The Grand Regulator in its distinctive 44 mm case has been a permanent fixture of the Chronoswiss collection for more than 20 years. In 2017, this classic watch was given an upgrade and has boasted its innovative 3D dial design ever since under the name of Flying Grand Regulator. In addition to this serious timepiece with its stainless steel case and midnight blue dial, two more Flying Grand Regulator versions in bold color combinations will be launched in spring 2019 each of them featuring a DLC coated case.
At a hardness of 5,000 Vickers, a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating comes close to diamond and is extremely resistant to scratches or chemical influences. This process also gives the stainless steel case a dark, almost mystical look which is combined with different colors.
Yellow and black: A strong contrast to the black DLC case, the dial glows in a bold yellow that was created especially for Chronoswiss and perfectly sets off the delicate guilloche pattern. A red accent on the hands and numerals adds variety. 30 watch lovers will be able to get their hands on one of these.
Grey and black: The second new color combination is equally dynamic, combining a galvanic grey dial with a sporty DLC coated case. A fresh splash of turquoise injects some color alongside the red. The turquoise highlights on the dial are mirrored on the stitching of the striking alligator hornback structure strap. This combination is also limited to just 30 pieces, so color fans should not hesitate.
The Flying Grand Regulator is set apart by its intricate dial design featuring several levels: While the lower one is decorated with the characteristic guilloche pattern designed at Chronoswiss´ in-house studio, a second level was designed over it on screw-fastened bases with the scale for the central minute display. The dial is topped off by the funnel-like displays for the hour and second floating above the minute scale.
Chronoswiss’ love of detail and horological finesse is also revealed in the latest addition to the Regulator collection: There is a smaller counterpart under the minute hand that accurately depicts an inverse image of the areas of the minute scale on a central miniature scale.
These are hidden from view due to the overlapping of the large scale with the hour funnel. This trick elicits light-hearted joy for the sophisticated design because the minutes can be precisely read. The aesthetically, sophisticatedly designed hand-wound movement is characterized by a second stop: Pulling on the crown triggers a slide that blocks the balance spring. Thus even the second hand can be stopped and precisely set.
Model: Flying Grand Regulator
CH-6725-GRBK: Stainless steel with DLC coating, black dial, limited to 30 timepieces
CH-6725-YEBK: Stainless steel with DLC coating, yellow dial, limited to 30 timepieces
Off-centre hours at 12:00, central minutes, small seconds at 6:00
Solid 21-part case crafted in stainless steel with DLC coating, with satin finish and polished bezel with side knurling and curved, non-reflecting sapphire crystal; screw-down case back with satin finish and flat sapphire crystal; onion crown; water resistance up to 3 bar; strap bars screwed in with patented Autobloc system
Dimensions: Ø 44 mm, height 12.48 mm
Chronoswiss caliber C. 678, manual winding; modified on Regulator
Diameter: Ø 37,20 mm (ca. 16 ½ ´´´)
Height: 4.50 mm
Balance: Hand-crafted Glucydur balance, with stop seconds mechanism
Balance spring: Nivarox I
Fine adjustment: Swan-neck precision regulator
Shock protection: Incabloc
Frequency: 2,5 Hz., 18.000 A/h (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Finish: Pallet, pallet-wheel and screws polished; plate rhodium-plated and with circular grain; bridges with circular Côtes de Genève
Sophisticated dial construction on several levels. Base in galvanic grey or yellow with guilloche pattern and funnel construction for hour and second displays. Middle level galvanic black with print. Top level minute display, screwed on foundation blocks
Shape Poire Stuart; curved and lacquered, minute hand bent by hand
Hornback crocodile leather; folding clasp with DLC coating