Continuing a tradition initiated in 1987, Chronoswiss is mostly known for its regulator timepieces. In 2019, the brand presented the Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec, a watch that added a playful retrograde second indication to its signature display. Its seconds hand sweeps 120 degrees for 30 seconds before jumping back to zero. The “Open Gear” architecture consists of a raised, tridimensional hybrid dial set-up. Made of 42 parts, it also serves as a module plate holding the regulator and retrograde seconds mechanism. Several editions of the Open Gear ReSec have been presented. The new “Kingfisher” stands out with a vivid blue and coral orange colour scheme reminding of the plumage of the beautiful bird.
The blue and orange hues of the Kingfisher are achieved via Chemical Vapor deposition. The hand-guilloché dial, funnelled sub-dials and bridges are all CVD-coated to create unique metallic colours. The use of orange luminescent material for the hands and block-shaped indices allows for enhanced readability in all conditions. A small plate at 3 o’clock features the individual limited-edition number of the watch.
Presented in steel, the 44mm cylinder case features the brand’s signature onion crown, straight lugs and side knurling. The water resistance is rated 100m / 10 ATM.
Flip the watch over and the exhibition caseback shows the automatic calibre C. 301. This movement is based on the ETA 2895 with a proprietary regulator and retrograde seconds module. Its frequency is of 4Hz and its power reserve of 42 hours. The hacking second mechanism allows for precise setting of the time. If the decoration is overall traditional (with Geneva stripes and perlage), the skeletonized rotor has been orange-coated.
Released in a limited edition of 50 watches, the Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Kingfisher is worn on a marine blue hand-stitched Cordura strap fitted with a steel folding buckle. The price is set at EUR 9,500. For more information, please visit www.chronoswiss.com.