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Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour Watch

Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

While regulator watches used to be something of a rarity, we are now seeing more of them appear. These are the watches based on clocks watchmakers used in the past, with a rather prominent minute hand that was easily seen, allowing the watchmaker to regulate whatever was on their workbench against this standard reference. Having this implemented in a watch can make some sense, as the minutes are generally the first thing we look for. Combining a jump-hour complication into the mix gives us the new-release Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour watch.

Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

Chronoswiss is a brand we do not hear too much about, but they have been quietly producing rather nice (and competent) luxury watches since 1983. This latest one, the Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour, is part of the Artist series. While a lot of attention could be given to the complications in the movement, there is very much an aesthetic focus here as well. On the dial, we have a combination of guilloche and enameling, which is not something I believe I have seen before. Here, in the blue iteration, it gives very much the feeling of rippling water, with the sterling silver dials (which also have a guilloche pattern on them) looking like stones that are causing those ripples. In the photos, this is a rather beguiling effect, and one would hope that it is all the more impressive when seen in person.

The flip side of the watch also gives a show (or so we’re told, as no photos were provided) as the bridges of the C.283 automatic movement in the Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour have been beveled and spent some time at the guilloche machine as well. This movement provides a 42-hour power reserve while driving the jumping hour, off-center minutes, and the sub-seconds. All tucked into a 40mm case that is under 10mm thick, the Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour certainly seems like a dressier piece to accompany you on a night out on the town.

Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

The version of the Chronoswiss Artist Régulateur Jumping Hour that we have focused on here has a polished steel case, and carries a price tag of €12,600 (currently about $13,900). If you prefer, you could instead opt for a case made of 18k red gold with the enameled dial in white; pricing for that version is €22,650 (about $24,900). While this may be an interesting palette in and of itself, for me, the real star is that blue, rippling-water dial. While Chronoswiss may not be on everyone’s radar, they should be if you consider yourself a connoisseur of luxury watches, as they offer up something different than you might see from other brands. chronoswiss.com

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  • trj66

    Chronoswiss has been around for thirty years and not only since 2012; the company was sold by the founder Gerd – R. Lang in 2012… The company’s claim to fame has always been the guilloche (and the regulateurs).

    Happy New Year!

    http://www.chronoswiss.com/en/company/history.html

  • BNABOD

    the back side of this one (not shown) is actually rather nice with very prominent guilloche. way to dressy for me but the pictures do not do this watch justice. I would drop the onion or at least shrink it a bit but aside from this a nice offering from Chrono Suisse.

  • simon

    Sadly, this is a company that should have taken it to the next level when Gerd R Lang was still there. They had beautiful designs and unique petite complications at a time when there was little offerings by anyone else. Bad timing and very poor distribution partnerships hurt their image….at least in the N.A market. I hope one day the Gerd R Lang era watches will be appreciated. Similar to how Vintage UG vs modern UG is today. As someone has already commented Chronoswiss has been around a lot longer than 2012.

  • SuperStrapper

    Interesting. I have a soft spot for regulator display watches and this one makes a strong case for itself with that lovely blue dial with unique effect. I’d probably prefer a hobnail type pattern to that parlay effect, which I generally don’t prefer over other effects, but that is just a niggle.

    The watch certainly looks like it has a bit of Jacot Droz DNA in it, which is not a bad thing. Well done.

  • DanW94

    Great looking dial. The back is as well finished and attractive as the front….

    • The movement looks like a decorated ETA 2892 from the back. In which case, you are certainly paying a pretty penny for the jumping hour and regulator hand setup on the other side of the movement. Plus the lovely guilloche of course.

      • DanW94

        I believe you’re right. From what I’ve read it’s a dressed up ETA movement.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Front and back are just stunning. The way the light plays on the unusual guilloche work on the face must be just lovely to look at. Pity its just a little small for me, even with that golf ball of a crown.

  • wallydog2

    Beautiful watch! There’s some caveman corner of my walnut sized brain that is only comfortable with a traditional two handed watch; ie., minute hand and hour hand. (In fact, I don’t really need a seconds hand.) With a traditional two handed watch I can “see” how much time I’ve got before some habitually scheduled event like dinner – or happy hour – or bedtime. I’m hoping this situation, for me, is just a function of age. (Digital watches are just not illustrative to my peculiar mind set. However, I still want this Chronoswiss. Gorgeous!

  • Shinytoys

    I do love jump hour pieces, and this one is no exception.

  • iamcalledryan

    Great execution, but I struggle with Piccadilly lugs and giant onion crowns!

  • Marius

    In my opinion, this is a very interesting watch. The main problem is that when you spend $14,000 on a watch, you are also looking at intangibles such as brand name, history, pedigree, yada, yada, and unfortunately, this watch doesn`t have a lot. Plus, the ETA movement, even with all the modifications, can`t really warrant such a price. I rather buy a less complicated watch, but equipped with an in-house movement from a more prestigious brand.

    • resonator resonator

      Exactly. For 14k, you could have a timepiece from a company who actually inspired these Chronoswiss designers. Just doesn’t make sense at this price point.

  • Ulysses31

    An ambitious price for a watch that is only modestly decorated. The different shades of blue for the hands and the dial is off-putting to me.

  • Nelson

    The dial is really wonderful. Aesthetically beautiful but the crown is a bit too big for me.

  • Twinbarrel

    I love everything about this watch. The color is just stunning too. You would spot this on a wrist from across the room and be magnetized by it.

  • JP. Coqueran

    The only thing more beautiful than a silver guilloche dial, is a blue enamelled silver guilloche dial!!!

  • resonator resonator

    Maybe one of my least favorite names for a brand, but I sure did love (and still do to an extent) some of their “classical” looking pieces, and have been suckered into a few of their offerings in the past. Never have I sold or traded one, as they all remind me of Breguet homages. I do love the guilloche dial and case. Would like to see the movement, or more info about it. Not sure why this would command that price, unless it was in-house.

  • Beefalope

    Why in the world wouldn’t they provide pics of the movement?

  • Sevenmack

    Love the blue guiloche dial. The price is anything but.