This year, the renowned Swiss watchmaker Eberhard & Co. turns 130. As a part of its anniversary celebration, the manufacturer has released two special versions of the acclaimed Chrono 4 watch: the standard edition Chrono 4 130 and the Chrono 4 130 Èdition Limitée, limited to, of course, 130 pieces. Eberhard & Co. has particularly chosen the Chrono 4 model to celebrate its 130th anniversary as it is a watch that embodies the brand’s essence and confirms its natural tendency for growth and evolution, all without sacrificing its strong connections with its roots.
Founded in 1887, Eberhard & Co. is responsible for numerous watchmaking innovations, especially when it comes to chronographs. In 1919, Eberhard & Co. introduced the world’s first wrist chronograph while in 1935 the company presented the a remarkable chronograph with two buttons for stop and restart without resetting. The 1939 saw the release of the “rattrapante”, or split-seconds, chronograph. In the following decades, Eberhard & Co. introduced many iconic chronographs such as the early 1940s Extra-fort and “Magini System”, the 1960’s Contograf and the 1980’s “Frecce Tricolori”. In 2001, the Swiss company launched the iconic Chrono4 – the first and only chronograph in world with four horizontally-aligned counters.
The standard-edition Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130 has a 42mm stainless steel case with a circular brushed bezel. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and features a solid caseback secured by 8 screws and decorated with the customized Chrono 4 130 logo. The personalized number 130 can also be seen on the screw-in crown. The Chrono 4 130 features 3 dial options: grey with 4 grey counters with azurée finishing and details in orange; black with 4 black counters with azurée finishing and details in orange; and argenté with 4 black counters with azurée finishing and details in blue. Besides the 4 counters, hours, minutes and small seconds, the dial also features a date window at 12 o’clock.
The Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130 Èdition Limitée features the same 42mm stainless steel case. However, on this model, it features a transparent sapphire caseback that allows the user to admire the circular oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève and customized with a blue number 130. The Chrono 4 130 Èdition Limitée is available in 2 dial colors: argenté or black. Unlike the standard-edition version, this model features a skeletonized dial which reveals the main plate and the DLC-finished wheels, protected by an upper sapphire bridge.
Both Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130 and Chrono 4 130 Limited Edition models are powered by the Calibre EB. 251 12 ½”. Based on the ETA 2894‐2, this self-winding chronograph works at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and enables a power reserve of approximately 37 hours. The latest Eberhard & Co. watches come on an elegant grey-black carbon-wear strap secured with steel buckle personalized with “E&C”. As an option, the brand also offers its patented deployment clasp Déclic®.