If you’ve always perceived watches as works of arts rather than mechanical timepieces, you’d know exactly what went into the 3 limited edition watches created as a collaboration between Chronoswiss and master craftsman Jochen Benzinger. The collection is known as Edition Zeitzeichen or “Signs of the Times edition” and is crafted through the process of skeletonizing, engraving and guilloche. The models made from 18k red gold or white gold measure 44mm * 10.8m and are named Zeitzeichen V(floral, fully skeletonized), Zeitzeichen VI (floral, partially dial), and Zeitzeichen VII (dragon). These watches’ salient features are flat anti-reflective sapphire crystals, Chronoswiss-signature oversize onion-shaped crowns, sapphire display backs, and screw on strap bars with the patented Autobloc system.
The watches feature modified ETA 6498-1 movement running in 17 jewels and ticking at 18,000 vph. Even the base plates, gear-train bridges, and balance cocks have been elaborately and manually skeletonized and engraved. Some of the movement components are coated with blue platinum, and the hands are blue steel. All three models are available in a limited edition of 33 pieces. However, the Zeitzeichen VII happens to be my favorite as its artistic dilemma of blue platinum, skeletonizing, and dragon transforms into a whole new pattern of visual appeal.