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One more novelty from Clerc SA to be seen at Baselworld 2014!

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While the owner and watchmaker Gerald Clerc is heir to a 140-year legacy dedicated to Haute
Horlogerie, he is first and foremost resolutely future-oriented. He has never been interested in
re-editing the past, but instead sees history as a foundation on which to build tomorrow's
watchmaking. In tune with his determination to stay one challenge ahead of the rest, he thus
imagined the new Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph.

Its technical and powerful case is not only made of DLC-coated steel - a tough and scratch-resistant
treatment - but also features a new high-tech material called NTPT®. Entirely developed and
produced in Switzerland by North Thin Ply Technology, this ultra-light carbon composite was initially
intended for making racing-boat sails. It made a noteworthy stage-entrance in the America's Cup,
the legendary competition that was won twice in a row by Switzerland's Team Alinghi. The properties
of NTPT® carbon - which is notably twice as resistant to microfissures than any other composite
material - account for its current use in other cutting-edge fields such as aeronautics, the aerospace
industry and Formula 1 motor racing.

Composed of multiple ultra-thin carbon fibre layers with a maximum thickness 30 microns, NTPT®
is impregnated with resin before being woven in such a way as to modify the direction of the weft
by 45° between each layer. After subsequent heating, the material lends itself to machining better
than any other composite, paving the way for all kinds of possibilities in the manufacture of high-precision
components.

Carbon NTPT® is a material ideally suited to state-of-the-art technologies and not only offers peerless
rigidity, but is also particularly attractive, since the weaving operations create mottled effects that are
different in each case and thus give each model its distinctive character.

A construction built for performance

The Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph is unique in all respects, starting with
its exceptional 103-part case that is the most complex on the market. Developed on the basis of an
uncompromisingly function-driven approach, it is flanked with lateral reinforcements and a construction
ensuring water resistance to 500 metres. The rotating bezel with its emblematic octagonal lines is protected
from any involuntary activation by an exclusive device: a built-in retractable flap on the case middle must
first be deployed before pivoting the bezel via a dedicated crown at 10 o'clock; and once the flap is returned
to its initial position, the bezel is once again secured against any risk of accidental deregulation.

The 3 o'clock time-setting and winding crown ensures an optimal grip. The broad and partially cut-out
chronograph pushers react to pressure by pivoting around a lateral axis acting as a lever, thus ensuring
uniquely smooth handling and excellent precision for short-time measurements. Comfort is also a strong
point, since the mobile lugs ensure perfect adjustment on the wrist, even when worn over a neoprene diving
suit.

An exclusive 'engine' for short-time measurements

The sapphire crystal case-back of this limited-edition watch commemorating the 140[SUP]th[/SUP] anniversary of the
Maison Clerc a plunging view of another feat: the exclusive C608 calibre beating at the heart of the
Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph. This authentic Haute Horlogerie 'engine' beats at
the high frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) and orchestrates an unusual short-time read-off mode
via a central display. Rather than indicating the minutes on a counter, the chronograph is equipped with two
hands ensuring perfect and intuitive legibility: a central chronograph seconds hand as well as an additional
hand counting off the minutes. The finely tuned mechanism of the self-winding C608 movement also powers
a 24-hour day/night indication that is especially useful when adjusting the date.

A pervasive sense of rugged power

The indications stand out with surgical precision against an elegant dark grey dial. Whether on land or far
below the oceans, this chronograph can be read off with impeccable clarity thanks to a superb cool grey
Superluminova coating on the hands and hour-markers.

A new water-resistant carbon fibre-textured strap sets the ultimate touch of refinement to the Clerc Hydroscaph
H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph - a strong new reference in the line of powerful and prestigious
diver's watches bearing the Clerc signature.

More information at www.clercwatches.com
 
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