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Eberhard & Co. celebrates 20 years of the Chrono 4

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The story of one of the most innovative chronographs ever produced by the Swiss watchmaking industry began at the turn of the millennium with a brilliant insight from Palmiro Monti, who was the Eberhard CEO at the time.

According to the brand, the great intuition he had was to develop 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. Consumers understood it was revolutionary and rewarded it with commercial results that exceeded expectations, which encouraged Eberhard to offer other, highly attractive, versions of this mechanical jewel.

To celebrate its evolution, Eberhard has introduced the new Chrono 4 which 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 case is 42mm in diameter, the most popular size in today’s sports watches market.

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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