Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100 is looking sharp


From the home of the iconic Swiss Army knife, Victorinox, comes a new timepiece – the Chrono Classic 1/100. While it’s not as versatile as the coveted tool, it brings a similar utilitarian-esqe look, featuring a bit of complication in the form of perpetual calendar. All this is wrapped up with a stylish and seemingly rugged design that fits in nicely in the Victorinox collection of watches.

The new timepiece takes some visual cues from the company’s another product, the Swiss Army Officer’s Knife, from which it borrows the distinct texture, here featured on the lower part of the dial. And that’s where you’ll find the perpetual calendar complication, which comprises two discs with numerals, among other things. Above that we can see the part of the dial with the two windows for the current date, the whole component stylized in the shape of a Swiss Army knife.

Swiss Army knife DNA is noticeable

The watch has a 41 mm case made of stainless steel (316L). Looking at bezel, we can see the tachymeter scale, while on the right side, there is the crown surrounded by two pushers. One of the key parts of the case is certainly the sapphire crystal, triple-coated with antireflective layer, and it’s also highly scratch-resistant. Finally, the water resistance of the watch is 100 meters, which promises good performance.

The case itself doesn’t impress much visually, but as we go onto the dial, things become more interesting. We see more references to the multi-purpose tool: the hour indexes, the hour and the minute hands, as well as the counterweight of the central second hand are all shaped like Swiss Army knives, which is a pretty cool detail. All of them, except the second hand, are luminescent, which helps in overall visibility. The second hand is also the most striking element of the dial in terms of color, with its red breaking the grey dominance on the watch.

I wonder if a corkscrew pops out of it somewhere...

Naturally, one of the first things we notice on the dark grey dial is the perpetual calendar, that is, the two discs covered by the Swiss Army knife-shaped cover. This complication will automatically adjust itself at the end of the month, including the months of a leap year, which is pretty neat. As for the rest of the dial, we can spot the two discs, visually enhanced with stylish Guilloché decoration.

For the movement, Victorinox cooperated with Soprod – inside a watch is their quartz chronograph movement, the Soprod SOP FM13D. As you can already conclude from the name of the watch, this is a highly accurate movement, with the precision to 1/100th of a second. Controlling the chronograph isn’t too complicated: just press the 2 o’clock button, after which the red central hand starts indicating the seconds. Even while the stopwatch is running, you can go back to the standard mode, by double-pressing the crown. Finally, there’s the bracelet. Not surprisingly, Victorinox equipped this watch with a stainless steel bracelet, which nicely matches the case, and complements the dark grey dial.

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