The Brigadier Chrono marks the revival of Patria, the traditional Swiss watch brand founded in 1892 in Bienne. Once specialized in the manufacturing military trench watches which were used extensively in the First World War, Patria shares a common founder, Louis Brandt et Frère with Omega SA. The Patria watch brand however closed its operations in 1940s. Now, after more than 60 years of its disappearance from the industry, the brand has been now revived with the launch of Brigadier Chrono collection.
Brigadier is the first new-generation model of Patria Watch Co. It carries the legacy of Patria watches and the distinct characteristics of the historic watches that were shaped on the battlefield. Brigadier is adapted for a present-day market and is updated with features such as 50M water-resistance, date feature, automatic-winding and display back.
The Brigadier has a 42mm 5-piece stainless steel case with expertly-crafted lugs, featuring sweeping, concave-profiled chamfers. The case also features a box sapphire crystal on the front with 8 layers of AR coating and also a double-domed sapphire crystal on the caseback with 5 layers of AR coating.
The Patria Calibre PA-16 features a column wheel for operating the chronograph. The column wheel is heated to blue by intense heat treatment. The mainplate is hand-finished in perlage and the bridges are all finished with a circular côtes de Geneve finish and treated with rhodium.
The 35 jewel PA-16 also features a flyback cam which is heated to cobalt blue along with all of the screws in the movement to match the blue column wheel.
The dial of the Brigadier is white enamel. The numerals are finished with hand-applied Swiss Super-LumiNova in ‘GL Old Radium’ to match the appearance of the radium numerals on the original watches.
The hands are heat-blued steel with the hour and minute hands filled with ‘GL Old Radium’ Swiss Super-LumiNova.
The strap is made from molded full-grain Italian leather, waxed on its edges and features quick-release spring bars. The buckle is a solid 316L stainless steel tang type. The Brigadier is presented in a genuine burl walnut wooden box with suede interior.