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Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100th Watch

by Jonathan Fairfield
30 July, 2013
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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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Alongside the Maverick and Air Boss, the Chrono Classic 1/100th has been one of Victorinox’s most popular timepieces and has just recently been updated to include a new Swiss made quartz movement, as well as also undergoing a number of impressive aesthetic changes.

The latest version of the Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100th was officially unveiled at Baselworld earlier this year. The new movement is the rather interesting Soprod SOP FM13D. The watch also includes a perpetual calendar and displays the 1/100th counter numerically on two rotating discs, which is a first for this kind of movement.

The watch measures 41mm in diameter  and includes an impressive blend of brushed and polished finishing throughout, with a ‘Swiss Army Officer’s’ guilloche decoration on the dial and a Tachymeter scale around the outer rim of the bezel. The Chrono Classic is available in dark grey with a PVD coating, which is presented on a black leather strap or with a gold PVD coating and brown strap or on a metal bracelet.

The 316L stainless steel case provides water resistance to 100m and also includes an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. This helps to protect the watch’s impressive dial, which brings this unique chronograph feature to life.

Upon looking at the dial you’ll notice that there aren’t any chronograph counters, just the regular hours and seconds hands, with two large calendar dials either side of 6 o’clock. The chronograph is operated by quickly pressing down on the crown quickly, which resets the hour, minutes and second hands to 12 o’clock. The hands are then used to display the elapsed time and you can then operate the chronograph as you would normally, via the pushers on the outside of the crown.

As well as the hands, the two date sub dials located either side of 6 o’clock also reset to zero, which are then used to display the elapsed time to 1/100th of a second once the chrono function is started.

The watch also includes guilloche decoration above the sub dials at 6 o’clock, which is said to be a reference to Victorinox’s iconic knife series, as are the design of the hour and minutes hands.

The Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100th is expected to be released in September 2013 – price TBA.

Specifications

Movement: Soprod SOP FM13D quartz.

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, large date, perpetual calendar and chronograph with 1/100th of a second digital numerical display.

Case: 41mm, 316L stainless steel with anti reflective sapphire crystal and brushed stainless steel bezel. Water resistant to 100m.

Dial: Dark grey PVD or Gold PVD, with special Swiss officer’s knife guilloche motif. Luminescent hours and minute markers.

Strap/Bracelet: black or chestnut brown leather strap or stainless steel leather.

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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