Chronoswiss premiers its new Space Timer collection with two models, the Space Timer Moonwalk and the Space Timer Jupiter.
Both 44mm steel models echo the Lucerne-based watchmaker’s Open Gear regulator series, with its hour display hand at 12 o’clock, prominent central minutes hand, a visible gear train (with massive skeltonized bridge) and the trademark Chronoswiss onion crown.
But these new Space Timer models differ from the Open Gear series with a celestial theme that replaces the retrograde seconds hand with a large moon phase and date sub-dial.
For the Moonwalk model, Chronoswiss naturally emphasizes that moon-phase display, crafting it from titanium and placing tiny steel beads around the sundial as date markers, set between Arabic numerals.
The hour and date disks are both made of ITR2, a new-generation carbon nanotube-based material that Chronoswiss says is eight times lighter than steel and can be polished, sandblasted, painted or satin finished.
Here, the watchmaker has partially skeletonized the hour display in part to “create the illusion that time – the day, the moon, the stars – seem to float in the interstellar void.”
Chronoswiss also developed a hand-crafted guilloche ‘Moonwalk’ pattern to decorate the dial. When the large SuperLuminova cylindrical markers (and even the luminous hands) throw light on that rolling, zigzag guilloché pattern, the resulting reflections recall the sun’s reflections on moon’s surface.
All the skeletonized hands, including the red date indicator, are powered by the ETA-based Chronoswiss C.308 automatic movement, visible via the sapphire back and displaying an oscillating weight finished with a Cote de Geneve.
Instead of a patterned guilloche dial, the Chronoswiss Space Timer Jupiter shines with a laser-sculpted dial with a nano-print finish designed to mimic the sandy hues and drifting gases of the massive planet.
And unlike the blue ITR2 date disk found on the Moonwalk, the Planet Jupiter offers a translucent ITR2 disk that, as on the Moonwalk, is set with tiny steel ‘micro-planets.’ A sand-colored titanium sphere illuminates the moon phase, matching the larger dial.
The Chronoswiss Space Timer Jupiter is also powered by the ETA-based Chronoswiss C.308 automatic caliber.