What is a Regulator watch and why should you buy one?

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When choosing your new watch, a major consideration should be how easily it integrates into your daily life. Granted, this might not be the most groundbreaking piece of advice you will have ever heard, but please do hear us out… 

In my opinion, there is nothing worse than picking something because it looks glamorous, only to rue your decision two weeks later because you're struggling to read the dial or it has too many ‘bells and whistles’.

“But it looked so good under the showroom lights!” I hear you lament. We’ve been there. 

Most of us familiar with watchmaking terminology will know about movement complications; dates being the simplest example and painstakingly hand-crafted Tourbillons among the most superfluous, yet beautiful of all. 

But what happens if you go in the other direction and simplify a watch? What does that mean? How can this be achieved? 

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Your answer? Chronoswiss’ Regulator watch; a tailored solution to measuring time. The timekeeping functions are displayed on sub-dials, rather than on a large coaxial aperture, to make the singular process of reading – say minutes past the hour – nice and easy for the observer. 

But the creation of the Regulator watch was not purely motivated by aesthetics. During the 18th Century, when the earliest examples of Regulator clocks were recorded, there were occupations and scenarios which relied heavily on functionality.

Railway conductors needed to accurately measure the minutes and seconds for train signals. Mariners such as Captain Cook used the Regulator on voyages around the globe. Even watchmakers used Regulator clocks as a centralised reference time for ‘regulating’ pocket-watches and wristwatches before leaving the workbench.

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Isolating the timekeeping functions is a simple watchmaking concept that presents a new challenge. Uncoupling the timing functions from a central pinion, such as those on Regular watch movements, forced watchmakers to use the movement to power and coordinate three isolated dials.

The result, pictured here, I hope you’ll agree, quite stunning.

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This is the C 673 Regulator Movement designed by Chronoswiss, who we are delighted to say have just joined our roster of brands and bring contemporary watchmaking expertise to the historical art of the Regulator watch.

Another manufacture movement, the calibre C 122, powers Chronoswiss’ unique collection of Sirius Flying Regulator watches. It was one of the very first automatic movements of its kind ever made; bringing the convenience of a self-winding mechanism to the historical beauty of the Regulator watch.

The dial of this watch is simply unlike anything you have ever seen before. Beautiful guilloched facets and a ‘flying’ minutes ring add a simply unparalleled three-dimensional perspective of time. The hours and seconds float in the middle, ready when you need them, but quietly inconspicuous when you don’t. Then there is the immaculately polished and brushed casing, available in stainless steel or red gold; an embodiment of pure luxury if ever there was one.

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One might argue a Regulator watch to be anachronistic in this day and age, but Chronoswiss prove otherwise. Thanks to their modern interpretation of one of the most important watchmaking designs of all time; the dedicated craftspeople at Chronoswiss underline the relevance of the Regulator in 21st Century watchmaking. It is truly one of the most ergonomic ways of telling the time.

If you are looking for a rare and unique Regulator watch to add to your collection, then please do browse through our range of fine Chronoswiss watches.