The dressy, vintage-styled Chronoswiss Kairodate Big Date (ref. CH-3523.1) is powered by the same ETA-based Caliber C351 automatic movement that also ticked inside their 2011 TimeMaster Big Date model, but features a completely different exterior. While some people may call it archaic, I would say that this is a timeless classic designed for men who have already successfully resolved their first midlife crisis.
The formerly German and now Swiss-based watchmaker has finally introduced a chronograph model into its Kairos range. The new Chronoswiss Kairos Chronograph (ref. C7541-KR) sports all the goodies you can expect from the brand that deals only in highly-exclusive, daringly-luxury timekeepers: a heavily, yet meticulously guilloched solid silver dial, Breguet-type blued hands that look like they were heat-treated, and, of course, the traditional onion-shaped setting crown that is here to operate a high-quality Swiss-made automatic movement.
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.
The vintage-styled Chronoswiss Balance Double Retrograde Chronograph features a display that resembles wings of a butterfly. Powered by the new La Joux-Perret Caliber 8310 self-winding movement (actually, Chronoswiss has become the first brand to actually implement the caliber,) the new timepiece features a perfectly balanced combination of a chronograph with a pair of retrograde indicators.
Chronoswiss -a luxury brand that was established almost three decades ago in Munchen, but then moved to its current location in Lucerne, Switzerland- will soon start selling the new Pacific Collection that includes a pair of chronographs and a three-hander. As usual, all versions are powered by Swiss-made movements. According to the officially disseminated specification lists, the new timekeepers will be presented in slightly oversized bodies 43 millimeters in diameter that seem to be absolutely adequate for the sporty-styled watches with their aggressive color accents and energetically sculpted elements.
The Chronoswiss Sirius Triple Date (ref. CH 9341 R) may be a nice choice for those looking for a vintage-styled timepiece if what they want is a timekeeper in a compact, deliciously slim body offering an easy to read dial with a classic layout and a bare minimum of complications limited to a full calendar and a moonphase indicator. Or, putting it in a more digestible form, it’s a great choice for a person in search for a classic watch with modern guts!
Audi, a German luxury brand, which right now is busy celebrating the 100th anniversary of the marque, has recently partnered with the German watchmaker Chronoswiss to present a co-branded version of the last year’s Tachoscope regulator-style chronograph. Just like the most recent generation of Audis (except, perhaps, for the gorgeous R8) the restyled watch looks, well, just like another overpriced German chronograph: an artifact that oozes perceived quality, but is otherwise absolutely nondescript.