Vogard, a relatively obscure Swiss brand, will soon present its new Vogard Datezoner Chronograph automatic watch: the first one that lets you set current date not by turning the crown, but simply using the rotating bezel. A very useful complication if you happen to often travel from Tokyo to Los Angeles.
The complication becomes possible thanks to a special synchronization wheel that directly drives the date disk upon activation. A task was not that easy to accomplish, since the leverage provided by the rotating bezel is enough to tear the fragile movement apart.
While many brands, both established and young, often turn to third parties when they need a new complication, Vogard prefers to do this solely in-house.
According to the company, the Datezoner 01 self-winding movement itself is also a 90 percent in-house job with the mainplate, a corner stone of any mechanical movement, done by “a leading manufacturer of aviation components.”
The movement is packed inside a huge, brutal-looking case. Made of titanium carbide, the case is whole 48 mm in diameter, which makes it not just large, but clearly gargantuan, even for a sporty watch.
As usual for the brand, the timekeeper’s signature bezel is decorated with different time zones and the carbon-fiber dial is equipped with a rose gold plaque that imitates a dashboard of a sports car (the same decoration was used on their recent Chronozoner GMT watch.)
As you can see on the photos, the setting crown is for some reason transferred from its usual position to a place at 6 o’clock. This makes setting the time with the watch on your wrist a little difficult, I guess.
At the same time, the chronograph pushpieces are placed at 4 and 8 o’clock, which makes the operation a lot easier.
Vogard Datezoner Chronograph Automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Datezoner 01, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, big date, chronograph
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: Titanium carbide
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold (pictured) / Black steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 48.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Carbon fiber
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire