Chronoswiss SkelTec Azur Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch maker Chronoswiss expands its SkelTec collection by unveiling new model called SkelTec Azur.

The SkelTec watch is celebrated for its extremely reduced, hand-wound movement with an open balance wheel and its organically shaped case with skeletonised lugs. Featuring a black DLC case, the new model highlights a captivating azure color theme.

The 166-part hand-wound C. 304 movement boasts an X-shaped monobloc construction vertically aligning the timekeeping with the open balance wheel while surrounded by contemporary twists on one of the most royal of colours there ever was – that of a sky without clouds. This intense blue was achieved in the past by pulverising the mineral azurite and mixing it with oil to various viscosities.

The extremely minimalist dial is held in place by four bridges in the shape of perimeter triangles placed at 11, 1, 5 and 7.

The black central X gets its matt finish from a chrome coating – a dramatic backdrop to the white lacquered hour and minute hands filled in with Super-LumiNova providing a discreet green lustre in the night. The star-shaped roof of the mainspring barrel, the moving wheels and pivoting pins are plated with rhodium, the extremely stable and corrosion-resistant noble metal with the atomic number 45.

Through the screwed-down case back with sapphire crystal with double anti-reflection treatment you will see a more classical approach to decoration. Equally eye-catching is its satin-brushed finish, with chamfered, polished angles.

The design of the SkelTec case features organic free-flowing forms, which reflect the fluidity of time itself. The sculptural curves of the crown guards exemplify this design approach, which crescendos in the sensually hollowed-out lugs. When these revolutionary elements come together, the overall look is delicate, yet bulletproof, while maintaining the iconic Chronoswiss signifiers.

The strap in calfskin and textile is developed especially for the SkelTec collection, while using Chronoswiss screwed-in lugs with the patented Autobloc system.

Technical details

Model: SkelTec Azur
Reference: CH-3718-BKBLB (stainless steel case with black DLC, and parts with blue CVD coating)

Central hour and minutes

Solid 51 parts, middle part DLC-coated stainless steel, sand blasted matt finish
Bezel, screws and back ring stainless steel with blue CVD-coating
Bezel polished with double anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw-down case back with satin finish and sapphire crystal
Onion crown
Water resistance up to 5 bar
Screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc system
Measurements: Ø 45 mm, height 15.15 mm

Manufacture caliber C.304, hand-wound, skeletonized, 166 components
Diameter: Ø 39 mm
Height: 7.50 mm
Jewels: 21
Balance: Screw balance at 6:00
Shock protection: Incabloc
Frequency: 4 Hz., 28‘800 A/h
Power reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Special features: Skeletonized manufacture movement, open balance wheel, skeletonized spring barrel

Skeletonized, matt blue CVD coating Hands Skeletonized, lacquered, Super-LumiNova inlays

Calf skin and textile

Limited edition of 50 pieces