Chronoswiss caliber C. 295, automatic, with stop seconds. Frequency: 4 Hz., 28‘800 A/h (semi-oscillations). Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
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.
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.