The delicate art of crafting a timepiece together from its many components is one of the most precious moments in haute horology. We captured it here for the CLERC Hydroscaph Limited Edition Central Chronograph – the orange rubber strap version.
UPDATE: The H140 is now available in Japan and the USA (Los Angeles, CA • Naples, FL • Scottsdale, AZ • Houston, TX).
140 years of innovation, and still pushing the boundaries of Swiss horology innovation. That’s the message behind CLERC’s latest addition to the Hydroscaph family, the all new Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition.
This new anniversary Exploration Machine sports an exclusive CLERC C608 central-display chronograph movement and a high-tech Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC)-coated case with a unique CCFC carbon composite construction. A first in precision horology.
CCFC-like composites have been used in competition sailing, aeronautics, and Formula 1 racing applications. It’s a brand new material developed and produced exclusively for CLERC in Switzerland.
Composed of multiple 30 micron ultra-thin carbon fibre layers, CCFC is injected with resin and deposited in multiple layers, each weave at 45° from one another. After subsequent heating, the material is easier to machine than any other composite, allowing all sorts of creative high-precision manufacturing possibilities
Carbon CCFC is ideally suited for state-of-the-art technologies. Besides its unequalled toughness, CCFC is also aesthetically pleasing because the weaved carbon layers create mottled effects giving each case a unique and distinctive character.
Here’s a quick technical run-down of the H140:
• Exclusive C608 automatic central chronograph movement
• 51 jewels, 28’800 vib/h
• Hand-finished bridges
• 44-hour power reserve
• CCFC carbon and black DLC steel
• Grey Super-LumiNova
• 103 component construction
• Dimensions: 44.6 mm/ 49.6 mm including lateral protectors
• Piano-key pushers for chronograph control
• Rotating bezel with C|CLIP locking safety
• Expandable lugs
• dual pin fastening technology
• 4.0 mm glare-proof sapphire crystal
• Dual-port exhibition case-back
• Water resistant to 500 meters
• Vulcanized rubber
• Louisiana alligator
• Black with cool grey SuperLuminova applique markers
• 60 second counter at center
• 60 minute counter at center
• Day and night / 24hours indicator at 9 o’clock
• Small second counter at 3 o’clock
• Date window at 6 o’clock
The H140 comes with three strap options including vulcanized rubber, Louisiana alligator, and cordura. Roll out to retail locations worldwide started this week.
Clip of the CLERC Hydroscaph official Hong Kong TV spot for the UEFA World Cup.
The CLERC Hydroscaph is a new breed of Swiss luxury watches. How do you craft one?
You take high-tech materials, engineering know-how, and innovation to new levels giving it raw power. You then wrap this power inside the style, comfort, and elegance pure luxury requires. This marriage creates distinctly identifiable timepieces called “exploration machines”. This is the world of Hydroscaph.
Inspired by the deep oceans, these machines are designed to explore the most extreme conditions of life – above or under water – in unequaled safety, comfort and elegance. And there’s nothing else like them in the world.
Yet choosing your CLERC Hydroscaph is very simple. The stopwatch version with a C608 self-winding central chronograph movement, or the COSC-certified C609 self-winding chronometer version. Both movements beat inside the industry’s toughest and most sophisticated hand-finished watch cases with either high-density steel, black Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC), or 18K gold/black DLC steel finishes.
All Hydroscaphs are ergonomically designed for maximum performance, reliability, and comfort. Attention to detail is prevalent from the pushers, the lockable rotating bezel, the expandable lugs, the extra-thick sapphire glass, to the exhibition case-backs. And on some models, CLERC watch straps are interchangeable between vulcanized rubber, hornback crocodile, and Louisiana alligator in a vast array of amazing colors.
So no matter what model or reference you end up owning, you’ll always be ready to explore in style with a CLERC Hydroscaph.
From our hearts and hands to your wrist.