In this first installment of our Hydroscaph Close-up Series, we take a closer look at the watch’s flagship “circle in the square” case design. It’s a combination of a perfect circle in a perfect square shape.
This is one of the most identifiable – and unique – aspects of the Hydroscaph for both the Central Chrono and the H1 version. Creator Gérald Clerc came up with this idea many years ago and it has become a proprietary CLERC hallmark ever since.
If you stare at the watch directly head-on, you observe what is essentially a circular bezel. However, the bezel is also beveled at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions giving it a square appearance when the light hits just right. These four little details make the case construction quite a bit more complex – not that the 103-piece case isn’t already sophisticated to say the least!
But it’s exactly those kinds of unique details that make the Hydroscaph like no other in the world.