The 2018 edition of America’s luxury watch show, WatchTime New York, is almost upon us, opening its doors on October 26th at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall, as we continue to spotlight important new timepieces you’ll discover there from the 31 exhibiting brands. Today we showcase the latest limited edition of Chronoswiss’s Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton.
Lucerne-based Chronoswiss has long been recognized for its key role in re-introducing the classic regulator-style timepiece — the descendant of 19th-century clocks with hours, minutes, and seconds on separate subdials, and the minute hand emphasized, used for reference to adjust individual watches — to modern audiences. Since 2014, it has also offered skeletonized versions of its well-known regulator dial, the latest being this edition for 2018, limited to just 30 pieces and housed in a 44-mm stainless steel case, with satin-brushed and polished finishes, composed of 21 parts. The knurled finish on the sides and vintage-look onion crown, longtime Chronoswiss hallmarks, add to the case’s distinctive look. The silvered, openworked dial, described accurately by Chronoswiss as “barely existent” offers an eye-catching look at the watch’s mechanical heart.
Inside the case is the manual-wound C.677S caliber, whose plates, bridges and gear wheels have been painstakingly skeletonized. The movement is equipped with a stop-seconds function, a hand-crafted Glucydur balance, Nivarox shock protection, and a swan’s neck fine adjustment system. It stores a power reserve of 46 hours, beats at a 18,000-vph frequency, and boasts polishing on the screws and circular graining on the bridges. On the dial side, the multi-level construction features funnel-type subdials for the hours and seconds; classical blued “poire Stuart” hands sweep over the main dial and subdials to indicate the hours, minutes, and seconds. An additional, smaller red minutes hand supplementing the large central minutes hand, allowing legible reading of the area of the minutes scale obscured by its overlap with the hours subdial.
The Chronoswiss Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton 2018 Limited Edition is mounted, via a patented screw-bar system, on a saddle brown hornback alligator leather strap with a steel folding clasp. If you’re interested in seeing this extremely limited timepiece up close, don’t delay: order your tickets for WatchTime New York 2018!