Thursday, December 13, 2012
Big 30: Chronoswiss Régulateur 30
2013 promises to be an illustrious year for German brand Chronoswiss. It marks the thirtieth anniversary of the brand and it’s the legendary Régulateur’s 25th anniversary too. Therefore, it makes sense to pay tribute to the figurehead of the brand in the shape of the Régulateur 30.
This new anniversary watch is not typical of a Régulateur. The first surprise is that it includes a window at the 12 o’clock position.
It's here that the hour is placed within a Mechanical “digital” display. The minute display has also moved upward a little bit, intersecting the display of seconds.
The Régulateur 30 will be available only in a limited edition of 130 pieces in a red gold case and 300 pieces in a stainless steel case.
The dial is crafted into a lavish barleycorn guilloché pattern cut into the pure Sterling silver dial and emanating from its centre.
This is in homage to the original Kairos model. Both versions also contain a chessboard guilloché pattern within the minute and seconds subdials.
The watch is is completed by thermally blued hands, which have been ground by hand and thus display precisely the right length for the dials’ displays.
Intricate details such as these will continue to play a significant at Chronoswiss now and for the next 30 years and beyond.
Chronoswiss is a German watch manufacturer based in Karlsfeld. The company was founded by Gerd R. Lang in 1983 with its mission being to make exquisite mechanical timepieces. Prior to founding Chronoswiss, Lang had gained significant experience in manufacturing movements for other major brands.
Chronoswiss tries to stay exclusive by only producing 7,000 watches per year. Though a German company, every component is produced in Switzerland and then the watches are hand-finished. While many of the movements used in Chronoswiss watches are based on the Enicar 165 movement, the Chronoswiss versions feature significant improvements, both technically and aesthetically.
Michael Kobold of Kobold of Kobold Watches was trained by Gerd Lang. In the key North American market, the company restructured this year. Oliver Ebstein and his wife Eva have bought and taken over the management of Chronoswiss.
Visit the Chronoswiss website