Into The Blue With The New Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec

Into The Blue With The New Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec

Chronoswiss unveils a new 50-piece limited edition regulator with retrograde seconds in a striking blue aesthetic.

By Sophie Furley

The Chronoswiss Flying Grand Regulator Open Gear Retrograde Second, or for brevity's sake, the ReSec, is the latest edition to Chronoswiss’ Open Gear collection and is perhaps the most eye-catching to date with its all-blue design.

The Dance Of The Hands

Let’s start with the hands, the Open Gear ReSec’s retrograde second hand holds center stage as it travels in a half-circle from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock every 30 seconds before jumping back and starting over. “This ‘jump back in time’ takes a millisecond, and the precision of the watch is well within the +/- 5 seconds per day,” says Maik Panziera, Chronoswiss Head of Design. The seconds are joined by an off-centered hour display at 12 o’clock and a central minute hand. All the hands come in Chronoswiss’ much loved gold-plated Trigano shape, enhanced with Super-LumiNova inlays and tips.

Chronoswiss’s Love For Dials

For this new edition, Chronoswiss combined an innovative three-dimensional dial with traditional, hand-crafted guilloché to amazing effect. The dial is made in the brand’s Lucerne atelier and gives an extremely clear reading of the time thanks to the juxtaposition of the matte-finished hands with the shiny dial. The dial is also adorned with hour markers crafted out of white cylinder-like pegs of Super-LumiNova, giving an exceptional reading in low light. Another nice detail is the open-worked hour sub-dial, revealing the working gears of the movement.

An Electric Blue Case

This electric blue design continues across the 44mm stainless steel case and onion-shaped crown thanks to a CVD coating that brings this dramatic color scheme to the whole timepiece. Turn the timepiece over, and a skeletonized blue rotor with a Côtes de Genève decoration continues the blue theme. The case is also water-resistant to 100 meters, making it tough as well as beautiful.

On The Inside Of The Open Gear ReSec

The Open Gear ReSec is powered by the automatic Caliber C.301 that has a 42-hour power reserve and a stop-seconds function for exact time setting. The finishing and engineering solutions are at a level rarely found in watches at this price point, as can be seen with the finishing of the bridges holding the retrograde complication in place with matte sandblasting, chamfered edges, and polished surfaces. Also of note is that this is the first time that the Open Gear collection has paired a 44mm sized case with an automatic movement.

Autobloc Details

The timepiece is fitted with a chunky hand-sewn Hornback crocodile strap and is held in place by cone-shaped screws that expand into the holes and therefore do not require glue to secure them. This patented feature is known as Autobloc.

The Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec is limited to 50 pieces and presents traditional watchmaking with a modern twist. As Chronoswiss’s CEO Oliver Ebstein puts it, “A mix of new materials, old techniques and contemporary design – this is what it takes to be a modern mechanical brand.”

The Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec retails for CHF and USD 9,900.

(Images provided by Chronoswiss)

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