame and mounted on springs between two matt black ceramic plates.
This assembly forms the shock-absorbing sprung case used for all Wyler Genève models, which is further enhanced by the patented crown protector in black ceramic. Diamond-like carbon (DLC) treatment on the titanium screws and pushers maintains the dark look and a black rubber bracelet with the signature Wyler Genève pattern and a new fold-over clasp completes the ensemble. Like all shock-resistant Wyler Genève timepieces, the El Camino Real chronograph is water-resistant to 50 metres and comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Model: Wyler Genève El Camino Real Ceramic Chronograph
Ref. 100.5.00.BO2.RBA: Ceramic with matt black dial and black rubber strap
Hours, minutes, continuous small seconds
Chronograph: seconds, 30 minutes, 12 hours
Movement: Swiss-made Wyler personalised self-winding mechanical movement with personalised rotor.
Power reserve: 42 hours
Oscillating weight: Wyler personalised, drilled blackened heavy metal with rhodium-plated bevels
Bearing: High tech x-myrox by MPS with ceramic balls (ZrO2), requires no lubrication
Top and bottom plates: ceramic, 4 titanium screws with DLC surface treatment
Case middle: Carbon fibre, 2 sapphire crystals
Inner movement case: titanium, suspended on 4 independent shock absorbers, water resistant to 50m
Chronograph pushers: DLC with stylised design motif
Crown: Rubber-coated DLC
Crown protector: black ceramic with engraved Wyler logo
Back: Ceramic case-back with screws and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal aperture
Width: 44.3 mm
Length: 51 mm
Height: 14.5 mm
Matt black dial
Applied ring housing the counter rings, hour markers and an oversized “12” at 12 o’clock
Hour and minute hands: skeleton hands with orange luminescent tips
Central seconds hands in orange, chronograph counter hands with orange luminescent tips
Three-pronged continuous seconds hand with single orange luminescent tip
Wyler personalised black natural rubber, foldover clasp with titanium screws