Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Eberhard & Co. CHRONO 4 130 (Celebrating 130th Anniversary of Brand)

Swiss watch maker Eberhard & Co. celebrates its 130th anniversary and to mark this special occasion the traditional watch brand has created a commemorative version of its iconic CHRONO 4 watch line.
Founded by Georges-Lucien Eberhard in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1887, the traditional Swiss watch making house now celebrates 130 years of its special passion for an art made up of charm and precision, its uninterrupted history of taking up new challenges and its watches with timeless personality. The success of Eberhard & Co.’s creations spans the entire twentieth century, enabling it to file numerous patents which have consolidated its position among the aristocracy of luxury Swiss watchmaking. This innovative spirit has found expression in precious timepieces with high technical content which have marked important stages of development, particularly of the chronograph, among other timepieces.

1894 saw the creation of a pocket watch with an innovative patented setting system. 1905 was the year for a special watch with a patented new system for reading the hours and minutes. 1919 saw the launch of the era’s most advanced single button wrist chronograph, while 1921 produced a watch with a special patented device - “Calotte Patrouille” – protecting the movement from dust and moisture. In 1935 the Maison unveiled an unprecedented chronograph with two buttons for stop and restart without resetting, then in 1939 the “rattrapante”, or split-seconds, chronograph made its appearance, followed by the Extra-fort chronograph in the early 1940s.

1942 was the year of the “Magini System”, a split-seconds chronograph that was one of the protagonists of the Italian-Japanese raid during World War II, flying from Rome to Tokyo and back. The ’50s were the setting for the Scafograf diving collection, whose 300 model was re-released in 2016 to great success, receiving several awards including the “Sport Watch Award” at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. The Sixties saw the Contograf become an emblem of its time thanks to its innovative features, in the true style of a Maison that is always ahead of its time.

Collectors and enthusiasts of the Eberhard brand could easily complete the list by citing a number of fascinating new mechanisms and absolutely unique shapes, each of which has in some way left its mark on the world of watchmaking. In addition, from the very beginning the Eberhard name has been adopted by the sports world and military specialists, participating in the great achievements of many outstanding personalities.

Since the early decades of the last century, officers of the Italian Royal Navy have worn Eberhard & Co. chronographs on their wrists, while the Maison’s “Frecce Tricolori” Chronomaster has accompanied the flights of the world’s most famous aerobatic team since 1984. This overview would not of course be complete without the collection dedicated to the legendary motor racing champion Tazio Nuvolari, the great driver who was never without his Eberhard pocket watch.

In recent times, the range has been enhanced with the 8 JOURS which, by means of a special device patented by Eberhard & Co., only needs winding once a week, and the Extra-fort, a re-interpretation of a chronograph that has been an iconic collection since the Forties. And last but not least, for the new millennium the Maison revolutionised the way we tell the time with the Chrono 4 (patented – registered design), the first and only chronograph in the history of watchmaking with four aligned counters, a veritable icon of the brand today. Never before had the minutes, hours, 24 hours and small seconds been arranged horizontally in a linear progression. Never before had telling the time proved to be so remarkably natural. A milestone of excellence, achieved thanks to the passion and commitment put into creating a mechanism that is unique for the complexity and difficulty of its construction.

For these reasons Eberhard has chosen the Chrono 4 to celebrate its 130th anniversary, as an emblematic model which embodies the essence of the Maison and confirms its natural propensity for evolution and growth, its ability to reinvent itself while keeping its personality and independence intact, and without sacrificing its deep bond with its roots.
The commemorative version is the CHRONO 4 130, in a steel version with an attractive, sporty look and also in an extraordinary limited edition of 130 units. Featuring a new 42 mm Ø case framed by a bezel with circular satin finish; the crown, personalised with the number “130”, is positioned between the two drop shaped chronograph buttons.
Three dial variants are available. In all versions, the central soleil part of the dial is delimited by a diamantage-finished circle, while luminescent indices are applied on the outer azurée zone.
Waterproof to 50 m, the case-back of the Chrono 4 130 is secured by 8 screws and features a central medallion in bas-relief with sandblast finish, personalized with the CHRONO 4 130 logo, where the 4 is raised. The model comes with a grey-black carbon wear strap.
Consist of 130 pieces to celebrate the anniversary of the Maison, a Chrono 4 in a very refined version. The steel case has the same dimensions as the standard edition but it houses a skeleton dial, argenté or black, which reveals the main plate and the wheels with DLC® finishing, protected by an upper bridge in a special sapphire glass that is 3 tenths of a millimetre thick, an element of highly complex construction.


