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Eberhard & Co. celebrates 20 years of the Chrono 4 with fresh 42mm iteration

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Eberhard & Co. is celebrating 20 years of its Chrono 4 with a new sporty model.

42mm in diameter, designers were keen to tap into today’s popular trends in the sports watch market.

The wider story of the chronograph began at the turn of the millennium with insight from Palmiro Monti, who was the brand’s CEO at the time.

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He developed a technical expedient which would make reading the two chronographic counters, which up until that time were standardised on two or three dials located at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock, more logical and intuitive.

Modifying the traditional movements to answer this specification was no easy task; a modification of this import demanded enormous technical expertise and the willingness to commit a significant investment.

After trying for a number of years, his dream finally came true in 2001 when he patented an add-on device to the basic movement enabling four counters to be aligned in a logical and aesthetically pleasing way.

The success of Chrono 4 was immediate with consumers understanding it was revolutionary and rewarded it with commercial results that exceeded expectations.

Twenty years of history and innovation has culminated in the latest creation developed to commemorate this significant milestone, which is available from today.

The new Chrono 4 embodies all the technical expertise developed by the House over almost 140 years of dedication to chronography, with a visual appeal in keeping with contemporary styling.

The finish is polished, as is the steel bezel featured on one of the two versions, the other having a ceramic bezel and a more sporty-looking tachymeter scale.

The Caliber EB. 251 is unchanged, a patented Eberhard & Co. product that has been a Chrono 4 mainstay since its introduction.

The wide selection of dials, all protected by sapphire glass cases with internal anti-reflective coating, features “Clous de Paris” processing in the central area and ‘azurée’ for the four counters, and ranges from an overall black, white or air-force grey appearance to contrast versions in black/white or silver/black.

Straps are available in steel, rubber or alligator to suit any requirement, and can also be fitted with the exclusive Déclic folding clasp.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Monti’s US design patent D4978131 expired in 2018, and it only covered the appearance of the 4-register watch, with a tonneau case and crown at 12, it wouldn’t cover the current design. No sign of a utility patent involving the module and/or movement.

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