New ideas in watch case plan don’t come along over and over again. Albeit not altogether progressive, the particular case development of the primary model from youthful French brand Fugue brings something new to the table. Dispatched a year ago, the Chronostase is a watch with some vintage pizazz and more customization alternatives than meet the eye. Fugue take their name from the French word for “escape,” and it is depicted as a tribute to taking a break from distressing day by day schedules. The more exacting perception here is that the watch can be liberated from its lodging, however is this a trick or the following characteristic advance in changing it up similarly one does with ties? Let’s make a plunge.
Review: the Fugue Chronostase—a Clever Take on Modularity
Case Stainless steel (secluded edges) Movement Sellita SW Dial Multiple alternatives Lume Super-LumiNova (on the hands) Lens Double-domed sapphire Strap Leather single pass; perlon Water Resistance 50m Dimensions 40mm x 47mm Thickness 12mm Lug Width 18mm Crown Push/pull Warranty Yes Price $1530
Naturally, let us start with the atypical case development. Rather than a solitary piece comprising the mid-case and carries, the Chronostase parts into two unmistakable parts. The “case” is an unbending casing with long drags and fixed bars at their tips. Everything else—crystal, case back, crown and all that lives within—comprise the watch “head,” which sits inside the edge and fastens by means of metal balls and the accompanying seating.
The head is embedded from underneath and is marginally more extensive than the casing. Additional security is given by the strap—which circles through the lugs—and likewise your wrist when the watch is worn. From my experience, I found that the attack of the case inside the casing is cozy enough that you shouldn’t need to stress over it remaining set up. With everything taken into account, this measured framework gives you the alternative of changing out the case much snappier than most traditional lash changes.
The standard hardened steel case is a blend of vertical brushing longwise from carry to-haul and cleaned sides. Furthermore, the delicate lip that runs along within each drag and across the top edge of the situation where it meets the watch head are likewise cleaned. In spite of the fact that this makes a comparative roundness to the edges of the container precious stone, it likewise gives an unmistakable qualification between the two. The lower a piece of the watch head perimeter is likewise brushed and frames part of a surface here that’s not regularly seen or appreciated in many watches. Inferable from the long drags and extraordinary situating of the fixed bars, the space between the carries is opened up and the view is satisfying. A little crawl of the dial and raised records can be seen through the side of the gem before the hefty twisting around the edges of the gem kick in.
The case is 40 millimeters at its vastest, and however the carries look comparatively long, the drag to-carry distance comes in at 47 millimeters. The watch head is 12 millimeters thick with the twofold domed sapphire precious stone sitting fundamentally over the external case and the strong case back additionally distending somewhat underneath. Accordingly, the watch feels somewhat slimmer than the specs would suggest.
Four dial alternatives accessible for the Chronostase. Seen here is the Black Metal variation with the others named as Silver Gray, Ocean White, and Vintage Navy. The articulated round brushing gives the dark dial a record dim appearance in some light.
The dial markings reverberation the bend of the case sides with two conspicuous circular segments running inside the hour and moment markers on the left and right hand side of the dial. These circular segments, just as the Arabic numerals checking out each odd hour, are applied and given a shimmering finish across the top. The itemizing is decent, however I would have wished them to have been given similar solid covering of C3 Super-LumiNova as seen on the hands. Having just the hour and moment hands lumed is likely adequate, yet having those sharp Arabic numerals and inward curves likewise noticeable in obscurity would have been a pleasant touch.
Between the Arabic numerals are cleaned, chamfered records to check out the even hours. Albeit the roundabout date window at the lower part of the dial infringes a little on the list at six o’clock I’m satisfied to see that nor is compromised. The file reaches out into, and glides over, the date wheel without darkening it. At the highest point of the dial, the FUGUE name seems higher up than it may typically be situated, however this functions admirably to occupy the space between the curves on either side.
On this dial variation, and furthermore on the Silver Gray, the flies of yellow from the second hand and moment markers give it a touch of verve. On the other two dial variations, the yellow is subbed by a dynamic blue.
The Fugue Chronostase is fueled by the Sellita SW200-1 in Elaboré grade . This programmed type is practically indistinguishable from the generally known ETA 2824-2 thus it has to a great extent similar specs: 28,800 beats each hour, a 38-hour power hold, hacking and hand-winding. Just like my inclination, I’m glad to see a pleasantly planned and engraved case-back as opposed to a development without a significant degree of finishing.
Initially I was worried about how the watch planned to wear with the humble distance across and apparently extensive hauls. I needn’t have stressed. The long hauls are a component of the plan, yet not an issue in how the watch wears. To be sure, the carry to-haul length is completely with regards to the case width. Outwardly, hauls that broaden far from the case will in general be less observable when worn with single pass ties, which are needed here.
The watch comes provided on your decision of Italian cowhide lash. Seen here is the beige alternative, yet you can likewise decide on dark, earthy colored or marine blue. The cowhide is delicate and flexible straight out of the crate, with cushioning within not frequently seen on single pass calfskin straps.
As customization is a major piece of the watch, it’s incredible to see that an extra case and tie are likewise remembered for the bundle. The case alternatives are either a gold plated case or dark plated case, and the extra lash is your decision of four unique shades of perlon, all complete with a Fugue marked tang clasp.
A gold plated case wouldn’t regularly be my decision, and this is likely the first occasion when I can recollect a gold tone case sitting on my wrist, however combined with the retro clues on the dial and matched with a dark perlon lash it truly is a significant sharp look. With an aggregate of 96 distinctive watch/case/tie combinations, you can pick the ideal one for you, however with this specific dial I would tingle to evaluate a dark plated case with a yellow perlon strap.
I’ll confess—I’m a sucker for something somewhat unique, and the Fugue Chronostase unquestionably checks that container without being excessively extreme. The principle concern is that distinctive can immediately become a trick, and the allure can wear off over the long run. Fortunately, the norm of plan and execution here matches the level of oddity offered by the particular case idea. Of course, there are a couple of minor exclusions that might have raised the watch further, for example, inside AR covering on the precious stone or a shading coordinated date wheel, yet it’s clear that the Chronostase offers something beyond an exceptional case development. Regardless of whether you discover a case and tie combination to coordinate the dial and never change things up again, the watch actually has sufficient character and quality to remain all alone. Fugue