Aside from the Balance Chronograph, this was the coolest Chronoswiss Uhren Replica watch that I saw at Baselworld 2011. No official details yet, so I will have to infer a bit of the specs. One of the things you may notice is that not too many watches have this exact big day and power reserve layout. For a moment I thought that Chronoswiss was modifying a base ETA movement, but then I realized that they were using something more standard.
A few years ago ETA released the 2896 automatic movement. Based on the 2892, the 2896 has a jumping big date and power reserve indicator (of 42 hours). These are still rare to find in watches, but it is a cool movement. Chronoswiss wasn’t the only brand I noticed using this movement this year, Bell & Ross also has a new BR01 with the 2896 automatic.
Chronoswiss is probably a brand which does not need much introduction, despite the fact that we do not hear much about them. I have reviewed some of their set in the past, and they’re well thought out bits with impeccable construction and high-quality substances. Their latest model, a special edition to commemorate a trans-global experience, follows that exact same path.This new model in question is the Timemaster Chrono GMT S-Ray 007 (product page), made especially for Iren Dornier, a pilot and adventurer who is embarking on an around-the-world trip in an amphibious plane to raise awareness (and funds) for a charitable project. While a lot of this Timemaster line already hews closely to some vintage aviation aesthetic, the input of Dornier has created a model that looks to draw more inspiration from aviation.For starters, the dial was created to resemble a artificial horizon, with a midline separating the gray and black halves of this dial. This is placed within a 44mm (16.5mm thick) DLC-coated case, which further helps the dial stand out visually. Pair this with the red accents (and GMT hand) and bright white lume-filled hands, and you have the recipe for a very readable watch – even for all of the functions built courtesy of this movement.That motion is a Caliber C.754 automatic (based off of the ETA 7750), which itself provides a 46 hour power reserve, a skeletonized rotor, and decorative finishes such as polishing, Perlage, along with Côtes de Genève. This movement enables the watch to have three of the very useful (in my opinion) complications, that are a date display, accurate GMT monitoring, and a chronograph.
More and more I am becoming a big fan of the Chronoswiss Timemaster collection. The bold aviator looks are classic and masculine. Very retro, but in a good way. Many guys can pull this look off in my opinion. The standard Timemaster case is 44mm wide, and here in two finishes. First is polished and brushed steel, but there is also (I am pretty sure) a DLC black coated version. If not DLC then PVD. While the case is 44mm, the large onion style crown sticks out a few more millimeters.
One of the best design features on the dial is the design of the power reserve indicator. These often look like half circles or are fa-shaped. This look never seems to look good on a dial. What Chronoswiss did is give it an almost circular look by extending it as much as possible and adding text around the edges. This gives it a more balance look that doesn’t leave odd shapes on the dial.
There is really a ton of lume on this watch. SuperLumiNova is thickly coated, and actually even shaped. Very good darkness viewing in this watch. Plus, all the hands are very thick and properly sized allowing for fantastic legibility. The case also features a rotating diver’s style bezel. Owners of this watch will appreciate the features adding both functionality and convenience.
Through the rear of the watch is a sapphire caseback with a view into the decorated movement with custom Chronoswiss automatic rotor. The case is water resistant to 100 meters. Chronoswiss matches this watch with a rubber strap, but it would also look good with leather or alligator. I am calling the watch the Timemaster Big Date Power Reserve as I don’t know the official name at this time – so that might change. Overall a nice piece coming in two attractive versions. Expect a release later this year.