This year Swiss watch maker Eberhard & Co. welcomes a new “camouflage” edition to their Contograf collection.
The Contograf chronograph was the key model launched by the Swiss watchmaker in 2014, a re‐edition of the 1960s classic which became an emblem of its time thanks to its innovative characteristics, in the pure style of a company which has always been ahead of its time. It retains many of the original features from the vintage model, but updated with a contemporary look and innovative details like the ceramic bezel with unidirectional rotation, the bracelet and the strap.
The Contograf Special Edition maintains the technical features of the original Contograf but represents an aesthetic evolution thanks to a fashion twist which gives it an intense look. A perennial trend in sophisticated wardrobes which has long been a source of inspiration among stylists and designers, camouflage is the mimetic style consisting of characteristic coloured shapes, typical of military uniforms designed to merge into the background during operations. Over time it has undergone a transformation, losing the aggressive spirit of its origins and becoming a fashionable style, one of the essential elements of clothing and accessories.
The new watch has two green counters and a trapezoidal date window at 6 o’clock, with a fast changing date. The ceramic bezel with unidirectional rotation ‐ available in dark green or black ‐ serves as a frame for the tachometer scale inspired by automotive design. The caseback is screwed‐in and is engraved with the words “Special Edition”. The new edition comes with a strap in military green rep fabric, perfectly coordinating with the dark green bezel or the CHASSIS® steel bracelet which emphasizes the black bezel.
Model: Contograf Special Edition
8147 calibre (ETA 7750 13¼)
Mechanical automatic‐winding chronograph 2 counters (30 chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock ‐ running seconds at 9 o’clock) ‐ fast‐changing date window at 6 o’clock. Central hand for the chronograph seconds
Total diameter of the case: 42 mm
Thickness of the case: 14.70 mm
Caseback: steel, screwed‐in, personalised with the inscription SPECIAL EDITION
Bezel: anticlockwise unidirectional rotation, in black or dark green colour. Steel base with external teeth, black ceramic insert with numerals, small indices of the hours and 12 o’clock triangle
Water‐resistant: 50 m
Crown: steel, screwed‐in, water‐resistant, personalised with an ‘E’ in relief
Glass: anti‐reflective domed sapphire
“Camouflage” in green tones, with green counters, 9 applied black indices, faceted
“Special Edition” written in white
Date window at 6 o’clock, with particular trapezoidal shape, applied outline and date numbers in red
Minutes counter at 3 o’clock showing the duration of a telephone call unit which lasted for 3 minutes in the 1960s.
Tachometer scale base 1000 km/h
Hands: “dauphine” style, hours and minutes in black, with luminescent treatment; leaf shaped counters hands, black central hand for chronograph seconds
Strap: in military green rep fabric. Clasp personalised with ‘E&C’
Bracelet: “Chassis®”, in steel, 3 links. Déclic® deploying buckle – Patented ‐