For 2013, Victorinox has produced a complicated version of their best selling timepiece, the Chrono Classic. According to Alexander Bennouna, the CEO of the Victorinox Timepiece Division, the Chrono Classic 1/100th Perpetual Calendar is the result of a collaboration between movement manufacture Soprod and Victorinox. They worked closely together to produce a very cool technical piece.
“By simply pressing the crown twice, the classic watch turns into a chronograph accurate to 1/100th of a second. That simple gesture realigns the three central hands at 12 o’clock, while the date indicator at 6 o’clock becomes a counter at zero position. To start the chronograph, in the traditional manner, simply press the button at 2 o’clock. The red central hand then displays the seconds, while the others count out the minutes and hours. The same operation stops the time measurement—the 1/100th of a second shows in the window at 6 o’clock. A second pushbutton at 4 o’clock resets the chronograph.”
By double-clicking the crown you can switch back to the normal way of reading the time, even while the chronograph is running. Watch this VIDEO and see it in action. The Swiss made Soprod FM13D quartz movement functions include hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph (with numerically displayed 1/100th of a second), large date and perpetual calendar.
It is available in four different variations: a dark grey dial and bezel with a Black Ice PVD coating on either a biologically tanned black leather strap or stainless-steel bracelet. Or with a champagne dial and bezel with gold PVD coating on either a biologically tanned brown leather strap or stainless-steel bracelet.
The Chrono Classic 1/100th Perpetual is presented in a 41 mm diameter stainless steel case with brushed and polished surfaces. The sapphire crystal features a special triple interior anti-reflective coating. The bezel is in brushed steel. The case back is solid. Water-resistance is 100 meters. Available Fall 2013. (Ref. 241616, 241618, 241617, 241619)