The Wyler Code-R is, basically, the same chronograph model that we have seen before. However, the new version is designed in complete monochrome color scheme combining brushed titanium with PVD (?) coated black steel and black SuperLuminova. Powered by an unspecified Swiss-made automatic movement, the 2010 model features a rather average power reserve of 42 hours and nothing more than a standard list of unctions with two pedal-shaped push-pieces and a standard tri-compax dial layout.
Although it is not clearly seen on the photo, the three sub-dials include a subsidiary seconds display at 3 o’clock, as well as a 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at 9 and 6 hours respectively.
Its transparent case back covered with a sapphire crystal provides an unobstructed view of the mechanism and its oscillating weight, although there is nothing to look at if you don’t count a PVD black oscillating weight with white Wyler logo on it.
The balance wheel of the Code-R All-Black is protected with Wyler’s proprietary time-proven Incaflex anti-shock system. The movement itself is further isolated from occasional shocks with a carbon-fiber resin frame that decouples the movement from the case if it unexpectedly suffers a severe blow.
Although measuring “just” 43 millimeters in width and being equipped with so-called ‘integrated’ lugs that are hidden inside the titanium body, the case is still longer than I care for measuring approximately 52 millimeters from tip to tip. While persons with wider wrists may be okay with the size of this thing, guys with average (and, of course, narrower) wrists should probably try one before ordering the watch (or at least choose a shop with generous return policy) or risk one of the worst cases of buyer’s remorse in their lives.
The Code-R is supplied on a textured rubber strap with a titanium folding clasp.
Well, what can I say?
For a price of about $6000, this is an expensive piece of Swiss watchmaking. However, if you want to get yourself a “sporty-luxury” watch that doesn’t look like thousands of other timekeepers made in the same country, this one may be a more adequate choice than some overpriced Omega or Rolex. Sporting a well-balanced exterior with nice and, well, expensive machine-brushed finish, it looks like it is worth every penny that the brand plans to charge for it.
The only problem that I see here is that going against the flow, you will probably lose a healthy chunk of money when you finally decide to let this one go. The solution? Well, I am fairly sure that there will soon be a great number of used timekeepers in mint condition and with a good discount. If money is an issue, it may be wise to wait a little longer and buy an ahem pre-loved one in a “like new” shape at half of MSRP and spend the rest of the cash for a nice Italian suit.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
All-Black Wyler Code-R Chronograph (ref. R01.C1C.12.00.BA012.RBA) specification
Movement: Automatic, with a full-black open-worked oscillating weight, Swiss Made
Functions & Complications: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Size: 43.00 mm
Hands: Luminous (black Superluminova,) open-worked
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber with a folding clasp in titanium
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective