The young Swiss watchmaking brand Blacksand Geneve has been around for only two years, but it has already managed not only to create an easily recognizable identity for its timepieces but also to build its own production facility that allows it to churn out Manufacture-grade in-house movements. Among the first models that will receive the new CAL 2002 hand-wound caliber is the new Blacksand Stratographe chronograph. Featuring a so-called “monopusher” design, the wristwatch uses just a single push-piece in its crown to operate all chronograph functions from “start” to “stop” to the inevitable “reset.”
Like the previous models from Blacksand Geneve, the new Stratographe features a number of elements crafted from scratch-resistant ceramic.
Although ceramic items tend to come from the oven as glossy as they were hand-polished, these particular parts are sand-blasted in order to give them a stealthier, more technocratic appearance that perfectly matches both satin-finished titanium and polished gold.
Yes, according to the Swiss watchmaker, the new watch will be presented in a number of versions including a version with titanium body and a version with titanium mixed with either white or rose gold!
Since the elements of the case are officially called “interchangeable,” there is a good chance that Blacksand will use the same approach as Vacheron Constantin took with its gorgeous Quai de l’Ile model where customer is able to personally build his unique watch combining different parts the way he likes.
Being essentially sporty, the watch is presented in a daringly large body whole 46 millimeters in diameter! Judging by the layout of its dial, a great deal of its internal space is used by the Caliber 2002 that I have already mentioned above.
Built on 26 jewels and running for as long as 50 hours, the caliber sports chamfered plate and bridges with some of its parts, sandblasted, circular-grained and blackened, as well as satin-brushed.
The officially disseminated image of the new Stratographe seems to be computer-generated, so it is difficult to say how readable will be the watch under natural lighting, but I must admit that the timekeeper certainly looks cool and its wide hands are covered with enough luminous substance to make it readable even in semi-darkness, when your night vision is impaired by brightly-lit objects. Like, say, in a movie.
Blacksand Stratographe Hand-Wound Chronograph specification
Movement: Hand-wound, Caliber Manufacture CAL 2002, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand, chamfered plate and bridges; blacked, circular-grained (perlaged,) sandblasted, and satin-brushed parts
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, mono-pusher chronograph, tachymeter
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case: Titanium and Ceramics / Titanium and 18-karat White or Rose gold
Size: 46.00 mm
Dial: Black, grey and purple elements
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black or grey alligator leather strap with matt or shiny finish, purple lining and folding clasp in titanium, rose or white gold
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective