Inside the Chronoswiss Pacific watches are ETA 2892 automatics for its three-hand versions and ETA Valjoux 7750 automatics for the chronographs. The watches come in slick looking black straps with fun contrast stitching or metallic bracelets (which are… interesting to say the least). Prices start at about $3,800. Aside from the Balance Chronograph, this was the coolest Chronoswiss watch that I saw at Baselworld 2011. No official details yet, therefore I will have to infer a bit of the specs. One of the things you may notice is that not a lot of watches have this specific big day and power publication design. For a moment I believed that Chronoswiss was modifying a foundation ETA movement, but then I realized that they were using something more standard.A few years ago ETA released the 2896 automatic movement. All these are still uncommon to find in watches, but it’s a cool motion. Chronoswiss was not the only brand I discovered with this movement this season, Bell & Ross also has a brand new BR01 with all the 2896 automatic.More and more I am becoming a huge fan of this Chronoswiss Timemaster collection. The bold aviator appears are classic and masculine. Very brightly colored, but in a good way. Many men can pull off this look in my opinion. The normal Timemaster case is 44mm wide, and here in 2 endings. First is polished and brushed steel, but there’s also (I am pretty sure) a DLC black coated edition. If not DLC afterward PVD. While the instance is 44mm, the large onion style crown sticks out a few more millimeters.One of the very best design features on the dial is that the layout of this power reserve indicator. These generally appear like half circles or are fa-shaped. This appearance never seems to look great on a dial. What Chronoswiss did is give it an almost circular look by stretching it as much as possible and incorporating text around the borders. This gives it a more equilibrium look that does not leave strange shapes on the dial.

Chronoswiss Pacific Watches Hands-on Hands-On

In late 2010 Chronoswiss announced a new collection of watches called the Pacific. The family stylistically was a very different animal for the brand, and was seen as a unique attempt to capture the vintage watch loving market, from a brand already known for their vintage style watches. The result was a sort of futuristic 1960s mod design that felt both retro and contemporary at the same time. I was fascinated by the multi-level dial, and the bright areas of color.

I was finally able to get some hands-on time with a few of the Chronoswiss Pacific watches – that come in both three-hand and chronograph styles. The cases are polished and in steel. Size is 43mm wide and the lugs are long and typical of the brand. I don’t think we see enough polished watches these days. There seems to be a preference among many people for brushed or satinized case finishes, but don’t underestimate the power of a nice polished case. Breitling knows what I am talking about.

Chronoswiss Pacific Watches Hands-on Hands-On

Chronoswiss Pacific Watches Hands-on Hands-On

Speaking of Breitling, the three-hand Pacific reminds me just a bit of Breitling’s new Transocean Automatic. Probably because they are thematically similar pieces (and have the same case size and movement). Though I think that most people will groove best with the chronograph. The various colors and hands, and all the design makes these the most distinctive of the collection. For both the three-hand and chronograph models, Chronoswiss will offer the dials in both a black and silver tone (though I believe the actual dial itself is made out of sterling silver.

As you can see while the case is relatively simple, other elements of the watch have a more complex look. This includes the chronograph pushers as well as the dial. The best watches often choose either a complex case or complex dial – both can leave a watch looking too boring or alternatively too busy and cluttered. Though there are of course plenty of exceptions.

Chronoswiss Pacific Watches Hands-on Hands-On

Chronoswiss Pacific Watches Hands-on Hands-On

Here Chronoswiss was wise to use prominent applied hour markers and (close to) properly sized hands. These are nice watches first and foremost because they are legible. The chronograph model uses a unique style that I think is simple enough to appeal to a lot of people. Props on the legible hour and minute counters mixed with the minimalist subsidiary seconds dial for the time. I like how the minute track for the main time reminds me a bit of blank sheet music (because they were thinking of the musical “Pacific” I bet).

Inside the Chronoswiss Pacific watches are ETA 2892 automatics for the three-hand models and ETA Valjoux 7750 automatics for the chronographs. The watches come in slick looking black straps with fun contrast stitching or metal bracelets (which are… interesting to say the least). Prices start at about $3,800.