With Sydney finally out of Lockdown 2.0 (106 days, but who was counting?) and some parts of the country teetering on the edge of re-opening (with limitations) for international travel, Chronoswiss’ release of the Flying Regulator Open Gear Lucerne Edition made me think not just of going abroad, but of how little I have seen of Switzerland when there for watches. I have been to Lucerne, but I was a child then, so perhaps it I should revisit it one day.
Chronoswiss was established in 1983 in München, but moved to Lucerne in 2012 when its ownership changed.
The Flying Regulator Open Gear has come in numerous forms, including the Pink Panther, which we covered earlier this year.
This collection family is all about the dial construction. It has two levels – the first is the hand-guillochéd dial. The upper level is the ‘open’ part of the name – skeletonised train wheel bridges and skeletonised gear mounted onto the dial, along with the lumed hours and seconds hands ‘regulator’ style. For those who are unfamiliar with this sort of a time layout, the hours are at 12 o’clock, the minutes are the large centre hand, and at 6 o’clock is a small seconds indication.
The new Lucerne Edition is a more muted hue this time, with its dial in galvanic silver and blue – the bottom level is and-guillochéd galvanic silver, and the upper skeletonised level has blue CVD coating. The hands are lacquered and there is, as mentioned, Super-LumiNova.
The 41mm case is stainless steel, with a thickness of 13.85mm. It has the characteristic Chronoswiss knurling and curvature, and water resistance is 100m.
Powering it is the automatic Calibre C.299, which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 42 hours. In line with the dial side, the skeletonised rotor has galvanic blue CVD coating and Côtes de Genève. The bridges are circular grained and the pallet, rhodium-plated.
Coming on an alligator strap, the new Flying Regulator Open Gear Lucerne Edition is limited to fifty prices and has an RRP of CHF 8,800.
[Photo credit: Chronoswiss]