Tradition and progress, perfectly harmonized under one roof: Chronoswiss heralded the start of a new era when it moved into “Zeitpunkt” [“Moment in Time”], its new headquarters. Ticking masterpieces are now created in this modern building outside the gates of Munich. The architecture of “Zeitpunkt” unmistakably manifests the aesthetics of Chronoswiss’s founder Gerd-Rüdiger Lang.
This special model was presented to celebrate the inauguration of Chronoswiss’ new watch factory: the Chronoscope is being available in a strictly limited edition with a depiction of Chronoswiss’s new home adorning the pane of glass in the back of the case. Gerd-Rüdiger Lang personally gave an extra touch of authenticity to the watches in this exclusive series: the Limited Edition Chronoscope literally bears his handwriting because a facsimile of his signature is on the flank of each case at the “9.”
This special-edition wristwatch is available in two high-carat versions: only 33 specimens of the white gold variant will be made, and the red gold version will be manufactured in an edition of 99 specimens worldwide. Each timepiece is individually numbered in red on its dial, thus identifying it as a member of this exclusive series. An elegant hardwood case containing the sterling silver “Régulateur” keychain, which likewise bears an a printing of the new building, is included in the purchase price. A guarantee certificate, personally signed by Gerd-Rüdiger Lang, further confirms the authenticity of each wristwatch in this special series.
But even if it weren’t part of this special series, a Chronoscope would still be quite an exceptional timepiece. The world’s first automatic column-wheel chronograph with regulator dial has already earned two prestigious awards: “Watch of the Year 2003” and “The Golden Balance 2007.” This watch’s name, inspired by the love for authenticity, clearly sets it apart from all other chronographs: after all, “chronoscope” is the more correct designation because so-called “chronographs” have long since ceased to record or write the elapsed time, but merely show it.
In homage to the forerunners of today’s chronographs, the Chronoscope’s stopwatch mechanism is mounted directly between the dial and the base plate, i.e. directly on the front side of the plate of the exclusive self-winding manufacture Caliber C.122, thus making it an integral component of the movement. Another special feature is the steel hands, which shimmer in a hue reserved exclusively for this model: lie de vin, the French phrase for the residuum that accumulates at the bottoms of bottles of fine red wine, is also the name of this shade of reddish blue, which was traditional given to the hands of the first mechanical “time-writers.”
As an obeisance expressing respect for the traditional watchmaker’s art, Chronoswiss has chosen precisely this special coloration for the hands of the Chronoscope. The result is a timelessly beautiful and perpetually fascinating wristwatch, which, as part of this special limited edition, is also a genuine collector’s item.
Model: Chronoscope (The first self-winding wristwatch chronograph with regulator dial)
CH 1521 R, 18 ct red gold (52g), limited edition of 99 specimens
CH 1521 W, 18 ct white gold (52g), limited edition of 33 specimens.
Hours, minutes, seconds, central elapsed-seconds hand
Massive 22-part case, onion-shaped crown with built-in push-piece (“monopulsante”) and interchangeable insulating system, massive construction is reserved exclusively for Chronoswiss and uses the same material as the case, diameter = 38 mm, height = 12.00 mm, ground and polished case, screwed and fluted bezel with sapphire crystal that’s antireflective on one surface, fully threaded screw-in back with pane of sapphire crystal that’s antireflective on one surface, screwed strap lugs with patented Autobloc system, watertight to 3 atmospheres (30 m), hand-setting mechanism is likewise watertight to 30 meters.
Chronoswiss manufacture Caliber C. 125, automatic winding, entirely newly designed chronograph mechanism based on manufacture Caliber C. 122, diameter = 26.80 mm (11¾”’), 30 jewels, Incabloc shock absorption, 35-hour power reserve, 3 hertz = 21,600 A/h (semi-oscillations per hour), column-wheel mechanism with oscillating pinion, chronograph’s center-wheel is ball borne (unprecedented in chronograph construction), skeletonized rotor, individually numbered.
Silver-plated metal dial with printed Arabic numerals, minute-circle with 1/6th -of-a-second subdivisions (360 strokes), reddish-blued steel hands (lie de vin) in poire shape, chronograph’s hands in flèche (i.e. arrow) shape