Baselworld 2013 preview…
Gerald Clerc of his namesake brand Clerc Geneve is set to introduce a new model in his Hydroscaphe collection, the H1 Chronometer. The watch has a very nice color set, with brushed steel case, deep blue matte dial and fluorescent yellow accents. What I like even more are the 3-dimensional, faceted hour-markers on the dial (see closeup below). The watch will utilize Clerc’s exclusive case design and construction (81+ parts) and thus retain the core DNA of prior Hyrdoscaphe models. Gerald does not introduce a lot of new models, but when he does he makes them count – the Hydroscaphe H1 will retail for $5,900 on rubber (I love their finely-lined rubber strap) and $6,300 on alligator strap, which I think is compelling for such a distinctive and well made watch. I will be meeting with Gerald next month at Baselworld and will be sure to share a hands-on look as soon as I have it.
CLERC Hydroscaphe H1 Chronometer
43.80 mm steel case (48mm including lateral protectors), water resistant to 500m, 4.0 mm glare-proofed sapphire crystal, automatic mechanical, COSC-certified with Côtes de Genève motif and blue screws (exhibition caseback), on vulcanized rubber or louisiana alligator strap with folding clasp
Dial: hours, mins, seconds, 3D superluminova applique markers. Tri-Date window at 3 o’clock
Any Perpetuelle readers who will be at Baselworld are cordially invited to set an appointment to meet!