Inspired by science fiction, the latest Chronoswiss SkelTec collection is taking its open-worked horology into the dark. Matt black parts make an extremely reduced and see-through timepiece with a hand-wound 166-part movement housed in an organically shaped 51-part case.
Presented during Watches and Wonders 2021, this new SkelTec model’s knurled bezel and onion crown, typical Chronoswiss design markers, are, as all 51 parts of the case, coated with black DLC.
An added value for the lugs is that they use the patented Autobloc system for an extremely secure fixture of the band: a leather-lined textile strap with folding clasp, developed exclusively for the SkelTec collection.
The SkelTec Pitch Black features a 45mm diameter case. The minimalistic hand-wound C.304 movement operating at 28,800 vph was designed in the Lucerne atelier and is exclusively used for the SkelTec collection. The first thing you notice is the open screw balance at 6 o’clock, reminiscent of a black hole.
Just below the balance, and at 11 and 1, you will find the triangular bridges that anchor the fundamental parts of the movement, including the balance, the main spring and the halo-like minute ring with white numerals.
The central, soot-black X-shape – achieved with a chrome coating – carries the white-lacquered hands filled in with black Super-LumiNova. The wheels are covered with a dark grey rhodium coating and a circular grain, whereas other parts are sunray brushed.
Model: SkelTec Pitch Black
Reference: CH-3715M-BKBK (stainless steel version with black DLC coating)
Solid 51 parts, DLC-coated stainless steel, sand blasted with matt finish
Bezel with double anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw-down case back with satin finish and sapphire crystal
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: 7.5 mm
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
Central hour and minutes
Skeletonized, matt black chrome coating
Skeletonized, lacquered, Super-LumiNova inlays
Calf skin and textile
Limited edition of 50 pieces