First launched in 1936, the Compax chronograph displayed a revolutionary third counter totalising the hours and minutes that it timed. Building on a rich history that has continued to unfold ever since, Universal Genève is issuing a 10-piece limited edition of a version that is at once luxurious and understated, respectful of tradition and eminently contemporary.
The Compax Limited Edition houses an extremely beautiful movement with a 42-hour power reserve: hand-wound chronograph Calibre UG 84.2. The high-end finishes have been crafted in harmony with the noblest watchmaking traditions: the bridges are rhodium-plated and adorned with straight Côtes de Genève; the rhodium-plated plates are finely sandblasted; and the chronograph mechanism components visible on the bridge side are in hand-drawn and beveled steel. Finally, the chronograph bridge is gilded and engraved with the inscriptions “Universal Genève – UG 84 – 17 jewels”.
Inspired by the modern version of the Aero-Compax 24H launched in 2006, the dial of the Compax Limited Edition is a subtle blend of contemporary and classic features, catching the light with two alternating shades of anthracite. In the centre, the tip of each point of the 12-pointed star touches the Arabic numerals, crossing through the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and the small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The silvery radiance of the 12-hour counter reinforces the overall contrasting effect. The blued steel gleam of the diamond-polished central chronograph hands is elegantly echoed in the 12-hour counter hand and the two pointers at 3 and 9 o’clock.
Available exclusively on a genuine hand-sewn crocodile leather strap with Alzavel calfskin lining, the elegantly understated case is crafted from an exclusive material: 18-carat white gold. The hand-finished pin buckle, also in 18-carat white gold, was designed exclusively for this timepiece. Finally, in addition to the 10-piece limited edition in 18-carat white gold, the new Compax Universal Genève is also available in three other limited series in steel (comprising 190 watches), rose gold (70) and yellow gold (20).
Model: COMPAX LIMITED EDITON
Hand-wound chronograph Calibre UG 84.2 with high-end luxury finishing: rhodium-plated, diamond polished bridges adorned with a straight “Côtes de Genève motif; rhodium plated finely sandblasted mainplate, chronograph mechanism component visible on the bridge side featuring hand-drawn and bevelled steel bridges.
Chronograph bridges gilded and engraved with the inscriptions “Universal Genève-UG 84 – 17 Jewels”
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 21,600 v/h (3Hz)
Jewels: 17 jewels
Time display: Central hour and minute hands, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph: Central chronograph seconds, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Anthracite, with silver-coloured subdial at 6 o’clock, “twelvepointed star” background motif
Hours and minutes: dauphine-type faceted, diamond- polished and rhodium-plated Chronograph seconds: parfil-type in blued steel
Counters: diamond-polished and rhodium-plated for the 30-minute counter and small seconds subdial; blued steel on the 12-hour counter
Round in 18K white gold, cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, exclusive crown and transparent case-back revealing movement.
Water-resistant to 50 metres (5 ATM)
Glossy black crocodile leather strap with exclusive 18K white gold pin buckle
Limited edition of 10, also available in rose gold (70 watches), yellow gold (20 watches) and steel (190 watches)