Here’s a sweet looking new piece for 2012 from Clerc Geneve, the “Clockwork Orange” — so named for its custom orange divers strap and orange dial/bezel accents. This watch looks to be but a slight a tweak on the brand’s also cool-looking Hydroscaph Central Chronograph featured here last year, but by no means is this a bad thing as I think Clerc is on to a winner with this design and is right to run with it. Really, this is what I like about Clerc the brand and Gerald Clerc, the brand’s namesake overseer — his approach to new releases is measured and impactful — i.e. what few new model(s) the brand does release each year are always worth a close look.
As for this piece, well, I really like the styled chronograph pushers (better views here), and also that it is a somewhat uncommon “central chronograph” meaning that instead of the oft-seen 3 subdials on a chronograph watch, the chronograph timing on this watch (minutes and seconds) is recorded via two center-set hands (orange hand for seconds, white hand for minutes). At 3 o’clock is a non-chrono seconds subdial and at 9 o’clock is a 24 hr/GMT function. Well done, Clerc.
Clerc Hydroscaph Clockwork Orange
Limited Edition 250 pieces
45mm steel case, 500 meter water resistance, automatic mechanical movement (Clerc C608), central chronograph, orange rubber strap
Ed’s note: At the time of this posting, Clerc Geneve is a paid advertiser on this blog.