Jean Depéry, a Swiss micro engineer with a fascination for watchmaking, founded the Geneva-based watch brand Emile Chouriet in 1998 and named his company after an 18th-century watchmaker. It turns out that one of Dépery’s ancestors had produced components for Emile Chouriet. A family-run business today, Dépery has a manufacture in Meyrin, a municipality of the Canton of Geneva, where the brand has developed its first in-house movement. The Classic Chronometer is the latest watch release to join the Lac Léman collection and subscribes to the brand’s policy of elegant, well-finished watches at a reasonable price.
The polished 40mm steel case features Emile Chouriet’s signature stepped wing-shaped lugs, a design feature that appears in all the men’s collections of the brand. Currently, there are 32 models in the Lac Léman collection with a mix of chronographs and more straightforward 3-hand-and-date watches. Case sizes in the collection range from diminutive 28mm – the brand has a strong presence in Asia – all the way up to 42mm and a mix of mechanical and quartz movements powering the smaller 28mm and 30mm diameter models.
The new Lac Léman Classic Chronometer is the first model in the collection to feature a 40mm case diameter and COSC-chronometer certification. It is also the most classical-looking model in the current line-up.
The case and bracelet are well-finished with contrasting polished and brushed surfaces. The rounded bezel and tiered lugs are picked out with a bright mirror-like polish to emphasize their forms while the integrated steel bracelet plays with contrasting satin-brushed and polished lugs. As the most distinctive feature of the watch, the flared, stepped lugs add an attractive touch and give the watch its personality.
Evoking the uncluttered, elegant dials of historic chronometers made in Geneva, the dial is made from white lacquer and features printed slim black Roman numerals. The elongated hour, minute and seconds hands are blued and a discreet date window with a white background is positioned at 3 o’clock.
This Lac Léman model is powered by the EC9312-COSC calibre, an automatic COSC-certified movement based on the ETA 2892. Accuracy is guaranteed to -4/+6 seconds per day and the movement has a power reserve of 42 hours. A reliable and well-known movement that will offer years of service.
The Lac Léman Classic Chronometer has a retail price of CHF 1,600 (excl. tax). More details at emilechouriet.ch.