Victorinox has strengthened its Classic collection of timekeepers with a peculiar watch that features a cool double aperture and a double disc date display, as well as with a hidden chronograph feature. The timekeeper in question is called Chrono Classic 1/100 and was named after the precision of the stop watch function which is enabled with its Swiss-produced Soprod quartz movement. Its chronograph feature is, however, not visible at the first glance and can be seen only upon its activation.
The newcomer by the Swiss company features a dial with an unusual and cool indication for the date of its perpetual calendar function which is shown with the use of two large apertures placed above two discs with single digit numerals. Both of these discs are used to show current date. As the watchmaker made sure, the calendar feature calculates automatically whether the month has 30 or 31 days. The necessary changes for the leap years are also taken into account.
Double Push of the Crown Reveals the Chronograph
Not only that these discs and apertures are used for the calendar feature, but they also serve their purpose once the chrono feature is in action. For this, the wearer of the new Vicotrinox men’s timekeeper needs to press the watch’s crown twice. Once this is done, three hands of the analog timepiece move to the starting position. After the pusher at two o’clock position is pressed, all three hands are used to indicate the elapsed time of the measured interval. When the stopwatch feature is stopped, the chronograph’s hundreds of a second are shown on the apertures that were originally used for the date. If, for example, the measured period lasts a bit longer and the wearer wants to see the current time, he can do it with another double push of the crown. This will not interfere with the workings of the chronograph, since two functions are completely separated.
The cool calendar/chronograph in disguise feature was made possible with the introduction of Swiss made quartz SOP FM13D which was designed and constructed for Victorinox by the movement manufacturer Soprod. Unfortunately, there is not much further information about the specific caliber apart from the fact that it is quartz driven.
As it was expected for a product made by Vicotrinox, the company who made its name by the production of Swiss Army knives, the newcomer is constructed with a stainless steel 316L housing. The case is round, it has the diameter of 41 mm and secures that the watch is water proof to 100 meters. Victorinox Chrono Classic likewise has a high-end sapphire crystal with scratch-resistant and anti-reflective treatment. In order to make the timekeepers in accordance with the visual identity of the brand, the timepiece includes a guilloche motif on the cover that spreads over the discs. It is the same recognizable motif used on the handles of the Swiss Army Officer’s knives. Furthermore, luminescent hour and minute hands, as well as a counter-weight on the red seconds hand are in the shape of the blades that the company uses in its multi-functional products. Otherwise, the timepiece includes applied Roman numerals and hour markers, as well as a tachymetric scale on its bezel.
Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100 timekeeper is available with two types of wristlets: metal bracelets and leather straps; as well as with two dial colors: dark gray and champagne. The model with the reference number 241618 has a gray dial and a bracelet, while the 241619 has the same wristlet and a champagne dial. On the other hand, the 241616 has a gray face and a black leather strap, while the 241617 includes a champagne dial and a brown leather strap. The newcomer by Victorinox costs about $900 when combined with a metal bracelet, and slightly less (around $60 less) if it features a leather strap.