Chronoswiss Sauterelle Watch - Triumph of Legibility

Aug 05, 2010
At Baselworld 2008, the renowned watchmaker Chronoswiss for the first time announced its intention to produce in-house movements. The new Sauterelle watch, which houses the first brand’s proprietary caliber, is an eloquent testament to Gerd-Rudiger Lang’s ability to be as good as his word.

The fascinating Chronoswiss watch has been offered in two variations, to please different tastes of the discerning public. Customers can enjoy a classic three-hand watch with an alluring dial, performed in black or white. They can also decide on the interpretation, which boasts an unusual regulator dial. The watch case is crafted from stainless steel or 18-karat red gold. On the front sides, the case features a high-grade sapphire crystal.

The special attention-getter of the watch is surely its precisely jumping, centrally positioned second hand. The unusual appearance of this element may cause raised eyebrows and doubts about the brand’s loyalty to the “fascination of mechanics”, the philosophy it has promoted for 25 years. These doubts are totally groundless. In spite of the fact, that the new Sauterelle, meaning “grasshopper “ when translated into English, catches and holds the gaze with its unconventional second hand, its interior life remains purely mechanical.

Equipped with a very large balance with its variable torque and accompanying Breguet overcoil balance spring, the mechanical Caliber C.70/C.71 movement inside the new Chronoswiss Sauterelle watch runs at the rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour.

Developed in partnership with watch technician Karsten Frassdorf, this technically exclusive mechanism ensures that the second hand moves forward every full second with unrivalled precision. The traditional second hand, meanwhile, marches forward in a laidback manner of one-fifth of a second. Encrusted with 31 jewels, the movement has a diameter of 37.3 mm and is 6.38 mm high.

The outstanding caliber is outfitted with an additional gear train, whose wide pallet lever and accompanying escape wheel can be admired through the transparent case-back. The second hand’s accurate jump to the next division mark, printed on the scale on the edge of the pure dial, is assured by five semi-oscillations of the balance, which works in conjunction with a small spring.

The new Chronoswiss Sauterelle watch is also characterized by its user-friendliness, which is attainable due to the “spare-parts storage area”, located inside the movement between the barrel bridge and the third-wheel bridge. The power reserve, provided by this mechanism, constitutes 60 hours.

A triumph of legibility, design and elegance, the Sauterelle watch is gracefully teamed with an imposing leather strap.

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