Based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, Chronovisor has been building a reputation as a producer of finely crafted timepieces. These watches are simultaneously an homage to horology and a challenge to its conventions. The story behind this Swiss brand began many years ago.
In the 1950s, the legend of this brand’s namesake was born. A Catholic priest by the name of Father Pellegrino Ernetti is said to have developed a machine, subsequently labeled the “Chronovisor,” that would allow one to view images and scenes from the past. A team of 12 scientists was reported to have clandestinely aided him, including renowned space architect Wernher von Braun and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi. Father Ernetti died in 1994, with the existence of the device remaining a fascinating mystery up to this very day.
For Chronovisor watches, this story served as the catalyst for their creation and an everlasting reminder to embrace the wonder that comes with discovery. Deriving inspiration from humankind’s greatest achievements and most ambitious ideas, Chronovisor’s watches are a crossover between the artisanship of yesteryear and the modern technology we have at our disposal today.
Chronovisor’s CVGM7102 is an attractive and functional expression of these concepts. A masterfully engineered automatic timepiece, it exhibits elements of fine horological craftsmanship in unison with a futuristic aesthetic.
Chronovisor utilizes self-powered gas tubes, a revolutionary Swiss technology which illuminates the dial. These gas tubes are located on the second, minute, and hour hands, as well as on the hour indicator. These tubes, combined with the Super-LumiNova paint applied to the indices on the dial, optimize the functionality for use at night and in low-light settings.
The CVGM7102 boasts an international flair with a fixed ceramic bezel highlighting 24 global cities, representing the 24 time zones. The ceramic bezel, chosen for its durable, scratch-resistant characteristics, encircles the dial, where some of Chronovisor’s distinctive visual components can be found. Forgoing convention, the hour hand is in a fixed position, adjacent to the date display. Gas tubes illuminate the indicating mechanism, while a 24-hour sub-dial is located on the opposite side.
The prevailing look of the CVGM7102 is influenced by the intricate ornamental details present on the watch. A synthesis of curated artistic overtones visually conceptualizes time travel. From the shapes found on the dial to the overarching look of the piece, time machines, modern mythology, and science fiction form the genesis of the CVGM7102’s appearance.
The CVGM7102, water-resistant to 100m, is constructed with a screw-down crown. This provides a watertight seal for the automatic movement, a CV-Cal8014, a modification of the Miyota 8217 automatic caliber. With 21 jewels, the mechanism operates at 21,600 bph and has a 42-hour power reserve.
The case has a diameter of 43mm, with a height of 12.35mm. Produced with titanium, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating, the amalgamation of these intensely durable materials beget a potent alliance. Titanium is chosen for its innate toughness and pre-eminent capacity to withstand corrosion. The sapphire crystal fortifies both the dial and the case back, and its anti-reflective properties safeguard legibility, notwithstanding environmental conditions. The DLC coating enhances scratch-resistance and shields it against the elements. Carefully coordinated to augment the robustness of the CVGM7102, the efficacy of these measures is duly tested by 360 hours of rigorous mechanical evaluation.
The CVGM7102 is available in a number of different color combinations, with the wording on the bezel and color of the minute hand available in white, yellow, blue, purple, and orange on a black dial. The color of the self-powered gas tubes correlates with that of the detail on the watch, with the exception of the black and white model, which is installed with gas tubes that emit a green effect. Every piece comes with two straps, one crafted with Italian calfskin leather, and the other made from nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR).
The CVGM7102 is available to order from chronovisor.ch, priced at $700.
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