Inspired by the concept of cryptocurrency, renowned independent Swiss watch brand Chronoswiss joined forces with Tech Bureau Europe to create five crypto-design watches in an exclusive blockchain series. These extravagant models have been manufactured in a limited edition of only 101 pieces each:
- Bitcoin – the currency
- Ethereum – the contract
- NEM – the harvest
- Zaif – the exchange
- COMSA – the token
These models are based on the Flying Regulator Open Gear with its complex 3-D dial and visible Regulator mechanism featuring the dial as a part of the movement. They are available exclusively via the cryptocurrency exchange platform Zaif, where the first edition, Bitcoin the currency, had been launched back in April, followed by Ethereum. Now, the second wave is about to start, with the launch of the NEM watch. NEM/XEM stands for New Economy Movement and represents a crypto currency of Japanese origin which was created by crypto enthusiasts in 2015.
As the other watches of the Blockchain series, the NEM model also pays tribute to its characteristic logo, which is featured in a high precision print on the lower level of the innovative 3-D dial. Furthermore, it is used in the skeletonized small seconds where it forms the second’s hand. Last but not the least, the NEM logo is sure to be found on the rear side. Here, it can be admired through the sapphire glass moving around on the skeletonized and rhodium-plated rotor. Another special edition feature is the individual number of the limited edition, which is printed onto the lower part of the dial.
Flying Regulator Open Gear Blockchain Series / nem the harvest
Limited Edition:101 timepieces
|Reference||CH-8753-BKBK-NEM Stainless steel case, dial galvanic black
Multi-logo print NEM
|Displays||Off-centre hours at 12:00, central minutes, small seconds at 6:00|
|Case||Solid 16-piece stainless steel case, with satin finish and polished bezel with partial knurling and curved, non-reflecting sapphire crystal, screw-down case back with satin finish and sapphire crystal, onion crown, water resistance up to 10 bar, strap bars screwed down with patented Autobloc system|
|Measurements||Ø 41 mm, height 13.85 mm|
|Movement||Chronoswiss caliber C. 299, automatic, with stop seconds|
|Diameter||Ø 35.20 mm, impulse-angle 51°|
|Fine Adjustment||Via Excenter|
|Frequency||4 Hz., 28‘800 A/h (semi-oscillations)|
|Power reserve||Approx. 42 hours|
|Special features||Skeletonized and rhodium-plated rotor with nem logo and ball bearing; polished pallet lever, escape wheel and screws; bridges and plates with perlage|
|Dial||Elaborate construction on two levels: bottom level galvanic black with multi-logo print of NEM and number of limitation, upper level featuring screwed-on skeletonized train wheel bridges, as well as displays for minutes and funnel-like constructions for hours and seconds display in galvanic black. Skeletonized small seconds with NEM logo.|
|Hands||Feuille shape; seconds hand designed as part of NEM logo, rhodium-plated and polished; with Super-LumiNova inlays
Feuille shape; curved, rhodium-plated and diamond cut
Background information on the blockchain series models
Chronoswiss is a renowned, long-established Swiss watch manufacturer steeped in tradition and famed for its high-quality standards and aesthetics, as well as its authenticity and its strongly held values. At the same time, the brand embraces new technologies. From fall 2017, customers have been enabled to pay with crypto currencies.
Here is a statement by Oliver Ebstein, owner and CEO, Chronoswiss: «Chronoswiss was founded during the quartz crisis and spitefully developed purely mechanical watches, ever since connecting tradition and vision. Therefore, it appears natural to be curious and open minded about the future. Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology are a dazzling aspect of our future that Chronoswiss follows and supports. With its’ homage to cryptocurrencies, Chronoswiss links the roots of traditional watchmaking with the digital revolution of new world currencies»
These limited-edition collector’s pieces boast a high-end aesthetic. As all Chronoswiss timepieces, they are manufacture by highest Swiss standards of watchmaking and impress both by their uniqueness and high demands in terms of technology and quality.
Exclusively available via the cryptocurrency exchange Zaif
The limited-edition watches can be purchased by anyone registered on Zaif. The corresponding auctions will take place within specified time frames between April 13 to 27, with the watches listed in the same way as tokens. Customers must place their bids as buy orders. The 101 highest bids per model will give the respective bidders legal ownership of one crypto-design watch. It is just as easy as buying cryptocurrency.
Chronoswiss was founded in 1983, in the midst of the quartz crisis when only visionaries continued to believe in the mechanical watch. Entrepreneurial spirit and congenial inventions such as the sapphire glass back encasing the movement, an unmistakable design and the first series production of the regulator complication as a wrist watch made Chronoswiss unique and very successful. The brand contributed significantly to the revival of the Swiss watchmaking industry. Today, Chronoswiss is concentrating on its roots by reinventing its most successful model, the Regulator, to the modern standards of the 21st century. Headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, the independent family-run brand manufactures only a few thousand watches per year according to strict Swiss Made quality standards. The exclusive mechanical timepieces are exported to over 26 countries and can be purchased in more than 150 selected watch retailers across the world.
About Tech Bureau Group
Tech Bureau, a fintech and cryptocurrency group company in Japan, the U.S., and Europe, develops software and services for blockchain technology. Tech Bureau recently launched the early access program for mijin v.2 (Catapult) in its open-sourced project. Tech Bureau Europe S.A. is a subsidiary company of Tech Bureau, Corp. Tech Bureau runs a one-stop solution, «COMSA», that provides companies with consultation, expertise, and solutions to support their very own ICOs and implementations of blockchain technology into their businesses.