Watches: Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph Skeleton (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on June 17, 2014
Chronoswiss is one of the very few independent family-owned Swiss watch manufacturers. Since the brand was founded by Gerd R. Lang in the early 1980s, it prides itself of producing affordably priced timepieces in the pure watchmaking tradition. They use top quality components from Swiss suppliers and pay attention to the smallest details to ensure their impeccable timepieces remain valued by the most demanding collectors.
With its onion-style crown, vintage-like chronograph pushers, wide hands, and graphic dial design, the Timemaster Chronograph is perhaps the most iconic and beloved sporty offer from the brand. For the Basel week this year, Chronoswiss had a surprise for its many aficionados: they unveil the very first skeleton version of this successful chronograph to allow the fans an uncluttered view of the movement from the dial side.
Obviously, this striking model remains faithful to the aesthetic codes of the Timemaster collection. It uses the same round 44.00 x 15.30 mm stainless steel case with screw-in lugs and fluted oversized onion-style crown. This polished case is paired with a black DLC-coated steel bezel defending the watch from scratches and providing a nice contrast with the silver hue of the rest of the case. It features a five-minute scale boasting SuperLuminova inlays for optimal legibility in all conditions.
Inside the watch beats the Swiss self-winding C. 741 S calibre with a power reserve of 46 hours. This skeleton ETA-based movement featuring 25 jewels and running at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour showcases bridges and mainplate with “Perlage” finish.
There are actually two versions of the “Timemaster Chronograph Skeleton” available. The fist iteration features a galvanic black openwork dial that provides an unobstructed view of the decorated movement within. On this version, the hands and the dial inscriptions are covered with white SpuerLuminova. The second rendition is somehow bolder with its turquoise SuperLuminova on a galvanic silver dial. Whatever the version, though, the “Timemaster Chronograph Skeleton” allows for excellent night reading due to the high contrast levels. Both versions are mounted on a black rubber strap secured by a stainless steel folding buckle.
Galvanic black with white SuperLuminova or galvanic silver with turquoise SuperLuminova, the watch looks great in both renditions and represents a very nice addition to this “Timemaster” collection. With a skeleton movement, the Timemaster Chronograph appears more technical and horological than ever and these versions should definitely please the many followers of the brand.