Independent watchmaker Gerald Clerc — who carries on the brand on for the 4th generation — has unveiled this year at Baselworld a superb take on his exclusive Hydroscaphe central chronograph. Clerc has maintained the overall design and functionality of the Hydroscaphe central chronograph — a great watch in its own right — while stepping up with some new materials innovation. As the name implies the Clerc Hydroscaphe CARBON puts on full display a black DLC-coated steel case with NPTP carbon bezel, paired with a great looking carbon fibre-texture strap. Clerc’s 103-part case construction is already among the most complex and unique on offer today, and to execute with carbon bezel is a brilliant choice for the avant-garde and masculine Hydroscaphe series. Production will be limited to 140 pieces, in celebration of the mark’s 140th anniversary.
by Kyle Stults on July 20, 2013
Hip-hop artist Flo Rida & R&B singer-songwriter Marcus Cooper were recently spotted wearing Clerc Hydroscaph watches. This photo is from a gathering late last month at the landmark Delano Hotel in Miami Beach. In the middle is Gérald Clerc, brand CEO:
Flo Rida is wearing a diamond-studded 18-carat rose gold and black DLC titanium Large Date Power Reserve model; Marcus Cooper has on a black DLC Central Chronograph (coincidentally, I reviewed this same watch just a few months prior (check it out here))
Nice pop culture publicity for Clerc Geneve, congrats Gerald!
by Kyle Stults on June 01, 2013
Just before I left for Baselworld last month, I shot a quick review of the Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph, done in a limited edition of 500. My review is encapsulated in the video and photos posted here.
One thing which I do not discuss in the video but which I would like to note here is the complexity of the Clerc case. After meeting with Gerald Clerc in Geneve, I have a new appreciation for this aspect of his watches. This particular case is 43.8mm (49.9mm including lateral protectors) and is constructed of over 100 parts. This is one of the most complex case constructions in all of high watchmaking — and although more does not necessarily mean better — I like the attention that Clerc has given to its case and its features. Some of these are unique to Clerc or rarely seen elsewhere– articulating lugs, lateral protectors, special crown-activated rotating bezel, special chronograph triggers. As an independent brand, having unique features and design elements such as this can make all the difference as far as standing out in a crowded watch world.
And on top of this you get the not-oft-seen, but incredibly useful and legible, central chronograph complication.
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Since I first learned about Clerc a few years ago I’ve been a fan of the brand. I’ve reviewed a couple of the Geneva-based brand’s watches over the years (Hydroscaph Titanium 1000m and one soon to be published), and I’ve always been impressed with their quality and strong identity code. Last week I finally had a chance to meet the man behind the brand, the fourth generation family man carrying on the Clerc legacy, Mr. Gerald Clerc. Team Clerc was most generous to sit down with me and discuss their 2013 pieces. Being a small brand, Clerc does not release a lot of new models, maybe one per year.
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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!
by Kyle Stults on June 01, 2012
Here’s a new model unveiled this week by Clerc Geneve — the Hydroscaph Steel Central Chronograph, in a limited edition of 500 pieces in choice of metals (with or without DLC finish). Perpetuelle regulars are already familiar with the Hydroscaph and its unique (“square in circle”), highly complex case (103 parts) that makes it one of the most exceptional dive watches on the market today. This particular model represents a modest extension of the Hydroscaph Central Chronograph lineup, following the very colorful Clerc Clockwork Orange (Feb 2011) and before that the Hydroscaphe Central Chronograph in a beautiful blend of black and orange (March 2011). See below for an explanation of how the central chronograph works and the other dial functions. No doubt that Gerald Clerc clearly has a winner on his hands here with the Hydroscaph Central Chronograph series.
Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph Steel
Limited Edition 500 pieces in each of steel, black DLC steel, and rose gold+DLC steel
45mm case (500 meter water resistance), automatic mechanical Clerc C608 movement, fitted with rubber or rubber-treated hornback crocodile straps secured by folding clasps
note the “tuning fork” style hour/minute hands and the “central chronograph” setup — two central-set hands (instead of the oft-seen 3 subdials on a chronograph watch) chronograph timing (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 functionL
Editor’s Note: Clerc SA was an advertiser on this blog at the time of publication of this article.
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by Kyle Stults on February 12, 2012
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.
Check out this new Hydroscaph Central Chronograph watch from Geneva-based Clerc SA. The watch is “signature” Clerc in its overall aesthetic, with a few unique features and design elements added to give it extra appeal. In addition to the “central chronograph” functionality (described below), the watch also has date and 24 hr GMT function. Design-wise, the hand-set on this watch is very original and exciting — the primary hands are done in a multi-colored “tuning fork” style design whilst the subdial hands have a cool triangular shape. Overall, the orange and white accents on various components is very appealing. Fit it on a rubber-lined hornback leather strap and you have one badass looking dive watch ready to be wristed. Price is likely north of $10,000.
Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph Watch
Limited Edition of 500
45mm steel, black DLC (pictured), or 18K rose gold/black DLC steel case, 500 meter water resitance, fitted with rubber or rubber-treated hornback leather straps with folding clasps
As the name clearly states, this watch is a “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.
Editor’s Note: Clerc SA was an advertiser on this blog at the time of publication of this article.
I recently had the opportunity to review the Hydroscaph Titanium watch from Clerc SA, a small but estimable watch manufacture based in Geneva, Switzerland. Clerc is known for its robust dive watches and unique designs. While I enjoyed the watch I reviewed and think it is generally representative of the brand, I believe that Clerc has far better Hydroscaph models to offer if you are actually looking to make a purchase. There’s also the brand’s great looking and technically advanced Odyssey Silicum models, which look to be in a class all their own. After you watch my review, click through to the Clerc SA website and have a look for yourself. You can also keep up with the brand in on its Facebook page. Lastly, thanks to Thomas Carey who made this review possible. Enjoy the review:
Video Watch Review: Clerc Hydroscaph Titanium 1000m
Photos of the Clerc Hydroscaph Titanium 1000m
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