So far, this is probably the best designed Clerc’s Hydroscaph Chronograph watch. If we have in mind that this diving watch line is considered as one of the brand’s greatest creations ever, it is more than clear that a new Hydroscaph Clockwork Orange Central Chronograph is going to be a true hit at the upcoming Baselworld 2012 watch and jewelry show.
There are so many things to be said about the ingenious design of the Hydroscaph Clockwork Orange. However, speaking about a timepiece with the incredible water-resistance up to 500 meters (1150 feet) which was made to be used even in the most extreme situations and low-light conditions, the question about its functionality comes first. Moreover, this superb diving watch is attractive and functional at the same time.
By using two central hands for measuring chronograph seconds and minutes, instead of sub-dials, the watch optimizes legibility. (The orange hand indicates seconds, while the white one shows minutes.) That left space for the clearer design of the dial. With just two sub-dials, it is symmetrical, slightly more elegant and much more functional. The sub-dial located at the 3 o’clock position counts small seconds, while the other one at the 9 o’clock position displays 24 hours scale, providing the GMT function.
Specially designed central hands for counting time allow chronograph hands to be visible in every position. Coated with white Superluminova, hour markers and hands are perfectly readable on the black surface. Instead of the hour marker at the 6 o’clock position, there is a smartly integrated date aperture.
An impressive 45 mm steel case features an extremely complex construction consisting of 103 parts, including lateral reinforcements and the brand’s signature octagonal-shaped rotating bezel. It is also available coated with black high-density DLC (diamond-like carbon), an extremely hard and thermally stable coating.
Exceptional Style and Maximum Comfort
Despite its robustness, the case is very comfortable and ergonomic and thanks to mobile lugs, it perfectly fits every wrist size, even over a diving suit. Both aesthetic and functional, chronograph pushers look like little wings on hinges that react smoothly on each press. Besides the crown at the 3 o’clock position, there is a special crown, integrated into the middle of the case, at the 10 o’clock position, which controls rotation of the bezel and locks it to avoid accidental operations.
Hydroscaph Clockwork Orange Central Chronograph is powered by a Clerc C608 Calibre self-winding movement. Revealed through the sapphire crystal case-back, this mechanism is nicely decorated with the “Côtes de Genève” motif. It oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides 44 hour of power reserve.
The new Clerc’s masterpiece is created in the Limited Edition of 250 pieces. Each of them is available with a striking orange rubber strap that gives the watch the final touch of breathtaking style and artistry.