Chronoswiss Regulator Classic Blue Steel, Blue Dashboard of Time.
Blue has made a huge comeback in the watch world. On the Chronoswiss Regulator Classic Blue Steel the complex colour that first appeared 4,200 years ago in Egypt has been applied to the case, bezel, crown, dial, subdial, hands, lume and strap. Is this the bluest watch in the world?
First, let’s look at the regulator complication – a Chronoswiss speciality – atop the midnight blue galvanised dial. Just like a car separates the speed from the tachometer, the regulator has separate hands for hours, minutes and seconds – we like to think of it as a dashboard of time. The regulator has a 200-year history as a precision instrument, serving as the time reference in watchmakers’ workshops. Not only was it accurate, but this symmetric asymmetry also makes for an extremely legible time reading – especially given the large minute hand and the fact that it overlaps the hour hand only once every six hours.
To ensure contrasting blues for uncompromised legibility, the hands are lacquered in a brighter shade. The central, trigon-shape minute hand sweeps the entirety of the galvanised midnight blue dial, and the hour subdial has been ornamented with a sophisticated guilloché. Another highlight is the skeletonized small second display at 6:00, enabling you to catch a glimpse of the automatic movement from the dial side.
Steel blue is the nuance used on design details that make a Chronoswiss watch instantly recognisable: the fluted case sides and the generous onion crown, the latter an homage to old pilot watches. The steel blue is not just for looks – it is a PVD treatment, which resists the scratches we are all familiar with from wearing a watch in everyday life.
The Regulator Classic Blue Steel is held in place with a hand-stitched alligator strap coloured with several layers of midnight blue and black. This manual, time-consuming colouring process makes every strap unique and pays tribute to the brand ́s philosophy of true craftsmanship, in other words, “Handwerkskunst” at its best.
And finally: to make sure the time is legible well beyond the blue hour, the hour and minute hands and the index dots are painted with an intense blue Super-LumiNova®.
Lucerne-based Chronoswiss, founded in 1983, is an independent creator of modern horology. It utilises a mix of the newest technologies and classical artisanal handcrafts such as guilloché and enamelling to create timeless, yet distinctively contemporary non-conformist designs. We like to call it “Handwerkskunst” of the 21st century.
Reference No.: CH-8776-BL Stainless steel with PVD coating
Displays: Off-centre hours at 12:00, central minutes, small seconds at 6:00
Case: Solid stainless steel case with blue coating PVD, with satin finish and polished bezel with partial knurling and curved, double coated anti- reflective sapphire crystal, screw-down case back with satin finish and sapphire crystal, onion crown, water resistance up to 10 bar, strap holders screwed down with patented Autobloc system
Measurements: Ø 41 mm, height 12.7 mm
Movement: Chronoswiss caliber C. 295, automatic, with stop seconds
Diameter: Ø 25.6 mm (ca. 11 1/2 ́ ́ ́), impulse-angle 51°
Height: 4.35 mm
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Nivarox 1
Fine Adjustment: Via Excenter
Shock protection: Incabloc
Frequency: 4 Hz., 28‘800 A/h (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Special features: Engraved, rhodium-plated rotor, with Côtes de Genève and ball bearing; polished pallet lever, escape wheel and screws; bridges and plates with perlage
Dial: Galvanic blue dial, scales with circular-graining, interior of hour display with guilloche details, skeletonized small seconds display
Hands: Shape “Trigono”; lacquered; with Super-LumiNova® inlays
Strap: Louisiana alligator leather, hand-sewn and dyed by hand