Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Chocolate
The Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Chocolate is the latest mouth-watering creation from the Swiss marque. The dial encompasses three-dimensional elements, including a funnel-like hour track and cylinder-shaped Super-LumiNova indexes. However, most pertinently, the watch features a chilli and cranberry red dial and 44mm steel case coated in brown PVD.
In 1983, Gerd-Rüdiger Lang established the prestigious watch firm, Chronoswiss. Lang’s designs incorporated a set of design codes which continue to appear on the brand’s models today. These include an onion-shaped crown, knurling adjacent both the dial and caseback and screwed lugs.
Over the years, Lang often enriched his models with slender poire-style hands, guilloché and silver-toned dials. In 1988, the luxury marque unveiled ‘The Régulateur’, ‘the world’s first serially manufactured wristwatch with a regulator-style display’.
Oliver Ebstein acquired Chronoswiss in 2012 and became the CEO of the company. Under Ebstein’s stewardship, the brand relocated to Lucerne in Switzerland. While it continued to uphold many of the design codes established during the Lang era it also began incorporating new aesthetic elements.
The brand introduced its own design of hands incorporating a very distinctive ‘Trigono’ shape and also began exploring the idea of playing with depths and volumes. For example, the brand incorporated its ‘funnel-like construction’ for the hour track and was an early adopter of cylinder-shaped Super-LumiNova indexes. But perhaps most of all, the firm has wholeheartedly embraced the use of colour.
Last year (2019), the brand unveiled the Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec, ‘the world’s first regulator watch with a retrograde second hand.’ Since its launch, this model has been offered with blue, green, red and yellow dial accents, to name a few. Moreover, the case has been presented in an array of colours, including naked stainless steel, black DLC, blue CVD and 18-carat red gold.
Now, the Swiss Maison has released the Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Chocolate, endowed with a mouth-watering chilli and cranberry red dial and paired with a 44mm steel case suffused with brown PVD coating.
The brand’s press release (July 2020)
“What would be a perfect Chronoswiss to wear with your everyday denims? This question began to work on us, and during months of experimental designs we soon realised that the case had to hit the exact colour note of another speciality in our hometown – artisanal dark chocolate,” says Maik Panziera, Chronoswiss head of design, about the latest version of the Open Gear ReSec.
Nicknamed Chocolate, the case is both satin-smooth and scratch-resistant, thanks to a uniquely hued PVD coating inspired by a Grand- Cru dark chocolate bar by Lucerne-based Max Chocolatier. A chilli and cranberry red “dial” gives a fiery impact to the minimalist design void of numerals. “This is actually not the dial, but the mainplate of the mechanical movement. Its structured, fine-grained, powdery appearance is achieved by sandblasting a red varnish mixed with a see-through pigment,” Panziera continues.
The dial side is an action-packed, 42-part construction in several layers. Black bridges support skeletonised open gear train wheels, which power Trigono-shaped hands divided in the regulator manner of hours, minutes and seconds. Solid pieces of Super-LuminNova mixed with zirconium oxide form cylindrical pillars for the minutes and flat blocks for the hour indexes.
On this model which is limited to 50 timepieces, the regulator has been given a hypnotic twist: the second hand is a retrograde. This invention deriving from 17th-century pocket watches means that the second hand runs in a semicircle from four to eight. After thirty seconds it jumps back to begin anew.
The Open Gear ReSec Chocolate is a modern mechanical timepiece made in Lucerne, and it features typical design codes that watch lovers looking for something different have come to associate with Chronoswiss: a regulator complication, three-dimensional dial, onion crown and fluted bezel. “That’s what we do at Chronoswiss. We take inventions from classic watchmaking, but we always do our best to execute them in a unique and contemporary manner,” says Chronoswiss CEO Oliver Ebstein, who took over the company in 2012.
Noteworthy: For new owners of a Chronoswiss Chocolate timepiece, we will also include a year-long quarterly chocolate subscription* from our Lucerne neighbour Max Chocolatier, containing an exclusive selection of seasonally flavoured, hand-made chocolates.