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.
Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph Limited Edition (Watch Review)
49.9mm black DLC steel case (including lateral inserts), brand-exclusive automatic mechanical chronograph movement (4Hz, cotes de Geneve decorated bridges, blue screws), fitted on hornback croc strap with rubber lining
black dial with superluminova applied markers and hands, 60 mins/60 secs counter at center, GMT sub, small seconds sub, date aperture