Baselworld 2016: Chronoswiss the King of Regulator

In 1987 Chronoswiss founder and former owner Gerd-Rüdiger Lang was the very first to introduce a so called Regulator dial in a wristwatch. The extraordinary display won hearts and wrists and became an icon …

 

Today Chronoswiss is owned by Eva Maria and Oliver Ebstein, they bought the company in 2012. The Regulator still is the star of the Chronoswiss collection, especially the new Flying Regulator with its three-dimensional dial.

What is Regulator-dial?

The inspiration comes from so called regulator wall clocks (precision pendulum clocks) that accurately indicated time in watchmaker workshops and observatories during the 19th century. Unlike having a conventional dial, only the minutes are displayed centrally (by way of a hand from the centre), hour and seconds instead can be told from two small, off-centre sub-dials on a level with the “12” and the “6” on the dial.

 

Click on the link below to discover actual manufactured precision pendulum clocks by Erwin Sattler in Munich / Germany with a regulator dial

Erwin Sattler Precision Pendulum Clocks

 

At Chronoswiss the Regulator still is the leading model and therefore it remains the top priority even after a change of ownership and the company’s move from Munich / Germany to Lucerne / Switzerland. The Regulator is not only a sensation in its own collection: since the pioneering work by Chronoswiss, this complication is an indispensable product in every sophisticated mechanical watch brand’s portfolio. Even Patek Philippe has one in its collection …

 

In 2016 the classic Chronoswiss Regulator gets three-dimensional …

Technically speaking there have been three-dimensional elements on the dial before. Thanks to its distinctive, engraved pattern, the guilloche design characteristic for the classic Chronoswiss design line already has a 3D effect. This is further enhanced in the new 2016 models: the design of the Flying Regulator or Regulator Jumping Hour literally jumps out. The striking effect is caused by the construction of bridges carrying the “flying” or rather floating displays for hours, minutes and seconds.

 

Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator

The new Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator features a “flying” minute dial and sub-dials for hours and seconds, which stand out from the guilloche base.

 

18 ct. red gold, dial galvanic silver

Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator
Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator

 

Stainless steel, dial galvanic blue

Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator
Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator

 

Stainless steel, dial galvanic silver

Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator
Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator

 

Stainless steel, DLC coated, dial galvanic black

Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator
Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator

 

Stainless steel, DLC coated, dial galvanic blue

Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator
Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator

 

18 ct. red gold, dial galvanic black

Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator
Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator

 

 

Displays

Off-centre hours at 12:00, central minutes, small seconds at 6:00

Case

Solid red gold or stainless steel case, satin finish and polished, bezel with side knurling and curved, non-reflecting sapphire crystal, screw- down case back with satin finish and flat sapphire crystal, onion crown, water resistance up to 3 bar, strap holders screwed down with patented Autobloc system

Dimensions

Ø 40 mm, height 12 mm

Movement

Chronoswiss manufacture caliber C.122, automatic

Diameter

Ø 26.80 mm (11 3⁄4 ́ ́)

Height

5.30 mm

Jewels

30

Balance

Glucydur, three-legged

Balance spring

Nivarox I

Fine adjustment

Index via eccentric cam

Shock protection

Incabloc

Frequency

3 Hz., 21,600 A/h (semi-oscillations)

Power reserve

Approx. 45 hours

Finish

Rhodium- or gold-plated, skeletonised rotor with Geneva Stripes, ball bearing mounted; circular-grained plate; bridges with Geneva Stripes and circular-grained offsets; gold-plated engraving and jewel settings; polished lever, escape wheel and screws

Dial

Guilloche base with “flying” sub-dial floating above screwed plinths,

galvanised in different colour combinations

Watch hands

Shape Poire Losange; curved and either thermally blued, gold-/ rhodium-plated and diamond cut or lacquered

Strap

Louisiana alligator leather or embossed calfskin

 

 

 

>>> On page two please discover the Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator Jumping Hour >>>

 

 

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4 Comments

  • I nice line of good looking Swiss ladies, the issue if you want to date one of them, you need a fat bank account.

  • Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Regulator with 3D effect looks just fabulous, especially in galvanic blue dial.

    But, as Alan Adler has already mentioned, reading time on regulator dials at a glance is rather difficult.

    Thanks a lot Alexander, enjoyed your write-up immensely!

  • The flying Swiss in red gold with galvanic silver dial is beautiful. The three dimensional effect is a tour de force.
    Well done!

  • I’ve had a fascination for regulator dials and have collected four wristwatches of this type. But despite my fascination, the cold fact is that they are substantially more difficult to read.

    When in motion, such as walking or driving, a glance at the dial is not sufficient to tell the hour. Ditto in poor light.

    Alan

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