One of the best known and most recognizable models in the history of Chronoswiss has been made in a new and visually improved package. The new version called Siruius Flying Regulator is made with a new type of three-dimensional dial with sub-counters which appear to be floating over the specific guilloched background that was exclusively developed by the brand. The watch with a regulator-style dial runs on a manufacture automatic mechanical movement. It will be available in six different variants and three case materials. So far, the brand has unveiled only the photos of the basic version with a steel body and deep blue face which will be sold at the price of $6,860.
The new model by Chronoswiss which will be officially released at the upcoming Baselworld 2016 event is based on one of the most important pieces in the brand’s history, Regulateur Automatique. Just like its famed predecessor which was first released in 1990, the new model will be equipped with the same C 122 automatic movement, the first manufacture caliber by Chronoswiss. As for the biggest difference between the iconic piece and the novelty, it is in fact a new type of extremely captivating looking high-end dial which is responsible for the “Flying” part of its name. It includes sub-counters which are raised from the rest of the surface and thus look as if they were flying over it. An additional aesthetic element that sets the watch apart is the fact that its brass background is embellished with the Flying Regulator signature guilloche pattern which was designed specifically for the new model in the Chronoswiss’s workshops.
Two sub-dials are of course not floating over the surface, but are held in place by pairs of steel bridges. The upper of them is used for hours, while the lower shows small seconds. These counters are on the same upper plane as the flange which corresponds to a central minute hand. All of the hands are in Poire Losagne shape (pear diamond in French) and curved. Additionally, depending on the version they are rhodium plated like in the base model, thermally blued, lacquered or galvanized. As for the numerals on the counters of the regulator dial, they are printed. The ones in an hour scale are Roman, while the other ones are Arabic. Available colors for the dial are deep blue, silver and black.
The watch is set in a small-sized round housing whose diameter is 40 mm and the thickness is 11.8 mm, despite the three-dimensionality which is visible on the dial which could have caused a thicker profile. The housing sports alternating polished and satin finishes and includes a curved and fixed bezel, The case-band is knurled, while the case-back is screwed and made with a transparent section made of flat sapphire crystal. The same material, only in a slightly curved form is used on the front. Supported water resistance is the basic one of 30 meters.
As its famed predecessor, the novelty is supplied with in-house C 122 movement with 30 jewels. Its width is 11 ¾ lignes while the height is 5.3 mm. It includes a Glucydur balance, Nivarox I balance spring and Incabloc shock protection system. The watch beats at the rate of 3 Hz and has a power storage which keeps it running for 45 hours. It is likewise very lavishly decorated with a skeletonized oscillating weight with the Geneva striping, circular graining on the main-plate, as well as gold-plated engraving and polished surfaces.
The only version of the watch that has been presented so far is the one with a steel housing and Midnight blue dial. There will be another steel variant with a silver face and two additional black DLC-coated steel housed versions, one with a blue and the other one with a black dial. Finally, there are also two 18 K red gold variations. One of them combines the noble material with a silver face, while the other one has a black dial.
It can be said without any doubt that the upcoming versions will be no less beautiful than the first variant of Chronoswiss Sirius Flying regulator which is truly captivating.