Introducing the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther Limited Edition
Tuesday - 13 April 2021
Displaying separate sub-dials for the hours, minutes and seconds - the vibrant Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther watch is limited to just 50 pieces worldwide and celebrates a centuries-old hand-guilloche technique.
Limited to 50 pieces worldwide, the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther is not merely a vibrantly-coloured statement piece but is also a celebration of a hand-guilloche technique that has featured before in the Lucerne brand’s exquisite catalogue of horological delights. The sparkling pink CVD-coated dial collides with a stealth-like black DLC-coated stainless steel case to create a striking statement that guarantees uncompromised accuracy. The regulator is a unique display that focuses on singling out the minutes, seconds and hour functions into sub-dials. The unique architecture of the new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear watch serves as a three-dimensional platform for keeping track of the passing hours, minutes and seconds of each day. Typically, the Chronoswiss watch from the revered Open Gear collection boasts some recognisable hallmarks, namely the knurled bezel, complex multiple-piece case construction and unmistakable strap holders integrated with a very impressive patent.
The chessboard effect
The new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther features a captivating dial whose pattern is laid down by a centuries-old technique. Certain to appeal to collectors with an interest in traditional Swiss watchmaking skills, the artisan dial is hand-executed and pays homage to time-honoured techniques that are sadly becoming phased out within the industry. The meticulous process involved in achieving such a captivating finish on the dial is no mean feat but it has been refined and mastered by skilled craftsmen at Chronoswiss’ ateliers. The centuries-old rose machine operates on high amplitude and applies the unique pattern upon the surface of the dial in short lengths to create a shimmering chessboard effect. Guilloché master, Maik Panziera explains in more detail…
“Pink can be kind of childish and Barbie-like, and that is a hue that I dislike. But the Pink Panther dial is kind of noble, and it connotes values of ancient wealth.”
The inspiration behind the shade of pink used for the design of the new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear watch spans back to mid-18th century traditions where pink was associated with masculinity, strength and class. In more recent times the colour pink has marked an unconventional transition from a girl’s colour to an acceptable masculine shade since featuring throughout the punk rock age and in the 1960s Pink Panther cartoon series.
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The three wheels governing the hour hand are exposed through the dial side of the new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear watch, which doubles up as a module board for the regulator. The skeletonised train wheel bridges are held in place by hand-polished screws and the hour hand makes its way around a sub-dial transformed into a funnel-shaped design. Overall, the dial is the result of a 42-piece multilevel construction. The bottom layer of the dial features the hand-guilloché part, with pink CVD coated finishes. The upper level features the skeletonized bridges. Furthermore, “Trigono”-shaped hands have been lacquered and inlaid with Super-LumiNova material to assist with legibility during the night.
This shade of pink is likely to have never been seen in watchmaking before. Its exact shade has taken some trial and error to achieve. Maik Panziera explains more:
“A lot of people want mainstream watches. We are not for them. Our nonconformist timepieces are made in small series – normally 50 or 35. With the Open Gear Pink Panther, I set out to make a modern mechanical black watch with a pink dial. And I have never seen this pink in watchmaking – thus I think that we have achieved a great, timeless version of a colour with an interesting history”
The engine running the new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther watch is the automatic stop-second calibre C.299. The movement is modified from the ETA 2895 but features a fully developed regulator mechanism, designed in-house by the brand. In addition to an impressive performance of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 42 hours, it also features an open-worked rotor and finishes carried out in a mix of Côtes de Genève and colimaçon (or spiral) pattern. Some of the components of the movement are also represented in the same pink CVD coating as seen on the dial to complete an eye-catching finish on the wrist. To be more precise, the movement features a polished pallet lever, 31 jewels and comes protected inside Incabloc technology, shielding the delicate internals from shock and impact. The escape wheel, screws, bridges and plates are enhanced by the spiral-like colimaçon decoration.
Protecting the movement from moisture, heat, light, dust, shock and denting is the 100-meter water-resistant case of the new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator watch. This housing is crafted from stainless steel and finished with a stealthy black DLC coating topped and bottomed with sapphire crystal glass. This strong material enables a clear look into the dial thanks to a layer of anti-reflective technology. Both the front and back of the case enable a clear view into the performance of the Cal.299. The case comprises a 16-piece construction with partially knurled and curved elements, a satin-finished caseback, an onion-shaped crown and boasts strap holders that have been screwed down by the brand’s patented Autobloc technology.
The new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther Limited edition watch is completed on a stylish black rubber-on-leather strap with hand-sewn stitching. More information on the new model can be explored here or why not call our Jura Watches sales team on 01335 453453 to secure yourself one of the 50 available pieces today?
Technical Specifications of the new Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Pink Panther Limited Edition watch:
- Dial: Elaborate two-level construction – bottom level pink CVD coating with hand-guilloche effect – upper level featuring screwed-on skeletonised train wheel bridges – funnel-like hours and seconds display – “Trigano”-shaped hands, lacquered and filled with Super-LumiNova
- Case: Stainless steel – 16-piece – black DLC coated – 100-meter water-resistant – anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front and back – onion crown – satin-finished and polished parts – strap holders screwed down with the patented Autobloc system
- Movement: Automatic Chronoswiss Calibre CAL.299 – 28,800 v.h.p – 42-hour power reserve – Cotes de Geneve decoration – polished pallet lever - escape wheel, screws, bridges and plates finished with colimaçon - skeletonized and CVD-coated pink rotor
- Strap: Black rubber-on-leather - hand-sewn stitching
- Availability: Limited to 50 pieces
- Price: £8,200