Clerc presented the Hydroscaph GMT watch in Basel and it is a natural and good addition to the Hydroscaph collection.
The construction of the ultratechnical case of the Hydroscaph GMT Power-Reserve Chronometer comprises 83 individually machined parts. Developed and fine-tuned by dint of formidably demanding tests, the high-tech case guaranteed water-resistant to 800 metres reflects an uncompromising approach to both functionality and aesthetics. The generously sized 43.8 mm case middle is equipped with an automatic helium release valve, while its iconic exclusive rotating bezel – a perfect circle in a perfect square – is protected from any inadvertent activation by an exclusive device.
Pivoting the bezel by means of the dedicated crown at 10 o’clock requires prior deployment of a retractable flap built in to the crown.
Once retracted, the bezel is thus securely locked and protected from any accidental deregulation when diving. The time-setting and winding crown at 3 o’clock provides an optimal grip, while the glareproofed 4 mm sapphire crystal protects this luxurious high-tech watch from any scratches or violent impacts.
Alongside the hours, minutes, and central seconds hands, this watch also shows a date through an aperture at 3 o’clock, complemented by the power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock and the dual-time display at 6 o’clock – adjustable via a dedicated pusher at 4 o’clock.
It comes with a case in a choice of high-density polished steel, solid steel with black Diamond Like Carbon treatment – an extremely hard and scratch-resistant coating – or in 18K red gold and black DLC-coated steel. Several dial variations – white, midnight blue, chocolate brown or black – provide a wide array of alternative faces. A vulcanized rubber or alligator-finish rubber strap secured by a folding clasp complete with safety pushers.
Movement Mechanical self-winding, exclusive C610 calibre 31 jewels, 28,800 bph, 42-hour power reserve
Functions Hours, minutes, central seconds, date, power-reserve indicator and 24-hour dual-time display
Case Black DLC-coated high-density steel or 18K red gold and black DLC-coated high-density steel 43.8 or 48 mm with lateral reinforcements
Crown activating and locking the rotating bezel
Glareproofed sapphire crystal on both sides, dual-porthole exhibition case-back
Automatic helium release valve
Water-resistant to 800 m (80 ATM/2,624 ft)
Dial White, brown, midnight blue or black
Central hours, minutes and seconds hands
Date aperture at 3 o’clock
Power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
24-hour dual-time display at 6 o’clock
Strap Vulcanised rubber or alligator-finish rubber with folding clasp
Jerome Pineau, Head of Marketing and PR at Clerc, also explained the new partnership with a company called Sub Aviator Systems, specialized in the design and manufacture of mini private submarines. The partnership between Clerc and the American submersible manufacturer is part of a clear prospect of synergies and sharing of skills. The collaboration between the two designers of the “exploration machines” thus offers the Geneva watchmaker privileged access to the Research & Development laboratory of the world leader in marine technology, allowing it the benefit of considerable technological advances and the possibility of testing its watches under extreme circumstances. Within this framework, Clerc Genève thus joins in the launch of high-tech private submarines named “Orcasub”, and whose development potential promises unlimited explorations, to which the brand brings its skill and experience in luxury.