Many are the products which would dearly aspire to the title “Klassik” in the truest sense of the word. But only very few can genuinely claim the distinction of being a paragon of the first order, steadfastly resisting changes in fashion and the vicissitudes of time. Such a truly rare example is the sought-after Klassik Chronograph from the house of Chronoswiss.
Since its debut in the year 1989 this mechanical timepiece with automatic winding has been a firm feature of the Chronoswiss collection. The case with its teardrop lugs is not just reminiscent of the legendary Fifties. It is also manufactured using original tools dating from this heady era of economic upswing. Its precision details are proof of the sophisticated craftsmanship and supreme watchmaking skills consistently nurtured at Chronoswiss.
The chronograph calibre C.741 with automatic winding, 25 jewels, 1/4 sec. indication accuracy, 30-minute and 12-hour counters is an expression of watchmaking tradition at its finest. A further sign of a complete mastery of classic manufacturing principles is the unique analogue date indicator at the 3 o’clock position. Not only does this provide the proud owner with what is surely the most important information besides the time. The unusual date dial also perfectly balances the costly face with applied index marks.
The elegant steel hands in classic blue also have a contribution to make to the total harmony of the timepiece. As an alternative, Chronoswiss offers a version with a black face and silver hands. Since 1999 a sapphire glass base has afforded Klassik enthusiasts a longed-for glimpse of the fascinating mechanism at work.
There remained just one bitter pill which was often swallowed with reluctance. And that was the fact that, alas, this charmingly nostalgic chronograph was not water resistant. For technical reasons, this was a wish which could not in practice be fulfilled. The use of waterproof press-pieces would have permanently destroyed the attractive appearance of this wristwatch. For this reason, Chronoswiss proprietor Gerd-Rüdiger Lang resisted the to him unreasonable request with characteristic stubbornness.
Now at last the hour for which many Klassik friends have long been waiting has struck. Precisely in time for the start of the 21st Century, there is at last a waterproof version of this chronograph to adorn the wrist. But the best is yet to come: thanks to a special design of the press-piece mechanism and the internal sealing system, there is no external evidence to belie the water-resistance of the Klassik Chronograph.
For passionate watchmaker Gerd-Rüdiger Lang this is the hallmark of authenticity: the only true way to ensure that this classic timepiece will remain a classic in the decades to come. At Chronoswiss, a sophisticated symbiosis of tradition and discrete innovation has always been regarded as the optimum means by which to preserve the spirit of a centuries-old craft for future generations. The waterproof Klassik Chronograph is available in solid red, gold gold or in stainless steel. Customers who cannot decide between the two may prefer a combination of these fine casing materials.
Hour, minute, second, analog date, Chrono-center-second, 30-minute-register, 12-hour-register
CH 7401 R, 18ct. red gold (41 g)
CH 7401 R bk, 18ct. red gold (41g)
CH 7401 R re, 18ct. red gold (41g)pusher and crown solid 18ct. red gold
CH 7402 R, 18ct. red gold (6g)/steel
CH 7402 R bk, 18ct. red gold (6g)/steel
CH 7402 R re, 18ct. gold (6g)/steel pusher and crown solid 18ct. red gold
CH 7403, steel
CH 7403 bk, steel
CH 7403 re, steel
CH 7403 gr, steel
CH 7403 bl, steel
CH 7404, “Turtle”, 18ct. rosé gold (12g)/steel bars, pusher and crown solid 18ct. rosé gold
24-part case, ø 37 mm, height 13,90 mm, lateral polish,drop-shaped polished bars, polished bezel with non-reflective sapphire crystal, display back with non-reflective sapphire crystal, straps attached with spring bars, water-resistant up to 3 atm (30 m)
Chronoswiss Caliber C.741, automatic winding, ø 30 mm (13¼´´´), 25 Jewels, Incabloc shock-absorber, 46 hours power-reserve, 4 Hz., 28.800 vibrations per hour (vph), ¼ second display accuracy
Silver-plated metal dial, with applied Roman numerals and Pulsometerscale or Tachometer scale, Minute-circle with ¼ second-division, polished, gilt or blued Index-steel hands