This year sees three versions of the Clerc Hydroscaph Limited Edition Chronograph watch. This unique piece is attractive as well as functional. Clerc uses a special movement that offers a full 12 hour chronograph with just two subdials. Rather than have two hands in one of the subdials, the main dial is used to measure both the chronograph seconds and the minutes. Wearing them I find the pieces to be extremely cool probably one of Clerc’s best creations thus far.
The Calibre C608 automatic movement is exclusively made for Clerc. I find the layout of it very enticing as it adds to the dial aesthetic as well as making the chronograph easier to read. I do want to say that this Clerc dial has been cleaned up some and the result is quite elegant. The design is almost artful in its approach to making a watch face more visually interesting. Legibility is maintained, and I love the hands – on all versions they stick out so well.
Note how the chronograph pushers have been designed, they look like little wings on hinges and offer a fascinating technical feature. Very elegant work. The case itself is 44.6mm wide and is offered in DLC black, DLC black with 18k rose gold, or hardened steel for this limited edition set. Each of the three versions in the limited edition will be available in sets of 500 pieces. I reviewed the Hydroscaph case more in this earlier review article. You’ll find it very comfortable and interesting looking. As shown in the image above, you can see just how complex it is. Dial options for this limited edition seem to be black on black, a cool black on orange, and black and gold. How nice is this orange version – especially with the orange contrast stitching on the strap? Prices will range from 9,350 to 17,000 Swiss Francs.
I think Clerc really struck something nice here, so I expect more models with this movement in the future if the Hydroscaph Limited Edition Chronograph line is successful. The watch will come with either a rubber strap or a hornback alligator strap. Comfort and composure is maintained in these attractive models. Certainly a good entry to the Clerc brand if you were not enticed before. Look for these… about now.