A very modern timepiece designer, Geneva based Cvstos is no stranger to controversy. The new Chrono II watch is another collection piece that continues to enhance that experience. This collection is full of contemporary designs, bold and colorful, a real attention grabber. The timepiece is a way to draw attention to your wrist and while this new piece is slightly smaller in size, it is just as big in design.
One of the new models is designed in black and red forged carbon. The timepiece features a 41mm wide case and 53.7mm long. While it is quite sizeable on the wrist it is just exquisite with the barrel-shaped Tonneau case and looks dynamic and elegant. The shape is bold and certainly has that originality that the brand is known for and while it has similarity to other timepieces might be apparent, the subtle strengths this piece possesses is what makes it so spectacular.
The carbon case is lightweight, and certainly brings that modern look. Some folks feel the domed sapphire crystal might have a glare issue, but the AR coating has addressed that for most. The other concern for the Chrono II watch is the open dial and while this provides a breathtaking view of the movement, some feel the view of the hand and hour markers are not as legible to read. Cvstos addressed this concern with large areas of white-colored luminant for these hand and hour markers, as well they outlined in red and then added additional areas of luminant. The contrast provided is brilliant against the mostly black and dark colors that is covering the rest of the face. Legibility is clear and contributes to the overall style of the timepiece.
The brand as we all know is influenced by the motorsports and racing world so it is no surprise they want us to look at this timepiece the way we would look at one of the famous race cars. Certainly the design influence is clear with the automotive-inspired pushers, and the power reserve indicator.
The Cvstos Challenge Chrono II watch is just a perfect balance of horological excellence and the passion of racing. The carbon material blend that was used in the crafting of the case is combined with black-coated steel and there are also titanium and gold versions. Steel is used in the construction of the caseback and the pushers, and the architectural magnificence of this design is seen in every aspect on this timepiece.
The inside of this watch is a modified Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement that is referred to as the caliber 577. The red-colored rubber strap finishes this timepiece with a bold statement that screams luxury and fun all in one place. This watch is a fabulous addition for anyone wanting to make a statement that says follow me to the future.