Luxury watch maker Chronoswiss is launching a brand-new special edition in cooperation with Thomas D, Smudo, Michi Beck and And.Ypsilon, better known as “Die Fantastischen Vier” (The Fantastic Four): The Timemaster Chronograph Day Date F4.
The famous German hip-hop band, which has just launched its new album “Record” and will be going on a major tour starting in December, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. With over six million recordings sold, ten of which have gone gold and six platinum, as well as numerous other awards, the Fantastic Four are among the greatest bands in German pop history.
From the very beginning, the band members considered only a sporty Timemaster model for their special edition. They eventually selected the Timemaster Chronograph Day Date, which offers a day-of-the week as well as a digital date display in the window at the “3” position. The watch face, with Timemaster’s characteristic striking representation of the four numbers 2, 4, 8 and 10, references the “4” from the band’s live logo.
Besides that, the model has a more minimalist design in keeping with the Fantastic Four’s new look. Michi Beck, the band’s design enthusiast, has chosen mainly classic black-and-white color contrasts. Only in one area do things get a little “louder” – the lettering of the F4 limited Edition comes in fire engine red. In addition, the Super-LumiNova coated elements on the face and hands of the special timepiece, which are white in daylight, glow green in the dark.
Another highlight is the engraving on the back of the striking 44 mm case: Instead of the engraved turbine emblem characteristic of the Timemaster case back, the live logo of “Die Fantastischen Vier” – a striking, polished “4” – is found here as well. The sporty chronograph is available in either a DLC-coated stainless steel case with rubber strap or a steel case with DLC-coated bezel and stainless steel bracelet.
“Die Fantastischen Vier” also helped design the packaging: In keeping with the occasion, the Timemaster Chronograph Day Date F4 comes in an exclusive box with the four musicians’ images on the inside. As a special bonus, four exclusive, previously unpublished photographs of the band, one of them with all band members’ original signatures, are enclosed in a clip frame with each of the 200 sporty chronographs being made.
Model: Timemaster Chronograph Day Date F4
CH 9043 B F4: Stainless steel, bezel with DLC coating, Stainless steel bracelet
CH 9045 F4: Stainless steel with DLC coating, Rubber strap
Central hours and minutes, central chronograph seconds, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter, digital date and weekday at 3:00
Polished solid 52-part case, polished bezel with 5 minutes scale and antireflective sapphire crystal, screw-down case back with full thread and embossing, onion-style crown, screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System, water-resistant to 10 bar
Measurements: Ø 44 mm, height 15.30 mm
Chronoswiss Caliber C.771, automatic
Diameter: Ø 30 mm (13 1/4´´´)
Height: 7.90 mm
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Nivarox I
Fine adjustment: Via excenter cam
Shock protection: Incabloc shock protection
Frequency: 4 Hz., 28,800 vph (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève, ball bearings, polished pallet lever and escape wheel; bridges and plates with perlage
Metal dial, galvanic black, details in white Super-LumiNova and F4 imprint
Hands: Metal hands coated with Super-LumiNova, shape Modern-style
Clasp: Folding clasp