For a 140-year-old brand in the ever-crowding market of haute horlogerie, material innovation that directly impacts functionality stands as the key to continued success. That’s exactly what luxury Swiss watchmaker Clerc accomplishes with their recent Hydroscaph H140 Carbon L. E. Chronograph. Made in an edition of only 140 pieces, the 44.6 mm diver boasts a woven CCFC carbon case (more frequently used in Formula 1 and aeronautics) composed of 103 elements—which means every watch is unique based on the dynamic method of production. Many ultra-thin 30 micron carbon fiber layers are injected with resin, re-layered and weaved at 45 degrees from one another. The composite is then machined after subsequent heating. It’s a highly precise process that begets a very tough material and guarantees no two pieces will look the same.
Inside this model, which falls in their Exploration Machine series, Clerc utilizes an exclusive C608 self-winding chronograph movement, further featuring 51 jewels and bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif and blue screws; some of which is visible by way of an exposed caseback. Readability is top notch on this watch, incorporating SuperLuminova applique markers for low-light visibility. Special pushers for chronograph correction, an
exclusive crown-activated rotating bezel and a proprietary adaptable lug mechanism all complement the fact the watch can be submerged up to 500 meters. All of this is aimed at legibility and usage under-water, but adds a nice touch to the overall design of the timepiece. This is a durable watch, built for use, and with an eye for design flourishes that appeal to both collectors and deep-sea divers.
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