One of the most interesting watches at Baselworld 2017 was the Faberge Visionnaire Chronograph. Last year’s release of the Faberge DTZ created a unique way to display a different time zone and this year Faberge tackles the chronograph complication.
Traditionally, a chronograph records the passage of time on small circular sub registers. Sometimes the sub registers are extremely small and hard to read and, depending on the time, they can be blocked by the hour and minute hands.
The Faberge Visionnaire chronograph has separated the recording and the current time into two different parts of the watch. The time is told by hour and minute hands around the outside of the dial that peek out from under a center chronograph section. While time telling on the Chronograph is not much different from the DTZ model, the DTZ hour and minute hands are a little longer making it easier to read.
The chronograph section is located at the center of the watch and has two rings with markers for 24 hours, 60 minutes and 60 seconds. The minutes and seconds share the same ring, which simplifies the reading of the chronograph. The three hands for the chronograph nest under each other when not in use and this gives a clean look to the dial. When in use, the hands will jump to the hour and minute.
The Visionnaire Chronograph is powered by the automatic caliber 6361. It was developed in collaboration by Agenhor, the Geneva-based movement specialist. Over eight years of work and five patents are deployed in the caliber 6361. This is the fourth collaboration between Faberge and Agenhor, headed by master watchmaker, Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. The movement has 477 components with a power reserve of 60 hours.
The Faberge Visionnaire Chronograph is available in two 43 mm options. The first is an 18karat rose gold and titanium case for $39,500. The second is a black ceramic and dark grey DLC-treated titanium case for $34,500.
Words and photography by Scott Sitkiewicz