A rhodium plaque, secured to the main plate by two screws, shows the name of the model and the historic trademark of Eberhard & Co., as used for the first wrist chronograph in 1919. The sapphire glass case-back provides a view of the circular oscillating weight, finished with Côtes de Genève and customized with the number 130. This edition also comes with a grey-black carbon-wear strap.

Standard Edition, Reference: 31129

Movement
Calibre EB. 251 12 ½” – base ETA 2894‐2
Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding, device patented by Eberhard & Co., 4 counters arranged in a row: minutes, hours, 24 hours and small‐seconds. Date at 12 o'clock. The complete mechanism works with 53 rubies

Case
In steel, with satin finish and polished details
Diameter of the case: 42,00 mm
Thickness of the case: 13,30 mm
Case‐back: secured by 8 screws, with a central medallion in bas‐relief with sandblast finish, personalised with the Chrono 4 130 logo, where the 4 is raised
Strap‐attachment: 20,00 mm
Bezel: with double circular satin finish and intermediate polished cylindrical part
Water‐resistance: 50 m
Crown: screw‐in, water‐resistant personalised with “130” in relief
Glass: sapphire, flat, with an anti‐reflective treatment on the inner surface
Push‐buttons: in steel, “drop‐shaped”

Dials
Grey with 4 grey counters with azurée finishing and details in orange
Applied satin counters profile
The central soleil part of the dial is delimited by a diamantage‐finished circle, while luminescent indices are applied on the outer azurée zone.
Perimeter area with tachometer scale on base 1000 and details in orange
Date and 12 o’clock with applied profile
Counters hands in orange.

Argenté with 4 black counters with azurée finishing and applied profile
The central soleil part of the dial is delimited by a diamantage‐finished circle, while luminescent indices are applied on the outer azurée zone
Perimeter area with tachometer scale on base 1000 and blue details
Date and 12 o’clock with applied profile. Rhodium‐plated counters hands, 24h‐counter hand and 24 numeral in blue

Black with 4 black counters with azurée finishing and details in orange
Applied counters profile, black or
The central soleil part of the dial is delimited by a diamantage‐finished circle, while luminescent indices are applied on the outer azurée zone Perimeter area with tachometer scale on base 1000 and details in orange
Date and 12 o’clock with applied profile. Rhodium‐plated counters hands, 24h‐counter hand and 24 numeral in orange

Hands
Sword shaped skeleton hands, hours and minutes, with luminescent points

Strap
In carbon‐wear, in grey‐black colour, with steel buckle personalized “E&C”.
Optional: deployment clasp Déclic® (Patented)

Limited Edition, Reference: 31130
Availability
Limited edition of 130 pieces, celebrating the Eberhard & Co. 130th anniversary

Movement
Calibre EB. 251 12 ½” – base ETA 2894‐2 with rhodium‐plated finish, perlée‐finish and blue screws
Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding, device patented by Eberhard & Co., 4 counters arranged in a row: minutes, hours, 24 hours and small‐seconds. Date at 12 o'clock. The complete mechanism works with 53 rubies
Main plate and wheels with DLC® finishing
Counters wheels visible thanks to the upper bridge in sapphire glass that is 3 tenths of a millimetre thick
Oscillating weight: with a circular structure, finished Côtes de Genève and personalized with the number 130 with blue colour fill

Case
In steel, with satin finish and polished details
Diameter of the case: 42,00 mm
Thickness of the case: 13,30 mm
Case‐back: fixed by 8 screws, central part in sapphire glass; outer circumference dedicated to personalized engravings.
Strap‐attachment: 20,00 mm
Bezel: with double circular satin finish and intermediate polished cylindrical part
Water‐resistance: 50 m
Crown: screw‐in, water‐resistant personalised with “130” in relief
Glass: sapphire, flat, with an anti‐reflective treatment on the inner surface
Push‐buttons: in steel, “drop‐shaped”

Dials
Argenté or black, skeleton, which reveals the gears of the chronograph mechanism
Rhodium plaque, secured to the main plate by 2 screws and personalised with the historic trademark of Eberhard & Co., as used for the first wrist chronograph in 1919
Hands: sword‐shaped skeleton hands, hours and minutes, with luminescent points

Strap
In carbon‐wear, in grey‐black colour, with steel buckle personalized “E&C”
Optional: deployment clasp Déclic® (patented)

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