While I do not like Chronoswiss’ vintage-styled models, there is one collection in Chronoswiss’ product range that makes my heart beat faster. It is the relatively new Pacific Collection (Ref. CH 2883 BR) that offers a sporty and energetic, yet discreet and elegant design in a compact, well-executed body.
Both models were delivered in the same stainless steel case 43 mm in diameter, but were powered by different movements: the chrono was animated by the robust ETA Valjoux 7750, and the three-hander sported a simpler (but even more reliable) ETA 2892-A2 movement.
It looks like this year Chronoswiss decided to split the collection in two by introducing a smaller, dressier, only 40 mm in diameter version of the three-hand model, with the larger 43 mm models now transferred into the Grand Pacific collection.
An interesting move, that.
Like the older, bigger model, the new Chronoswiss Pacific Ref. CH 2883 BR is, too, powered by the same ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement and features the same dial layout that, let’s be honest here, still looks somewhat secondary to other similarly styled models.
Its slightly revised minute track somehow reminds me of the gorgeous Omega Hour Vision and the skeletonized hands with faceted hour markers brings in associations with the recently updated technocratic IWC Ingenieur series.
If that doesn’t disturb you, then this beautiful timepiece deserves to be added to your short-list of Dress Watches with a Sporty Character.
The refreshed model also brings new colors: the new Ref. CH 2883 BR features a chocolate brown dial with sunburst finish that nicely corresponds with a leather strap of almost the same color.
While many watchmakers that use third-party movements often install the calibers “as is,” this particular model has the standard black-on-white calendar wheel replaced for a white-on-brown color scheme that, to my taste, makes it look more thoroughbred, more expensive, if you wish.
I am not sure about the price (for some reason Chronoswiss ignored my request for comments, shame on them,) but can make an educated guess that it will cost around $3800 staying on par with the last year’s model of the same functionality.
See also: Archimede Arcadia Chronograph
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
UPDATE June 10th, 2011: I have just been informed that the watch is priced at €2490 and will go on sale by the end of the month. Considering the timekeeper’s technical specs and not terribly original styling, it is a bit overpriced, although it is always for the customer to make a final choice.
Chronoswiss Pacific CH 2883 BR specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber ETA 2892-A2, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Standard finish, branded oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 40.00 mm
Dial: Brown, sun-burst pattern
Hands: Stainless steel, open-worked, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Brown leather
Crystal: Sapphire, domed, antireflective