Chronoswiss accelerates into high gear with this new Regulator Classic Carbon Racer, a new watch that shifts the look of the brand’s well-known regulator dial from traditional to sporty.
After expanding the Regulator Classic collection with a new bracelet, shorter lugs and more dial options earlier this year, the Lucerne-based watchmaker now enhances one new 41mm Regulator Classic model with a high-tech carbon mesh dial and an Arabic-marker layout some would liken to a speedometer. And while a regulator dial, with its prominent, separate central minute hand secondary hour and seconds hands, was historically placed on reference clocks for use by watchmakers to quickly read the time while setting new or repaired timepieces, the regulator here easily serves as a visual stand-in for a speedometer, especially given the automotive font used on the dial.
Chronoswiss encourages that comparison further by designing a dial that gathers colors typically associated with motor sport: racing red, white and black carbon. Chronoswiss has devised a customized triangular hand shape it calls Trigono, and both the minutes and hour hands are generously set with SuperLuminova inlays while the running seconds hand is racing red. That color matches the minutes track around the dial and the swatch of red between the 7 and 9 numerals specially added to echo speedometer-revving indicators.
Perhaps the remaining classical feature here, besides the large Chronoswiss onion crown and the partially knurled case, is the central guilloché pattern on the dial that purposefully contrasts with ultra-thin carbon fiber surrounding it.
As a final touch to the sportiness of the Regulator Classic Carbon Racer, Chronoswiss opens up the seconds subdial to display a gear designed to recall a racecar tire rim. The movement attached to that gear is the C.295 caliber with stop seconds, which is an ETA-based caliber and altered by Chronoswiss with a proprietary regulator modification.
As is standard for Chronoswiss, the movement is visible through the clear sapphire caseback, a feature that Chronoswiss pioneered for wristwatches in the 1980s. Chronoswiss sells the new Regulator Classic Carbon Racer with either a steel bracelet or a rubber strap. Price: $4,750.
Specifications: Chronoswiss Regulator Classic Carbon Racer
Case: 41mm by 12.7mm stainless steel with satin finish and polished bezel with partial knurling and curved, double coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal, screw-down case back with satin finish and sapphire crystal, onion crown, water resistance up to 10 bar, strap holders screwed down with patented Autobloc system
Movement: Chronoswiss caliber C. 295, automatic, with stop seconds, engraved, rhodium-plated rotor, with Côtes de Genève and ball bearing; polished pallet lever, escape wheel and screws; bridges and plates with perlage
Dial: Carbon dial, scales with circular-graining, interior of hour with guilloche details, skeletonized small seconds display, hands with new shape (Trigono) are rhodium-plated or lacquered and have Super-LumiNova inlays. Display is off-center hours at 12, central minutes and small seconds at 6.
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet, or rubber strap