Chronoswiss Tachoscope Audi Centennial edition
The German car manufacturer Audi, which is busy celebrating the 100th anniversary of the marque, has recently partnered with the German watchmaker to present a branded version of the last year’s Chronoswiss Tachoscope regulateur chronograph watch. Just like all Audi’s (except, perhaps, the gorgeous R8 sports car) the restyled watch looks, well, just like an overpriced watch.
While the original Chronoswiss Chronoscope Ref. CH1523 with its silvered dial, blued Poire hands and vintage fonts, looked like homage to early chronograph watches, the Chronoswiss Tachoscope Audi Centennial edition edition looks like just another modern watch that you can find in abundance at any boutique in Geneva, Moscow or Dubai.
Yes, the watch has retained its basic regulator-style layout with centrally positioned minute hand and its vertically aligned hour and seconds sub-dials are still located at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively.
And its only chronograph counter is still operated with a single pusher protruding through the winding crown.
However, the new hands and numerals look just too plain and simple.
Although said to be inspired by instruments of the 1930s Auto Union race cars, in reality they make this, err, product look more like a sophisticated (and hard to read!) pressure gauge, rather than an exquisite timekeeper that it initially was.
Like the original Chronoscope CH1523, the new special edition model is powered by the Chronoswiss Caliber 125 automatic chronograph movement.
Based on Enicar 165 caliber from the 1960s (the German brand acquired a bunch of them in the early 1990s,) the movement has its column-wheel chronograph switching mechanism mounted directly beneath the dial: homage to vintage chronographs from the XIX century.
By the way, do you want to know how a real vintage-inspired timekeeper must look like?
Check the Doxa Chateau des Monts 120th Anniversary model that was, too, revealed earlier this month. That one does look like living classics in my humble opinion.
And they charge €14,900 and €24,900 for the white-gold and platinum versions of this. Well, somebody will even buy it, I suppose.
The original Chronoswiss Chronoscope watch:
Chronoswiss Tachoscope Audi Centennial edition watch’s specification :
Price range: €14,900 to €24,900
Movement: Caliber C.125 based on the Enicar 165 movement
Power reserve: 35 hours
Case material: white-gold or platinum, transparent caseback
Case dimensions: 38 mm
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: N/A
Strap: Black alligator strap with a folding clasp
Tags: 38 mm, Audi, Automatic, Chronograph, Chronoswiss, Tachoscope