BY DHANANJAY PATHAK
Swiss brand Chronoswiss is best known for its highly legible and functional Regulator style watches. The latest from the house of Chronoswiss is the Skeltec, a heavily skeletonized watch that showcases the modern and more experimental side of the brand.
Skeletonization is all about bringing the hidden intricacies of a mechanical movement to the forefront for the wearer to enjoy, and that is what the new Chronoswiss Skeltec attempts to do and does it quite well. To give an expansive view of the highly open-worked C.304 movement that powers this watch, the face of the watch has been stripped down to its bare minimum.
A hand-wound caliber, the C.304 operates at a frequency of 4Hz, comprises 21 jewels, and offers a power reserve of around 48 hours when fully wound. While the technical specifications are decent, what makes this movement special, is the way the skilled craftsmen at Chronoswiss have managed to showcase the architecture of the movement crisply and clearly. Starting from the barrel, followed by the gear train, and finally the balance wheel at 6, everything can be appreciated in its full glory from the front as well as the back. Furthermore, the bridges and the minute chapter ring have been blackened out to provide a nice contrast against the steel parts as well as the lacquered red or gold semi-skeletonized hands and enhance legibility.
The case of the new Chronoswiss Skeltec is made from stainless steel. It measures 45mm in diameter with a thickness of around 15mm and features a sculpted design that complements the skeletonized dial. There are some interesting design details on display, such as the skeletonized lugs and the curvaceous overhang on the right side of the case that also acts as a crown protector for the large onion crown. Sitting on top of the case is a knurled bezel that is a signature design element seen on many other Chronoswiss timepieces. It is also worth noting that the bezel, the crown, the case back, and the lug screws on the DLC coated variant have been presented in 18K red gold.
The new Chronoswiss Skeltec Watches would be accompanied by a black textile and calfskin strap. The brushed steel variant would retail for EUR 17,700, whereas the DLC coated variant with golden highlights would retail for EUR 20,900.