Flash News: Clerc Genève Hydroscaph H140 Central Chronograph with NTPT carbon bezel
By Thierry Ané on March 31, 2014
Clerc Genève celebrates 140 years of watchmaking history with a new version of their Hydroscaph Central Chronograph limited to… 140 pieces of course!
The Hydroscaph H140 Carbon relies on the same automatic C608 calibre with central chronograph as its predecessors and also boasts an impressive water resistance to 50 ATM or 500 meters. Its 45 mm stainless steel case features the same black DLC coating as the Hydroscaph Central Chronograph released in 2012 but this time paired with a dark grey dial.
The big novelty is in fact the presence of a rotating bezel in NTPT carbon. North Thin Ply Technology produces this ultra-light carbon composite initially intended for making racing-boat sails. Made of multiple layers of parallel filaments of carbon, it presents a wood-like texture that is as characteristic and immediately identifiable as carbon fibres or forged carbon.
Richard Mille introduced this material to watchmaking last year with the RM 011 Flyback Chronograph NTPT CarbonWatches: Richard Mille RM 011 Flyback Chronograph NTPT Carbon that I presented here. The brand used it again at this year’s SIHH for the RM 035-01 Rafael Nadal NTPT Carbon and my personal favourite, the RM 050-01 Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean NTPT Carbon and Red Gold. It seems that even for Richard Mille it is difficult to hold the exclusivity of a new material for more than a few months!
To add an ultimate touch of refinement to this technical-looking timepiece, Clerc Genève paired it with a new water-resistant carbon fibre-textured strap secured by a black DLC folding buckle. All in all, this is a very nice looking model that should easily find its audience.
Have a look at the watch specifications page below for the technical description of this model. Sadly, the watch was not actually ready during Baselworld, so we'll have to wait a bit longer for live pictures.