Latest News — Chronoswiss



Welcome to the Jungle - Open Gear ReSec Jungle

Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Jungle – presented at Dubai Watch Week and globally available as of today – combines a 17th-century invention with contemporary design while taking guilloché produced by hand to the next level. Deep inside a steamy jungle you take another cautious step on a carpet of fallen leaves, causing a rustling noise which joins the concerto of insect sounds and calls of distant tropical birds. Just as a salty drop of sweat travels down your forehead, you look up into the green and black-shadowed palm-leaf canopy. It almost forms a solid roof, but you can still spot the distant sky where the blue hour is setting in. “The wavy, moiré pattern on this timepiece is emotionally inspired...

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Chronoswiss Opus Chronograph Limited Edition Review. BY WATCHADVICE

Chronoswiss is a Lucern based Swiss watchmaking company that was founded in 1983. Created during a time where quartz timepieces were the popular choice for wristwear, Gerd-Rüdiger Lang founded Chronoswiss, as he believed in the timeless fascination of mechanical timepieces.  Chronoswiss was a brand made for visionaries, pioneers, and nonconformists. They were the first brand to miniaturize the regulator into a wristwatch, and then build a whole collection of watches around this design. Chronoswiss is also a specialist when it comes to skeletonised watches. They have been practicing this craft in watchmaking for more than 30 years, while also giving the skeletonised timepieces a modern twist. For Chronoswiss, the process of skeletonising a watch isn’t just simply removing pieces of...

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CHRONOSWISS GETS CREATIVE & COLOURFUL WITH BOLD 2021 WATCH RELEASES. BY DMARGE

After what’s been a whirlwind few weeks, Watches & Wonders – the industry’s pre-eminent trade show – has finally wrapped up. W&W 2021 was a hybrid conference, with an initial mostly virtual Geneva show followed by a traditional expo in Shanghai. The unique model allowed for a whopping 40 brands to exhibit literally hundreds of watches in some of the most lavishly produced unveilings we’ve seen in a while. With so many watches, you’d think it would be hard to pick a unifying theme, but there’s one standout trend that’s emerged: colour. Lots of colour. Cartier’s eclectic Tank Must collection, Hublot’s eye-catching yellow ceramic Big Bang, Zenith’s luxurious takes on their Defy high-frequency chronograph… Brands didn’t hold back when it came to colourful releases, that’s...

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WATCHES & WONDERS 2021: Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther. By Horologium

Watches, like other inanimate objects, are inherently neutral. Sizing, decoration – these are all a product of socio-cultural and historical influences, and preferences similarly the subjective mix of time, place, and individual. It’s why there are trends, why which watches do well can differ between markets, and why special regional editions exist. So too, is colour. There have been a lot of green dials over the last twelve months, and there’s no reason to think that this won’t continue until the end of 2021, but there have also been some recent bursts of other bright and bold hues, including a number during Watches & Wonders. The influences for some of those colourful new releases have included the 1970s and 1990s, and even the new...

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Chronoswiss - Brazilian Reflection - Open Gear ReSec Paraiba

Turn the Open Gear ReSec Paraiba around in your hands, and the handmade guilloché watch display magically changes from soft turquoise and petrol blue into jungle green and deep purple – the result of relentless experimenting in a field unique to Chronoswiss. The timepiece´s varying hues are as mesmerising as the semi-precious Paraiba tourmaline unique to the Brazilian region. “Chronoswiss is the only brand with colour-shifting, handmade guilloché. And you cannot simulate this effect in any way – you simply have to experiment,” says Chronoswiss head of design Maik Panziera. After months of testing a plethora of treatments, colouring agents, lacquers, finishes, patterns and materials, the most stunning result came from a secret, unique type of nano-decorative chemical vapour deposition....

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Chronoswiss - Back in Black - Open Gear ReSec Black Ice

The Open Gear ReSec Black Ice is a modern mechanical timepiece with influences from historical watchmaking as well as frozen lakes and heavy metal. It is also a reminder that black can have a near-infinite number of shades, depending on surface, texture and materials. Let’s start with the base of the hybrid dial: reminiscent of the first ice on a frozen lake or coarse, glittering, black sand. But despite these natural aesthetics, it takes heavy metal industrial operations to achieve the effect – a complex process involving structure-cutting laser beams and a heavy pressure stamping procedure before the solid metal is dunked into a galvanic bath, which gives it its final pearly lustre. Says Chronoswiss designer Maik Panziera: “This watch...

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Chronoswiss - The Dark Side of Horology - SkelTec Pitch Black

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. “You are not afraid of the dark, are you?” laughs Chronoswiss designer Maik Panziera. For him the SkelTec collection is a modern mechanical canvas, and for the SkelTec Pitch Black he went deep into space and science fiction for inspiration. “This watch is really on the dark side,” he says of the new SkelTec model presented during Watches and Wonders 2021. Let’s start by looking at some of the dark matter: The knurled bezel and onion crown, typical Chronoswiss design markers,...

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Chronoswiss - Royal Blue presents new SkelTec Azur

The Chronoswiss SkelTec collection is celebrated for its extremely reduced, hand-wound movement with an open balance wheel and its organically shaped case with skeletonised lugs. With royal blue colouration added on the new model called SkelTec Azur, the sky is the limit. You could easily mistake the SkelTec Azur for the crescendo of a horological striptease revealing sensually ticking mechanics. But it is more than just a pleasing package. The 166-part hand-wound C. 304 movement is a modern mechanical marvel with an X-shaped monobloc construction vertically aligning the timekeeping with the open balance wheel while surrounded by contemporary twists on one of the most royal of colours there ever was – that of a sky without clouds. Historically symbolising loyalty,...

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Chronoswiss - Think Pink - Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther

With the Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther, Chronoswiss continues its strong tradition with a regulator set-up on distinctive three-dimensional hybrid dials made of handmade guilloché coated with contemporary materials in strong colours. A modern mechanical regulator watch in a black 41-millimetre DLC-coated case with a sparkling pink CVD-coated dial, Chronoswiss Open Gear Pink Panther is not only a colourful timely statement; it is also a celebration of handmade guilloché. The pattern laid down with the aid of a century-old rose machine features a high amplitude – the distance from the centre towards the perimeter – and short length; thus the light reflects vividly while giving you the illusion of a sparkling chessboard. Says Chronoswiss designer and guilloché master Maik...

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Happy Anniversary, Regulator Tourbillon!

In the year 2000 Chronoswiss unveiled the world’s first serially produced regulator tourbillon. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this achievement, Maik Panziera has designed the Open Gear Tourbillon – a modern mechanical timekeeper with a unique regulator set-up, electric blue case and a hypnotising handmade guilloché. Traditionally placed at 6 o’clock, the tourbillon is a perfect ingredient to incorporate in the Chronoswiss design lexicon. “Nobody else makes a tourbillon like ours, with a regulator set-up, open gears and handmade guilloché,” says Maik Panziera, Head of Design at Chronoswiss, about the vertical line-up of the Open Gear Tourbillon. “This half-skeletonised flying tourbillon is completely designed in-house, and it is exclusive to Chronoswiss watches,” he continues. The tourbillon Chronoswiss manufactured 20...

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