Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day
The Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day is a limited edition timepiece, created to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Chronoswiss, the Swiss watch brand renowned for regulator watches.
This detailed review of the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day includes live images, specification details and pricing.
In Madeira, there is a luxurious hotel perched on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. Reid’s Palace proves a restful haven for travellers seeking peace and quiet. Indeed, it was ‘Reid’s’, it’s preferred name for those in the know, where the late politician, Sir Winston Churchill chose to write his memoirs. Founded in 1891, the establishment has always been regarded as the island’s finest hotel.
Despite its many attributes, Reid’s is synonymous with one thing in particular, afternoon tea. Smartly attired waiting staff present cake stands bedecked with neatly-cut sandwiches, scones, jam and mouthwatering cakes. Pots of tea and Champagne-filled flutes provide a seemly means of refreshment. Conversations are muted, while in the background a pianist unobtrusively plays light music. Partaking in afternoon tea at Reid’s is a very civilised affair.
My point is that some products or services are closely associated with an institution or company. Chronoswiss is indelibly linked with regulators. The Swiss watch company unveiled is first regulator 30 years ago and since then has gone on to release many other examples of this horological genre.
Regulator clocks, and subsequently wristwatches, were historically used as a point of reference when setting other clocks or watches. Their precision was of the highest order and their design assigned great importance to the minute hand with hours often relegated to a smaller offset display.
Chronoswiss was founded in 1983, some 35 years ago. To mark this landmark in the company’s history, the brand from Lucerne has released a special regulator, limited to 50 timepieces. The Flying Regulator Night and Day is housed in a stainless steel case with a black galvanic dial.
The dial of the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day is predominantly black, a very dark shade of black. This hue provides superb contrast with all the other colours employed on the dial.
A leaf-shaped hand is positioned at the fulcrum of the dial. Its surface is highly polished and its central area is lined with luminescent fill. Luminous indices, in dot-like form, are located on the chapter ring. Smaller dots and white strokes indicate individual minutes and parts thereof.
Below noon, a deep cherry-red hour track grabs attention with its vibrant tincture of rouge. The hour track tapers downwards towards the centre of the display. Again, a leaf-shaped hand articulates each hour. The cherry-red hour track sits above the dial surface, mounted on silver-coloured feet. By placing the hour track on high, Chronoswiss has masterfully played with depths, heightening the visual allure of the dial.
A small seconds display is positioned in the lower portion of the dial. The profile of the black-toned display employs the same ‘funnel-shaped’ design as the hour track. In this instance, the display is open-worked, granting sight of the seconds wheel. The hand on the seconds display, while remaining silver coloured, is of a different design to the aforementioned leaf-shaped hands.
Adjacent the onion-shaped crown is an altimeter-style date display. This date display transcends the typical single date indication at 3 o’clock, providing an eye-catching mien. Indeed, Chronoswiss has imbued this model with a number of smile-inducing details.
However, the pièce de résistance has to be the day/night display. It employs a three-dimensional design with a semi-circular shroud, partially masking the spherical depiction of day and night. The day indication is presented in titanium and sports a gleaming metallic appearance. The night indication replicates a nocturnal sky, adorned with luminous stars which glow in restricted light. The edge of the day/night display sits beneath the small seconds display, which in turn resides underneath the hour track.
Similar to a painting by a great artist, the dial of the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day cleverly manipulates different depths, conferring an interesting perspective for the onlooker to enjoy.
The case of the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day is complex, consisting of 16 pieces. Measuring 41mm in diameter, with a case height of 13.85mm, the watch is not unduly large and should suit a broad range of would-be wearers.
The upper sapphire-crystal sits high above the dial surface. The bezel is highly polished and arcs downwards towards the case-band where it meets a knurled circlet. A second ring of knurling delineates the case-band from the case-back.
Chronoswiss has juxtaposed highly polished and satin-brushed surfaces. The case-band and lug flanks feature a vertical satin-brush, providing contradistinction with the bezel and upper lug surfaces. Employing two finishes in close proximity proves more challenging and time-consuming, however, Chronoswiss has shown it is clearly up to the task.
A trait of this watch is its ubiquitous elegance. From the aforementioned knurling to the elongated form of the lugs, everything exhibits notable grace.
The hand-sewn Louisiana alligator-leather strap is securely retained with highly polished screws, a specification detail which surpasses mere spring bars.
An exhibition case-back affords views of the self-winding movement within.
The automatic caliber C.296 features a vivid red, open-worked oscillating weight adorned with Côtes de Genève motif. The bridges are decorated with perlage. Adjacent the main plate, numerals and text identify the watch as a limited edition model, made to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Chronoswiss.
A hacking seconds allows the wearer to precisely set the watch with a reference clock. Affixed to the base movement is a module for the day/night display. Chronoswiss state the module is a ‘completely in-house development’, from design to its ultimate construction.
The balance oscillates with a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 27 jewels. The sole barrel is capable of providing 42 hours of autonomy.
Over the last 35 years, Chronoswiss has produced an array of models, endowed with a variety of complications, including chronographs and GMTs. However, the Swiss company will forever be associated with the regulator. Indeed, this is a speciality of the Swiss maison and, as the Flying Regulator Night and Day illustrates, a horological category Chronoswiss has mastered wonderfully.
The case of the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day is beautifully formed with sublime proportions and exquisite detailing, such as knurling on the case-band. The Swiss brand has successfully blended highly polished and satin-brushed surfaces, often in close proximity.
However, the single most impressive aspect of this watch is the dial area. Chronoswiss has positioned each indication at a unique elevation from its neighbour. The resultant arrangement wonderfully utilises different heights to confer interest; this is a dial which draws the wearer’s eye to each constituent part of the display.
While the centrally-mounted minute hand takes prominence, the other indications continue to stand out. Moreover, the day/night display cleverly plays with volumes, granting an eye-catching and user-friendly indication.
A sense of quality pervades the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day, making this a fitting record of 35 years of watchmaking.
- Model: Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Night and Day
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 41mm; height 13.85mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 10 atm (100 metres)
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; day/night indicator
- Movement: Caliber C.296; self-winding movement; power reserve 42 hours
- Strap: Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap
- Price: €6880 (RRP as at 8.6.2018)