Basel Preview: Chronoswiss Celebrates 30 Years With New Régulateur 30 Watch

Chronoswiss Regulateur 30 rose goldFor Chronoswiss, the year 2013 marks two important anniversaries: it is the 30th anniversary of the brand’s founding and also the year that the brand’s flagship watch model, the Régulateur, turns 25. The new, limited-edition Régulateur 30 watch, which debuts at Baselworld next week, pays tribute to both milestones.

The Chronoswiss Régulateur 30 has an atypical regulator-dial arrangement, with a window at the 12 o’clock position in which the digital “jumping hours” numerals are displayed, as opposed to a more traditional hours subdial. The largest subdial, with the minutes display, has moved slightly upward from its position on previous models, encompassing the jumping hours window and intersecting the seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The movement that powers this unconventional timekeeper is Chronoswiss’s automatic C.283 caliber.

The eye-catching dial is made of solid sterling silver and features two intricate decorative patterns: a barleycorn guilloché motif emanating from the center, framing the minutes and seconds subdials — a stylistic homage to Chronoswiss’s original Kairos model — and a rarely seen “chessboard” guilloché pattern within the subdials. The feuille-style minutes and seconds hands have been thermally blued and ground by hand to be the precise length for their respective subdials.

The Régulateur 30 will be available only in a limited edition of 130 pieces in a rose-gold case and 300 pieces in a stainless steel case. Each watch will be delivered in a special box with built-in winder (pictured below). U.S. prices have yet to be announced. To see the detailed guilloché on the dials up close, click on the watch photos to enlarge them.

Chronoswiss Regulateur 30 - rose gold case

Chronoswiss Regulateur 30 - steel case

Technical characteristics:

Movement: Caliber C.283, automatic; diameter = 30 mm; thickness = 5.2 mm; 27 jewels; frequency = 28,800 vph; three-legged Glucydur balance; Nivarox I balance spring; Incabloc shock protection; 42-hour power reserveFunctions: Digital jumping hours; minutes and seconds

Case and strap: 18k gold or stainless steel case with polished, flat, screw-down bezel, fully threaded; diameter = 40 mm; thickness = 9.65 mm; screw-down polished caseback; onion-style crown in case material; screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc system; water-resistant to 30 meters; sapphire crystal front and back, with nonreflective coating; on Louisiana crocodile leather strap with pin buckle or folding clasp

Dial and hands: Solid sterling silver dial with guilloche; hand-finished, blued, feuille-shaped hands; unconventional regulator design with jumping-hours window at 12 o’clock

Limited editions of 130 pieces (rose gold case) and 300 pieces (stainless steel case)

Chronoswiss Regulateur 30 watch-winder box
Each watch comes in a box with winder.
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