The latest in the family of RGM chronographs is Reference 400, a new automatic with design cues that hearken back to some of the glory days of classic auto racing. This self-winding marvel blends a functional layout with eye-catching color to produce a bold statement resulting from distinct harmonious elements.
Ref. 400 chronographs represent a slight departure from the previous Professional models, but the attention to detail and the quality remain indisputably RGM. Brushed and polished case elements, a new style of bezel, and the layered construction of the dial are all indications that significant thought and energy has been expended into producing a sporty chronograph with few peers.
The stainless steel case of 42.2 mm x 15.2 mm houses an accurate and reliable high-grade movement, visible though a broad display back. A theme of layering or stacking is continued from the exterior (bezel, pushers) to the face of the watch, whose layered dial and geometric hands allow maximum readability.
Features of the dial include legible and luminous indications, displayed with a style that is colorful and dynamic but avoids becoming obtrusive. The Ref, 400 watches bring a nostalgic style into 21st Century context.
The effect of this watch is clearly influenced by designs of decades past—the age of racing Cobras, the GT40, and CanAm series come to mind–while the product is distinctly modern. This is ensured by the use of sapphire crystals front & back, anti-reflective coatings and the most up-to-date Valgranges Cal. A07.211 movement.
Watches in the Ref. 400 series are available from RGM immediately. Options include dial color choices (Blue, Black, Silver, Orange), various colors and materials for straps, and the willingness of RGM to create custom versions of their watches for discerning customers.