Chronoswiss Opus Skeleton Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Skeletonized watches — watches whose dials reveal parts of the movement ticking away beneath — have been around much longer than you think.
Watchmaker André Charles Caron, clockmaker to King Louis XV of France, is credited with developing the first skeletonized movements way back in the early 18th century. Depending on the watch, this is done by some combination of providing the timepiece with a transparent dial and/or by removing material from the movement’s bridges and other parts such that the constituent components are visible.
Chronoswiss, a Swiss watchmaker established in Lucerne in 1983, has been making specialized skeleton watches since 1995. Their Skeleton Chronograph in particular has seen numerous iterations of the years, but never fails to dazzle with its openworked dial that reveals a dizzyingly complicated movement beneath.
The Reference CH7523S, which dates to the 2010s, is housed in a 38mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal, an ‘onion’ crown, an coin-edge bezel, and the extra-long lugs that were characteristic of the model during that time period. It features a striking skeletonized dial with a white outer minute track, matching white subsidiary register rings, a blued steel ‘Breguet’ handset, and a triple-register chronograph with a date wheel at 3:00.
Controlling this horological wonder is an automatic movement, the Calibre C. 741, which is visible not only via the dial but also through a sapphire exhibition caseback. When paired with its matching, stainless steel ‘beads of rice’ bracelet with a signed, hidden deployant clasp, the net result is nothing less than stunning. Whether you’re a ‘watch guy’ or not, it’s easy to become mesmerized and stare at this compelling dial all day long.
What’s more, this CH7523S is accompanied by its factory goodies. Don’t let it slip through your fingers!
In the late 1980s, Chronoswiss settled upon its case design, which features an onion crown, a fluted bezel, and a screw-in system for connecting the strap to the lugs. Shortly thereafter, the company debuted its Régulateur Automatique, powered by its first in-house movement. In the early 1990s, the Chronoswiss catalog expanded to include the Kairos Chronograph, a split-seconds chronograph, and the rectangular Cabrio, a reversible wristwatch with a patented top hinge.
In 2012, Chronoswiss was purchased by a Swiss entrepreneurial family, with Olver Ebstein at the helm as CEO. Since its move to Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2014, the company has continued to concentrate on mechanical watches, having become a leader particularly in skeletonized timepieces via its Opus and SkelTec families.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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Chronoswiss Opus Skeleton Chronograph