Though Chronoswiss was officially founded in 1983 by Gerd-Rüdiger Lang, its tradition of excellence began much earlier. In the late 1950s, Lang began learning the watchmaking trade while living in his hometown of Braunschweig. During the next 20 years, Lang continued to gain the experience that would lead the creation of the quality Chronoswiss watches that are manufactured today. He apprenticed at the Goss firm in Burg/Fehmarn, he worked at the Heuer stopwatch and chronograph factory in Switzerland, and attained the title of “master watchmaker” through his attendance at the master school in Wurzburg. In the early 1980s, Lang opened a small workshop for chronographs in Munich, where he presented the world’s first mechanical chronograph with moon phase display and mineral crystal under the “Chronoswiss” name. The company was officially founded as Chronoswiss in 1984 and the first catalogue of Chronoswiss watches was distributed in 1985. Lang has been the only owner of Chronoswiss since its inception over 20 years ago.
Lang is a man who has carefully built his company on the concept of finding the perfect balance between traditional watch craftsmanship and modern technologies and materials. Still based in Munich, the company name binds each timepiece to the Swiss dynasty of high quality watches. Chronoswiss watches are known throughout the world for their distinctive mechanical innovations. Such technological innovations include the first wristwatch-sized regulator dial watch (the Regulateur), the Opus skeleton chronograph, and an unusual jump-hour retrograde watch (the Delphis). In 1987, the same year the Regulateur was born, the company also began manufacturing what is now considered to be the traditional Chronoswiss watch case, which is distinguished by a screwed and channeled bezel, an onion-shaped crown, and screwed strap lugs. In 1991, the company introduced a Chronoswiss watch model called the Kairos Chronograph, which was the first automatic chronograph with off-center display of both the hours and minutes. One year later, the company introduced the Rattrapante, which is a split-second chronograph. Since then, Chronoswiss watches have consistently been the epitome of technological innovation. In 1998, Chronoswiss introduced the first skeletonized, self-winding, split-second chronograph watch, which they named the Pathos.
Because there are only 7,000 Chronoswiss watches produced each year, the company has earned a reputation of exclusive excellence. The Chronoswiss watch collection features some of the most technologically advanced timepieces available. The Cabrio is a Chronoswiss with a rectangular face that features automatic winding movement, a silent rotor, and a regularly oscillating balance. The groundbreaking Delphis model continues to be one of the most popular of the Chronoswiss watches. It combines three different displays into one system – designed to individually show seconds, minutes, and hours. Another popular model is the Chronometer, which remains one of the centerpieces of the Chronoswiss watch collection. The Kairos model is an additional Chronoswiss classic. There are three different case sizes available for the classic Chronoswiss alone. The Kairos is also available for ladies looking for a luxurious and elegant watch.
Wingate’s is proud to offer a selection of limited Chronoswiss watches for men including: Chronometer, Delphis, Opus, Regulateur and Tourbillon.