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Monday, September 14, 2009

Schauer Kulisse Edition 14 Chronograph Watch Collection

From German Schauer watches comes the Edition 14 Chronograph watches from their Kulisse collection . Beautifully rendered to be both modern and utilitarian, the timepieces embody the spirit of functional design simplicity.

Schauer chose to use a modified Swiss ETA Valjoux 7753 automatic movement in the Kulisse Edition 14 watch. Using a high grade version of the movement, the originally tri-compax array of subdials was removed to created a bi-compax subdial layout. This altered the chronograph from having a 12-hour to a 30 minute timing max, but the dial design is clean and invitingly attractive. The left subdial is used for the watch seconds, while the right subdial is a counter for the chronograph minutes.

Looking through the rear of the watch you can view the decorated movement through the sapphire caseback window. Notice the high level of perlage and other polishes on the surfaces, as well as the blued steel screws and signed automatic rotor. Schauer is know for their high grade steel watch cases that offer a superior level of fit and finish. Like the caseback window, the watch crystal is sapphire and slightly domed.

The case is 42mm wide, by 15mm deep, and is water resistant to 50 meters. The bezel has the now signature Schauer screws that doubly serve to enhance the instrumental look of the watch, as well as be additional hour markers. Bezel screws have commonly been a simple, but effective look for creating a more masculine and functional feel to any timepiece. Dial design is superb. Like a sketch pulled from the desk of an architect, the large opens spaces serve as visual breathing room between the slender dials and hour markers. There is a date window carefully inserted at the 6 o'clock position. The Edition 14 watch is a timepiece born for function, and merely is attractive as a positive consequence. Hour markers as well as the hands are covered in C3 SuperLuminova for darkness viewing. Schauer intelligently made the hands very bold and to stand out against the dial for extreme visual clarity. The plump, robust nature of the hands is a charming contrast against the austere dial design - which is available in both black and white. Most other watches of this ilk would have had thin, hard to read hands against this style face, but Jorg Schauer knows better though. Also note how the hands are precisely the right length for the size of a dial, another indication that Schauer watches are designed by a dedicated watch making professional.

In addition to high grade cases and quality dials, Schauer is regarded as maker of fine watch bracelets. The Edition 14 watch has at least four options in the strap/bracelet department. The watch is available with a rubber or leather strap, as well as two metal bracelets. First is the classic mesh steel bracelet (the "Artus") that watch lovers known Schauer to render impeccably using thick metal (this bracelet is available on many of their timepieces). Second is a five link metal bracelet that interestingly uses almost squared links to compose the design - Schauer calls it the "Kubus." All strap or bracelet choices match the style of the watch and dial well.

Prices for the Schauer Edition 14 watches start at about $3,550.

By Ariel Adams

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