One of my favourite non-sport watches from Chronoswiss for 2011 was this Balance Chronograph – I like to just call it the Balance. The source of the name? I think it stems from the fact that the dial is very symmetrical (and thus balanced). A quality that I highly value. Even though I can appreciate the occasional asymmetric design, my heart is most primarily focused on good symmetry. If symmetry is what we look for when determining whether a human face is beautiful then I think we probably do the same when looking at a watch face.
The Balance Chronograph uses a brand new movement which is the La Joux-Perret calibre 8310. This new automatic chronograph movement makes its debut in this Chronoswiss piece. The movement has a 12 hour chronograph, the time, and the date. The seconds counter for the time as well as the date dial use retrograde hands. Due to the large size of the retrograde date display it is actually legible. The retrograde seconds hand moves quickly across the dial as it measures only 30 seconds at a time. It moves up the dial to the top and then returns instantly to the 0 second position. It does this twice each minute. If you want to measure a full 60 seconds then you can use the chronograph.
As a classical timepiece this isn’t a boring one. Chronoswiss made sure that modern and decorative elements mix well together with the traditional theme behind the watch. This traditionalism shows through most in the case design, blued steel hands, and machine engraved guilloche dial. Chronoswiss, of course, is well-known as a brand that offers cool looking yet classically inspired timepieces. Success in this design isn’t an accident.
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